Richmond Symphony

Changing lives through the power of music #rvasymphony

aka RSO   |   Richmond, VA   |  www.richmondsymphony.com

Mission

Vision Statement: Changing lives through the power of music. Mission Statement: The Richmond Symphony performs, teaches, and champions music to inspire and unite our communities.

Ruling year info

1960

Executive Director

Mrs. Lacey Huszcza

Main address

612 East Grace Street, #401

Richmond, VA 23219 USA

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EIN

54-6024033

NTEE code info

Symphony Orchestras (A69)

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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?

Richmond Symphony - Performances

Each season the Richmond Symphony offers more than 200 public performances for approximately 250,000 patrons through concerts and educational programs. The mainstage programming includes the Masterworks Series, Symphony Pops, LolliPops at the Carpenter Theatre, Dominion Energy Center. Additionally, the Symphony presents the Metro Series at Randolph-Macon College and the Perkinson Center for the Arts & Education. The Music at Hardywood series is very popular, mixing classical music with a contemporary setting.
The Symphony also maintains an active touring schedule that brings live symphonic performances to rural communities. Through community festivals, the Symphony makes a significant impact on participating neighborhoods by combining the power of music with community investment. These community festivals allow for free outdoor musical experiences and serve thousands of people each year. Each year, the Symphony joins with Virginia Opera and Richmond Ballet for presentations each season

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families
Children and youth

In 2020, the Richmond Symphony inaugurated the Richmond Symphony School of Music (RSSoM). RSSoM encompasses well-established and much-loved programs, such as the Youth Orchestra Program (YOP), which has been the premier orchestral training program of central Virginia since its founding in 1962. Students participate in weekly rehearsals, coaching and classes conducted by Richmond Symphony musicians. The four ensembles of the Youth Orchestra Program include: Richmond Symphony Youth Orchestra; Youth Concert Orchestra; Camerada Strings; String Sinfonietta. RSSoM reaches 55,000 Richmond-area students and educators each year, and now includes access to a newly created digital library containing more than 45 hours of enriching digital content as an added tool for teachers and home-school parents. Courses in music theory, appreciation, and history are offered to adult learners.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults
Adolescents
Families

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The Richmond Symphony performs, teaches, and champions music to inspire and unite our communities. We believe in music for everyone, and our music performances and educational programs are offered to listeners, aged 0 to advanced age. Music bonds the primary caregiver and infant child, and LolliPops engages this group, as well as toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners, and elementary school students. The Youth Orchestra Program has classes and performance opportunities for students in grades 3-12. Online or hybrid classes in music history, theory, and appreciation are available to adult learners, ages 18 to advanced age. Tickets to performances start at $10 so that music can be accessible to everyone.

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

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), 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 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Richmond Symphony

Board of directors
as of 03/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Elizabeth Cabell Jennings

Truist

Term: 2022 - 2024

Joshua Bennett

Dominion Energy

Phil Bennett

KPMG LLP

Stuart Blain

Middleburg Financial

John Bock

Wells Fargo

John Braymer

Branch Museum of Architecture and Design (retired)

Priscilla Burbank

Retired Attorney

Sandra Chase

Markel Corporation

Angel Clarke

Bank of America

Alison Eckis

Richmond Symphony League

Gary Flowers

Gary Flowers & Associates,LLC

James Hartough

The Brink's Co. (retired)

Cheryl Goddard

Goddard LLC

Rebecca Horner

Community Volunteer

Lacey Huszcza

Executive Director of the Richmond Symphony

Elizabeth Jennings

Chair of the Richmond Symphony Board; SunTrust Bank

D. Keene

McGuire Woods LLP

Christopher Lindbloom

Janney Montgomery Scott

J. Linhart

The Linhart Company

George Mahoney

Media General, Inc. (retired)

William (Bill) Mears, Jr.

Retired

Patrick Murtaugh

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Roger Neathawk

NDP

Kamran Raika

River Hills Wealth Management

Leon Roday

Retired

John (Rick) Sample

Rainbow Station Group

Maura Scott

Runners Corporation

Richard Szucs

Commonwealth Radiology, PC

Brandon Taylor

Taylor Hoffman

Marcia Thalheimer

John Walker

Williams Mullen, PC

Ludi Webber

Retired

Mark Wickersham

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP

Mark Wolfram

M&T Bank

Elizabeth (Betsy) Wollan

American Civil War Museum

Bucci Zeugner

Davenport & Co., LLC

Bucci Zeugner

James Hartough

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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/17/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/17/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.