AMERICAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Greens Farms, CT   |  www.americanchamberorchestra.org

Mission

The American Chamber Orchestra is a 65-member ensemble based in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Our mission is to present music in the high baroque, classical, and early romantic repertory, and selected modern works, along with featuring young professional musicians in our programs as featured soloists.

Ruling year info

2005

Board President

Thomas Jordan

Music Director/Conductot

Christopher James Hisey

Main address

POBox 222

Greens Farms, CT 06838 USA

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EIN

20-1633413

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

Symphony Orchestras (A69)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As an all-volunteer non-profit organization with a budget under $40,000 a year, it is extremely difficult to find organizations/foundations that would provide grants. Most require a larger budget, and it is almost impossible to improve exposure and awareness when fighting to maintain current programming and marketing efforts.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Annual Concerto Competition

Hold annual competitions for young musicians from 12-18 years of age. Three winners are selected to play with the American Chamber Orchestra at its season finale concert in June each year.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Three concerts are planned, programmed and performed between September and June.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Would like to expand programming to include more performances with other educational and arts organizations. Have enough revenue coming in to allow for that growth.

Until the revenue issue is resolved, we are working at creating some partnerships to share the expense. Having more audience as a result of partnerships will also help improve the revenue situation. Move performances to a more "accessible" and "acceptable" performance venue. Investment is higher but so could the return be (ROI)

Board, Orchestra Manager and Music Director are local and have numerous opportunities for creating performance partnerships through networking.

We have completed our 17th season although the last performance was cancelled due to COVID-19. Our Concerto Competition winners were unable to perform and we are endeavoring to have them play during the 20/21 season.
The theater company collaboration scheduled for April 2020 was cancelled due to COVID with no plans for rescheduling in 20/21. Arrangement had been made for a local choral company to perform with us at our Season Opener during the Fall of 2020, but that has been postponed due to COVID restrictions/safety concerns.

Every 2 to 3 years, members of the orchestra do a European Tour. The latest was planned for July 2021 but we are unsure of whether or not that will happen due to on-going safety and health concerns re COVID.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Members of the organization, advertisers/supporters and audience.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Changed performance venue...allows for bigger audience and better acoustics.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Audience has increased - supporters more enthusiastic.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AMERICAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Board of directors
as of 8/14/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Thomas Jordan

Paul DeFrances

Linda Carpenter

Kathy Kuberka

Pamela Pollak

Judith Benjamin

Erica Messina

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/14/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/14/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.