You could sit closer, but you'd have to bring an instrument.

aka CCO   |   Cincinnati, OH   |


We create intimate, transformative experiences that connect the musically curious.

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Executive Director

Ms. LeAnne Anklan

Main address

650 Walnut St

Cincinnati, OH 45202 USA

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NTEE code info

Symphony Orchestras (A69)

Music (A68)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra is working to achieve our mission: to create intimate, transformative experiences that connect the musically curious. We aim to find new ways to bring musical performance and education into our communities.

Our programs

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

Amahl and The Night Visitors

Amahl is an opera in one act by Gian Carlo Menotti, with an original English libretto by the composer.  It was commissioned by NBC and first performed by the NBC Opera Theatre on Christmas Eve of 1951, in New York City at NBC studio at Rockefeller Center, where it was broadcast live on television as the debut production of the Hallmark Hall of Fame.  It was the first opera specifically composed for television in America.
Following a hugely successful run in December 2012 at Xavier University’s Gallagher Student Center, this new holiday tradition of the greater Cincinnati area presents the inspirational story of Amahl to Tri-State audiences, in a creative artistic performance combining the musicians of the CCO, opera singers, and puppets specifically designed for this production. 
Madcap Puppet Theater has been creating unique performances for over 30 years combining actors, giant puppets, live music and original scripts.  Madcap performs over 600 shows each season in schools, community arts centers and on concert stages across the United States. 
Madcap has performed with symphony orchestras across the nation, and is recognized as one of the most innovative and exciting puppet theaters in the USA.
The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, currently celebrating its 39th season, is widely recognized as one of the leading performing arts organizations in Greater Cincinnati.  The organization has established an impressive record of highly creative programming with repertoire ranging from early baroque to commissioned works.  Its performances include operatic and choral productions, such as a critically acclaimed production of Mozart’s "Don Giovanni” and a previous collaboration with Madcap Puppets – "Master
Peter’s Puppet Show” by Manuel de Falla.
The opera "Amahl and the Night Visitors” tells the story of a young shepherd boy who can walk only with the aid of a crutch. The Magi stop in his village and knock on his door, explaining they are on their way to find a king.  During the night Amahl's mother tries to steal some of the gold the Magi are bringing to the Holy Child.
Understanding that she was trying to help her son, the kings tell her she may keep the gold because the child they are seeking will not need earthly wealth to build his kingdom.  Amahl's mother asks the visitors to take the gold back, and her son offers his crutch, the only thing he has, as a gift as
well. When he offers his crutch, Amahl's leg is miraculously healed, and he leaves with the visitors to meet the child and thank him for curing him.
The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra and Madcap Puppets look forward to again bringing this wonderful show to
audiences of all ages in Greater Cincinnati in December on a biennial basis starting in December 2016.

Population(s) Served

In August 2015, the CCO relaunched in a summer festival season format praised as "wildly successful" by the Cincinnati Enquirer: Summermusik. The 13-event festival took place over 20 days at a variety of venues across Greater Cincinnati. Summermusik will take place annually in mid-August through early September, filling an artistic void in the Cincinnati market.

Population(s) Served

An on-going multi-year relationship with the area's professional chamber choir, VAE: Cincinnati's Vocal Arts Ensemble.

Population(s) Served

The CCO is proud to partner with local youth orchestra program, Music for Youth in Cincinnati (MYCincinnati) that provides musical instruction five days a week, two hours a day for underserved youth. The CCO provides one-on-one and group instruction and has also presented side-by-side performances with the organization, the first of MYCincinnati with a professional orchestra.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work


Scripps-Corbett Award for Artistic Excellence 2009

The E.W. Scripps Company

Best of Cincinnati: Best Packaging of Chamber Music in a Hip Festival 2017

City Beat Magazine

Best of Cincinnati: 2nd Place, Local Classical Music Group 2017

City Beat Magazine

Best of Cincinnati: 3rd Place, Local Classical Music Group 2016

City Beat Magazine

1st Place, Large and Chamber Ensemble Concert/Instrumental + Large Ensemble Concert/Vocal 2019

Movers & Makers Magazine

25 Important Moments from Cincy Arts Scene in 25 Years: Summermusik 2019

City Beat Magazine

Affiliations & memberships

American Symphony Orchestra League 2004

League of American Orchestras 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

This number includes CCO and ensemble performances in each year.

Total number of audience members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Summermusik {CCO Subscription Season}

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

This metric displays the total number of attendees to our Summermuisk festival annually.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra updates and amends our goals annually as an organization. Our current set of goals is for 2018 and our overall goal is to to continue to build audiences in the second year of our new music director. The CCO will once again leverage our assets organization-wide to focus on initiatives that drive audience development for our 2018 festival season and winter series.

- Design our Series with Philanthropy in Mind: Consider collaborative opportunities with social service organizations.
- Financial/Philanthropic Stability: Build a diversified financial foundation for the CCO.
- Donor Centric Fundraising: Continue to build upon new DCF practices and recognize them as a central value of the CCO.
- Grow and Love the Board: Build an engaged and strengthened Board of Trustees.
- Audience Building: Increase audience numbers and revenue from last year.
- Audience Relationship Building: Continue to surprise and delight our audiences, bridging the gap between the audience and the art on stage.
- Stabilize our biennial production of "Amahl and the Night Visitors:" Acquire funders (donors, foundations, corporations) that can help create a stable future for "Amahl."
- Increase Presence in the Community: Build connections to promote the CCO in the communities in which we are active.

The CCO Board has the following committees that are working to achieve the organization's goals:
• Executive Committee
• Strategic Planning Committee
• Governance Committee
• Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) Committee
• Development Committee
• Marketing Committee
• Finance Committee
• Gala/Special Events Committee
• Community Engagement and Education Committee

The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra also has a dedicated and diverse staff with a complementary set of skills that work daily toward the future growth of the CCO and the implementation of strategies to meet our organizational goals.

The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra has been thus far successful in accomplishing many of our goals. A few examples from just the past year are below:

1. "Amahl:" For our 2016 year, we had a goal to start to stabilize our funding and our financial situation for our production of "Amahl and the Night Visitors." This program is presented in conjunction with two local organizations - Madcap Puppets and Xavier University. This past year we were able to develop a new fiscal partnership with our collaborators where we were able to share both revenue and expenses, taking the heavy burden of producing this major endeavor off of one organization. This was successful in helping us to reduce our expenses by 15% from our previous production.

2. Donor-centric fundraising: We are working hard to implement donor-centric fundraising practices to help bridge the gap between our funders and the art. The successful implementation of these methods has led to a 67% increase in current donor gifts.

3. Board growth: As we have moved over the past several years toward strategic Board growth, we have been adding quality Board members who have complementary skill sets and backgrounds to those members we have currently serving.

4. Community connections: We are working toward expanding our connections in the communities in which we work and present performances. We have met with our community council, with other not for profits, and with educators and school officials within our office community of Northside. We have already participated in several events and performances and are planning several more.

As far as those goals that we have not yet accomplished, we are in the process of working toward audience development. We are also making progress toward our development goals for the year, but have not yet hit our target figures for those.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Just a few years ago we underwent a search for a new music director. We collected feedback from all of our constituency groups and everyone's input went equally into helping us decide our new director.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,



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Board of directors
as of 11/13/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Terri Abare

Community Volunteer; voting

Term: 2020 - 2022

Manami White

Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra; non-voting

Robert Chavez

Chavez Properties; voting

Marina Abanto

Medpace; voting

Wesley Needham

Duke Energy; voting

Christopher Sparks

Community Volunteer; voting

Nancy Lippincott

Community Volunteer; voting

Michael Moore


Terri Abare

Community Volunteer; voting

Reena Dhanda Patil

Cincinnati VA Medical Center; voting

Rosemary Schlachter

Community Volunteer; voting

Peter Hsi

Community Volunteer; voting

Daniel Pfahl

PNC Bank; voting

Kaoru Suzuki

Thompson Hine LLP; voting

Ryan Boggs

Ft. Washington Capital Partners Group; voting

Johnnie Carroll

Kroger Banking Services; voting

Susan Esler

Community Volunteer; voting

Linda Holthaus

Community Volunteer; voting

Ed Lyon

Tax Master Network, LLC; Voting

Roxanne Qualls

Sibcy Cline Realtors; voting

Tom Guth

Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra; non-voting

Sijie Dai

P&G; voting

Grant Cambridge

Event Enterprises; voting

Eric Kearney

Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky African American Chamber of Commerce; voting

JC Purk

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center; voting

Christopher Tschieder

Johnson Investment Counsel; voting

Angela Powell Walker

School for Creative & Performing Arts; voting

Nicholas Yoda

Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church; voting

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? 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