A Far Cry Inc

Boston' Self-Conducted, Democratically-Run String Orchestra

aka A Far Cry   |   Jamaica Plain, MA   |  www.afarcry.org

Mission

A Far Cry strives to ignite a love for great music and utilize its power to inspire diverse audiences and communities. Our ensemble delivers riveting performances that bring classical music to life in innovative ways, with daring energy and commitment. We share our joy of unconventional music making with local and international audiences.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Grace Kennerly

President

Jae Cosmos Lee

Main address

146A South Street

Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 USA

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EIN

30-0456355

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

Music (A68)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

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Jamaica Plain Concert Series

A Far Cry considers home to be Jamaica Plain, MA where the ensemble has a storefront rehearsal space and presents an annual 4-concert series at the local St. John's Church. Tickets for this concert series are general admission with low cost or no cost pricing. All from the community are actively welcomed to attend.

Population(s) Served

In addition to presenting a 5-concert series at New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall, A Far Cry engages with conservatory and preparatory students in the following activities:

NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY ENTREPRENEURIAL MUSICIANSHIP FELLOWSHIP
Open to string students at the New England Conservatory, this fellowship provides a 360-degree view of A Far Cry, including all aspects of administration, rehearsal, and performance. Fellows rehearse and perform in two subscription concerts with the ensemble, attend group meetings, work directly with AFC’s staff, and participate in musician-run committees. Through this intensive immersion, AFC Fellows are exposed to all aspects of managing and performing in a collaboratively-empowered ensemble.

NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY PREPARATORY SCHOOL COLLABORATIVE COMPETITION
A Far Cry’s competition through New England Conservatory’s Preparatory Division offers students ages 13-20 the opportunity to perform with A Far Cry on a chosen piece each season. The competition seeks to recognize talented young chamber musicians and inspire deeper communication through musicianship. The winners are invited to rehearse and perform as members of the ensemble, experiencing first-hand the sensitivity and discipline necessary to work as part of a self-conducted chamber orchestra.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

In addition to performing a select number of concerts each season at Longy's Pickman Hall, A Far Cry also engages with students and members of the Longy community through its residency:

The residency includes lectures and mentoring sessions as well as performance demonstrations, open rehearsals, and other creative seminars for the entire Longy community. At the outset of each academic year, the two institutions partner to determine how A Far Cry will supplement or guide courses and instruction for the students and alongside Longy faculty and administration.

Population(s) Served
Adults

A Far Cry is honored to be participating in its fifth year of residency activities at Project STEP, a comprehensive string training program for children from underrepresented communities. The residency includes weekly coaching and mentoring sessions as well as performance demonstrations and masterclasses for the entire Project STEP community. Criers also coach the Project STEP Honors Quartet, who give a pre-concert performance in Jordan Hall before an upcoming A Far Cry concert each season. Additionally, Project STEP students are invited to perform with the orchestra on a Jordan Hall concert each season.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
People of Latin American descent
People of African descent
Multiracial people

A Far Cry presents open rehearsals and performance previews paired with discussion and lecture related to upcoming concerts and events. These events are presented free of charge to the Allston/Brighton community (and beyond!) in partnership with Harvard Ed Portal (HEP). Additionally, members of HEP receive free or deeply discounted tickets to other A Far Cry concerts and events.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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A Far Cry Inc

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Tom Novak

New England Conservatory

Term: 2007 - 2019

Daniel Lev

Eloise Hodges

Liisa Kissel

Jae Lee

A Far Cry

Sarah Darling

A Far Cry

Tom Novak

Jesse Irons

A Far Cry

Mary Jaffee

Lisa Hicks

Lisa Wong

Ed Cibas

Allan Rodgers

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 ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No