PLATINUM2024

Music in the Mountains

The Music Plays On

Nevada City, CA   |  www.musicinthemountains.org

Mission

Music in the Mountains exists to enhance the quality of life in Nevada County by presenting outstanding performances of predominantly classical music and by offering exceptional educational opportunities for youth and adults in music appreciation, performance and composition.

Ruling year info

1978

Executive Director

Jenny Darlington-Person

Main address

PO Box 1451

Nevada City, CA 95959 USA

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EIN

94-2507337

NTEE code info

Symphony Orchestras (A69)

Singing Choral (A6B)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Providing high quality live orchestra and chorus concerts, as well as music education, in a rural community.

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

Concerts are presented throughout the year: Spring Choral Concert; SummerFest of chorus, orchestra and soloists concerts, both indoors and outdoors; Fall Choral Concert; Holiday Concerts.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Artists and performers
Children and youth

Youth Orchestra; Youth Choir; Young Musicians Competition; Side by Side (playing with adult orchestra); Take 5 For Music (in-school listening program); Carnegie Linkup; Full Circle (Youth Orchestra playing in schools); Peers Performing for Peers; Young Composers;

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Students

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 performances

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

Concerts

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Concerts

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The pandemic seriously affected the number of volunteers, but we have begun an aggressive volunteers outreach program.

Number of overall donors

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollars received in contributions

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Includes bequests.

Percentage of Board Members donating

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

We want to present concerts featuring world class artists at affordable prices, as well as provide all public and charter school students with experiential contact with great music.

Our Spring concert features our local chorus. Our SummerFest in June & July features our local chorus and an orchestra comprised of artists from throughout California. Our education programs include a Youth Orchestra (grades 6-12), Young Composers Project (students working under the Youth Orchestra's conductor to compose pieces for the Youth Orchestra), Youth Choir (high school students), Young Musicians Competition (multiple prizes given for outstanding performances), Carnegie Hall LinkUp (students learn recorder in class, then perform with a live orchestra), Take Five for Listening (daily classical music listening), Peers Performing for Peers (students performing for their peers in the classroom), and Music Live (school assemblies featuring professional small ensembles such as string, brass or percussion).

We have developed these programs since 1982 and have a dedicated Board, Staff and Volunteer corps that implements them.

In spite of cutbacks in school funding and the popular cultural shift away from the classics, we have persevered since 1982.

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 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

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 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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Music in the Mountains

Board of directors
as of 01/23/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Timothy Geckle

Terry Brown

Judith Ciphers

Mark Strate

Timothy Geckle

Barbara Hampton

MIMA Representative

Cara Jones

Orchestra Representative

Julia Amaral

Andy Bernadett

Nancy Kendrick

Harriet Davis

John Jeffery

Robbie Merchant

Chorus Representative

George Husaruk

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? Yes