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TWIN CITIES CONCERT ASSOCIATION

Classical Music to Rock Your World!

aka InConcert Sierra or Sierra Master Chorale   |   Grass Valley, CA   |  www.inconcertsierra.org

Mission

InConcert Sierra presents exceptional classical and choral performances that inspire and enhance our cultural life. We offer a warm, inclusive community for enjoying music and we provide educational opportunities for youth and adults.

Ruling year info

1988

Executive Director

Ms. Julie Hardin

Artistic Director

Ken Hardin

Main address

333 Crown Point Circle #125

Grass Valley, CA 95945 USA

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Formerly known as

Twin Cities Concert Association

EIN

68-0164659

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are addressing sustainability in our future by creating a new home for InConcert Sierra, the Sierra Master Chorale and our educational programs. We are also creating partnerships with other nonprofit presenting and service organizations.

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?

Concerts for Kids with curriculum

Art based curriculum - docents go to classrooms with CDs and information about what the youth will hear in the concert that we present for them.

We bus third-grade classrooms to our venue and present them with a presentation by a professional ensemble.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Academics

We are dedicated to presenting six main-series chamber music concerts and limitless house concerts and adult education seminars to our audiences.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Since 2001, musicologist, educator, and pianist Dr. Aileen James began providing pre-concert forums for our main-series chamber concerts. Both James and Artistic Director Ken Hardin continue to provide this favorite part of the ICS concert day.

Population(s) Served
Adults

House concerts present great music in an incredibly intimate venue – usually private homes. This allows the audience and artists a unique opportunity to connect in a whole different way than experienced in a larger concert setting. The music becomes very personal, and because of the limited number of audience members, there is ample time for reflection, discussion, or questions for anyone who wishes to participate.

This is the way chamber music was meant to be enjoyed… unique programs with a delightful salon-style social offering!

Admission fee includes an intimate one-hour concert with fine wine, savories and sweets, and great conversation with friends and the artists!

Population(s) Served
Adults
Seniors

Musical Mondays is a collaboration between the library and InConcert Sierra to showcase live musical experiences at the Marian E. Gallaher, M.D. Amphitheater, adjacent to the Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City. The series features local and regional musicians highlighting a variety of instruments and sound for people of all ages to enjoy.

We have over 100 attendees at concerts. Nevada County Library has noted that they have more families going into the library and checking out books following the performances.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Music on Wheels aims to bring live classical music to those Nevada County residents whose physical limitations prevent their attendance at regular performances.

The Music on Wheels program is motivated by the mounting scientific evidence of the positive impact of music on the health and wellbeing of aging persons, including those diagnosed with dementia and in post-stroke recovery. Studies have documented multiple positive effects of listening to music, such as lower blood pressure, boosts in immune functions, pain relief, improved physical performance, facilitation of sleep, and recovery of physical, cognitive and linguistic functions after strokes.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Caregivers

Composers Project with Mark Vance is an education program designed for creative teens, 12-20 years old, with a passion for music.

Composers Project is a nine-month long course designed to coincide with the traditional school year. The curriculum includes composition, notation software, conducting, melodic and rhyth-mic dictation, theory, harmony, music history, ear training, solfege and rehearsal/performance techniques. The program also includes how to write a resume and public speaking.

Students will write two new compositions: one piece for voice accompanied by the student’s instrument of choice, and a second composition for solo instrument or ensemble. Both works will be premiered by professional musicians.

Students enrolled in the Composers Project will attend group classes twice a month and re-ceive weekly one-on-one instruction. During the program, they will meet with visiting musi-cians and established composers/arrangers in town for InConcert Sierra’s Third Sunday Series performances. Participants will also attend and evaluate professional concerts from a variety of local and regional presenters.

As part of the Composers Project with Mark Vance, InConcert Sierra has partnered with non-profit Sierra Harvest to draw compositional inspiration from experiences learning about the local food and farm scene.

There will be two concerts to showcase the Composers Project pieces.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

The recitals program gives youth and adults an opportunity to perform for an audience and develop performance skills. Our first recital was in Nov 2019 with another to follow in spring 2020.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Voted Top Choice by Readers 2018

Parents Resource Guide

Affiliations & memberships

American Pianists Association (collaboration) 2007

Nevada County Library (collaboration - Musical Mondays) 2017

Hospice of the Foothills (collaboration - Music on Wheels) 2022

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Ctr (collaboration)) 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of attendees present at rallies/events

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

Chamber Concerts

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These are per-concert average numbers throughout each year via ticket sales. 2020 was a virtual-only concert series 2021 returned slowly to live performances due to Covid/weather difficulties

Total number of free performances given

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

Music on Wheels

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

"Music on Wheels" brings mini-concerts to local assisted living homes. Started in 2018/19 season. Did not perform in 2019/20 season due to Covid. Sporadic performances in 2020/21/22 due to Covid.

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.

Our goals are to sustain our future of high-quality classical and choral concert experiences that our audience values; tp maintain and encourage classical music education to all ages; and to provide great variety and musical adventures that one may not experience elsewhere.

To accomplish this goal - ICS is currently looking at purchasing and creating a local acoustic concert hall that will be a community asset, to include a conference center for 300 with adjacent kitchen, and a much needed black box theater.

Becoming highly regarded in our community and afar, we bring top echelon performers of international repute (ie. Joshua Bell, Wu Han and David Finckel, Cantus, American Pianist Association winners) to our series and continue to raise the bar on our performances with both international and local/regional artists.

We continue building our robust youth and adult education programs. We create programs that allow our audience to become participants as well as listeners.

We have created a sustainability team with an eye on looking for talent to eventually replace our long-term Artistic Director, and Executive Director, at some point. Additionally, we are creating a high-level volunteer program in an effort to maintain and increase the quality of our presentations.

We are capable of bringing the best in quality music because our fiscally conservative budgeting has created a well-balanced portfolio.

We have remained capable of sustaining our rich culture of warm, friendly and very customer service-oriented programming which we are highly noted for.

Our progress on meeting our goal has been excellent prior to the pandemic.

InConcert Sierra's reserves and conservative budgeting kept the organization thriving during the pandemic. Opening with live performances in August 2021, we were able to build a spectacular 2021-22 season (also the organization's 75th anniversary season) and budget for a loss of income due to the ongoing stress of the pandemic.

Moving into the 2022-23 season, we are looking at a new home while remaining fiscally responsible and creatively adaptable to the ever changing landscape.


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?

    We serve those who enjoy classical music and those with an open mind to explore it. The variety of our programs serve audiences of all ages to connect with classical music in new and innovative ways.

  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In 2018 - we did an electronic survey that include feedback on our programs which allowed us to remove one education program that was not a priority for our community of attendees. In 2020 - We had to go dark due to COVID-19, we reached out to our various constituencies via surveys online and phone calls.

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

    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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Board of directors
as of 12/31/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Hindi Greenberg

Monroe Lovelady

Karen Attix

Barbara Drew, PhD

Rod Fivelstad

John Reeder

Keith Porter

Michael Selby

Robin Laverty-Reves

Valarie Bush

Steve Mendoza

Jeff Shattuck Leiter

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/22/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/23/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

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 employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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 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.