Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Inc.

Milwaukee, WI   |  www.wcmusic.org

Mission

Inspiring individuals and communities through exceptional music education accessible to all.

Ruling year info

1953

President & CEO

Mr. Eric Tillich

Main address

1584 N Prospect Ave

Milwaukee, WI 53202 USA

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EIN

39-0915050

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Performing Arts Schools (A6E)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is a shortage of qualified, skilled and trained music educators in Southeastern Wisconsin and our community does not have the access they need to quality music education.

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?

Conservatory Connections

The Conservatory Connections program brings Conservatory music teachers into area schools and community organizations that may not otherwise have music instruction, including early childhood education programs and senior centers. Connections teachers present a variety fo music instruments and styles to students in a group environment which encourages collaboration with classmates. Over 14,000 students in 60+ schools across six counties- including more than 7,000 Milwaukee Public School students- rely on Conservatory Connections teachers to help them sing, play music, and discover their creativity.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Seniors

Students who participate in Individual Instruction receive weekly instruction with a Conservatory Faculty member at one of the Conservatory's many campuses. Group classes are designed for beginners and more casual learners. Private lessons are generally regard as the most efficient way to improve skills as an instrumentalist and/or vocalist. Ensembles and advanced programs offer accelerated students the opportunity to further their skill with other students in a more accelerated specialized environment. Weekly lessons, classes, and ensemble coaching are priceless opportunities for students to build a minoring relationship with a positive role model.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Providing financial assistance for music lessons, classes, ensembles, and advanced programs is the most direct way to expose students to the benefits of music and to help a diverse, eager student body realize their potential. The Conservatory offers both need-based and merit-based financial relief.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

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.

We strive to give every student—regardless of their musical ability, geographic location, or socio-economic background—the opportunity to receive the benefits of music education.

The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music strategies are as follows:
• Provide increased financial aid for a diverse, talented student body.
• Bring Conservatory music teachers into area schools and community organizations, including early childhood education programs, K-12 students and senior centers that might not otherwise have music instruction, through the Conservatory Connections program which reaches over 15,000 individuals on a weekly basis.
• Expand our reach with new locations for instruction.
• Create world-class resources for music education with updated classrooms, student friendly spaces, new instrument labs at the McIntosh|Goodrich Mansion.
• Recruit the very best talent from across the country to become part of our faculty.
• Provide musical instruments and equipment to underserved youth in our community, as well as raise money to cover the cost of repairs, through a biannual Instrument Drive.

With the launch of the Campaign for the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, fundraising efforts have been focused on providing access to quality music education, creating a center for music education in Milwaukee, and strengthening the Conservatory to meet future needs. The Conservatory has a 120-year history of music education in Wisconsin. As Wendell Willis, COO of Milwaukee Public Schools said, "Each week, Conservatory teachers help thousands of Milwaukee’s young people discover their creativity and realize their potential through outstanding curriculum-based music education programs. Most importantly—the Conservatory is truly providing the equity we believe is essential for our students." The Board along with management have created a 3-year comprehensive Strategic Plan with measurable goals including initiatives in programs, talent, fundraising, marketing, accessibility, and board leadership.

The Conservatory held a successful instrument drive in the all of 2017, raising over 170 instruments for underserved youth. There is also evidence of expansion and growth, including a 34% increase in individual instruction teaching hours and an over 116% increase in the number of Conservatory Connections students served over the past 3 years
The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music will strive to sustain growth and continue to increase financial aid as we work toward quality music education, accessible to all.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 5/11/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jack Miller

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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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/11/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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