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BERKELEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

aka Berkeley Symphony   |   Berkeley, CA   |  www.berkeleysymphony.org

Mission

The mission of Berkeley Symphony is to perform symphonic music that engages the intellect, sparks the curiosity, and delights the spirit of our unique community.

Ruling year info

1973

Executive Director

Kate Kammeyer

Main address

1919 Addison Street Suite 201

Berkeley, CA 94704 USA

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EIN

23-7219508

NTEE code info

Symphony Orchestras (A69)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Berkeley Symphony Core Programs

Since its founding in 1971, Berkeley Symphony has gained a national reputation for taking programmatic risks and presenting major new works alongside fresh interpretations of the classical repertoire for an annual audience of 5,000, with a dedication to innovation, community, and excellence. We are prioritizing inclusion and representation on our stage and developing partnerships with organizations and artists whose work is timely, relevant, and engaging. Over 40% of the works performed in our last fifteen seasons have been by living composers, including women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and multidisciplinary artists. This has made our stage much more reflective of the community we serve. Since 1985, we have partnered with the Berkeley Unified School District to offer our Music in the Schools program which annually provides 4,700 young people of all ages and skills equitable access to music education in a dynamic, accessible, and engaging format.

Population(s) Served
Adults

4-concert annual season at Zellerbach Hall, featuring a unique blend of contemporary and classical symphonic works.  We also present a New Music Reading Series for local emerging composers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Music in the Schools (MITS) provides each of the approximately 4,000 elementary students in the Berkeley Unified School District with a comprehensive, year-long, sequential music education program. In alignment with the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standard for California Public Schools, the program includes 250+ musician classroom visits, dozens of educational in-school concerts, free music lessons, performance opportunities in the "I'm a Performer" and "Family Concert" series and subsidized tickets to mainstage Berkeley Symphony concerts each year.

Population(s) Served
Children
Adolescents
Preteens

Where we work

Awards

Award for Adventurous Programming 2011

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)

Award for Adventurous Programming 2009

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)

Award for Adventurous Programming 2008

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)

Award for Adventurous Programming 2006

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)

Bank of America "Excellence in Music Education" Award 2005

League of American Orchestras

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

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, 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 identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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BERKELEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Board of directors
as of 03/14/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Paul Bennett

Kathleen G. Henschel

Finance Manager, Chevron Corp. (retired)

Thomas Z. Reicher

Partner, Cooley LLP

Susan Acquistapace

Professor of Biology, Mills College

William Knuttel

Winemaker and Proprietor, William Knuttel Winery

Janet Maestre

Flute Instructor/Orchestra Member (retired)

Sandy McCoy

Development Consultant

Janet McCutcheon

McCutcheon Construction

John Dewes

Chevron Corp, retired

Deborah Gould

MD, Pediatrics

Paul Bennett

Chevron Corp, retired

Shikiri Hightower-Gaskin

Blue Shield of California

Rebecca Eichorn Erdiakoff

The Grubb Co., realtor

Emma Moon

SF Jazz, Director of Development

Rigel Robinson

City of Berkeley, councilmember

Shariq Yosufzai

Chevron Corp

Kathleen Crandall

Better Homes and Garden/ Reliance Partners

Michael Taddei

Berkeley Symphony musician

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/14/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/14/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.