Ashland Symphony Orchestra

Enrich your life with outstanding music from The Jewel of Ashland County!

aka Ashland Symphony Orchestra   |   Ashland, OH   |  www.ashlandsymphony.org

Mission

The mission of the Ashland Symphony Orchestra is to enrich the quality of life for all generations by presenting outstanding orchestral music, promoting community involvement, and encouraging music education.

Ruling year info

1977

Executive Director

Martha Buckner

Main address

401 College Ave

Ashland, OH 44805 USA

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EIN

34-1238989

NTEE code info

Symphony Orchestras (A69)

IRS filing requirement

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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?

Subscription Concerts

The Ashland Symphony Orchestra performs 6 concerts each season as part of its subscription series.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

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 paid admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Subscription Concerts

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020 = July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021 (no in person concerts due to the pandemic); 2019= July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020 (one concert cancelled due to pandemic); 2018=July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019

Total number of free performances given

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

2020 = July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021 (down due to pandemic); 2019= July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020; 2018=July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019

Total number of performances

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Subscription Concerts

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

2020 = July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021 (down due to pandemic); 2019= July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020; 2018=July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019

Number of broadcast audience members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of YouTube and Facebook views. For concert season July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. Previous years not applicable

Total dollars paid to artists

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Subscription Concerts

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

2020 = July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021 (no live performances, small ensemble recordings only); 2019= July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020; 2018=July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019

Number of professional artists employed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Subscription Concerts

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

2020 numbers down due to pandemic

Value of ASO endowments held at Ashland County Community Foundation.

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

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020= July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020; 2019=July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019; 2018=July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018

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.

The Ashland Symphony Orchestra aspires to become a leading arts organization in North Central Ohio known for high quality, affordable performances and community outreach programs that impact audiences from Ashland County and beyond. The goals for achieving this are to increase and promote the Ashland Symphony Orchestra “brand”; to improve and strengthen the orchestra; to strengthen the administrative functions of the organization; and to strengthen the Board of Directors.

Continue to offer and expand a variety of programs that impact all age groups.
Create partnerships with local businesses and community organizations that help promote the ASO.
Commit to regular increases in musician pay to remain competitive and attract new talent.
Continue to include at least one member of the orchestra as a member of the board.
Expand office staff to include a part time office assistant.
Continue to update office/organizational policies and procedures.
Commit to growing endowment funds through an annual investment with Ashland County Community Foundation. Identify and recruit board members who live and work outside of Ashland County.
Identify and recruit board members who already possess specific skills that they can help the board apply to the ASO.
Identify and recruit a teenage youth board member.

The ASO is in the process of auditioning a new music director/conductor. Once hired, this person will be able to create programs that will impact all ages. The ASO belongs to three area chambers of commerce and one Main Street organization. Presentation of quality programs and effective fundraising enable the ASO to attract talented musicians, raise funds, and create/grow endowments. Board members are encouraged to nominate persons to the board.

Post pandemic, the ASO will offer 6 subscription concerts and one free family concert. Five music director/conductor candidates are scheduled to audition in 2021-2022. The ASO has a traveling instrument petting zoo which visits local schools to introduce students to musical instruments. The ASO has partnered with local choruses and ballet companies to present exciting and interesting concerts. The Board of Directors has one orchestra musician and one youth member. The ASO has established three new endowments since 2018 and seven new donor designated funds have been established since 2017. The ASO has hired a part-time office assistant and moved some administrative functions to online software.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Ashland Symphony Orchestra

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rev. Thomas Snyder

Ashland Theological Seminary, retired

Term: 2016 - 2022

Eric Abel

Bethel Baptist Church

Allan Andersen

WebDev Works

Betsy Chapman

Ashland University

JoAnn Ford Watson

Ohio Presbyterian Corporation of Churches USA

Connie Gorrell

Susan Gregg

First United Methodist Church

Jon Haag

Depuy Synthes Orthopedics

Michael Hupfer

Ashland University, retired

Mary Kettering

SimplyFun

Stanley Kopp

retired

Jessica Kremser

Ashland Public Library

Kimberly Marcelli

Ashland County Common Pleas Court, retired

Melanie Miller

Ashland Care Center

Bea North

Ashland City Schools, retired

Leonard Salvo

Ashland University, retired

Jacob Slade

student

Thomas Snyder

The United Methodist Church, retired

Glen Stewart

Mayor of Ashland, retired

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/29/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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