SYMPHONY CHORUS OF NEW ORLEANS

New Orleans, LA   |  http://www.symphonychorus.org
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SYMPHONY CHORUS OF NEW ORLEANS

EIN: 72-1202296


Mission

SCNO Mission

Making a difference in the lives of our singers, our audience, and our community through the power and beauty of choral singing.

SCNO Vision

Building a world where beauty, creativity, and expression are experienced, valued, and nurtured.

SCNO Values

Artistic Excellence
Respect (for the dignity, worth, and creative potential of every individual)
Continuous Improvement
Collaboration
Civic Engagement

Ruling year info

1993

Music Director

Mr. Steven Edwards

Main address

Po Box 50542

New Orleans, LA 70150 USA

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EIN

72-1202296

Subject area info

Vocal music

Population served info

Adults

Homeless people

NTEE code info

Singing Choral (A6B)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Tax forms

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Symphony Chorus of New Orleans envisions a world where beauty, creativity, and expression are experienced, valued, and nurtured.

Our mission is making a difference in the lives of our singers, our audience, and our community through the power and beauty of choral singing.

Our organization values:

• Artistic Excellence
• Respect (for the dignity, worth, and creative potential of every individual)
• Continuous Improvement
• Collaboration
• Civic Engagement

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?

STREET REQUIEM: Impacting Homeless through the Arts

Performance of Street Requiem at Academy of the Sacred Heart Nims Center to benefit Ozanam Inn, Hotel Hope.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Homeless people

Performance of Messiah with professional vocal soloists and members of LPO at Most Holy Name of Jesus Church.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Strategic Goals

Goal One: Recruit and retain excellent singers to stabilize the size and balance of the chorus. (20-25 sopranos, 20-25 altos,10-15 tenors,15-20 basses)

Goal Two: Produce, market, and present at least four excellent concert programs with professional vocal soloists and instrumental or orchestra accompaniment as appropriate.

Goal Three: Seek out and develop opportunities to collaborate with area arts, education, and civic organizations.

Goal Four: Promote and demonstrate progress in addressing issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.

Goal Five: Increase Symphony Chorus of New Orleans' capacity to accomplish its goals and model best practices to ensure effective management, operations, and governance.

Symphony Chorus of New Orleans makes a difference in the lives of our singers by offering opportunities for life-long learning, continual improvement, and the joy of shared musical experiences. We make a difference in the lives of our audience by dedication to high standards of artistic excellence. We make a difference in the lives of our community by programming masterworks of the choral repertoire, along with new music that addresses the issues of our own time and place.

Symphony Chorus of New Orleans' hallmark is creating rehearsal and performance experiences that are friendly, collegial, welcoming, and encouraging, and that bring performers, audience, and community together to experience the power and beauty of choral singing.

Symphony Chorus of New Orleans speaks with a strong and unified voice to increase recognition of singing together as an essential part of society, health-promoting activity, and a valuable means of community engagement.

Our primary strategy lies in recruiting singers and, especially, board members who can help us expand our fund-raising and social media connections.

Symphony Chorus of New Orleans has strong brand identity and audience loyalty. We have a strong core of volunteer singers and a capable and dedicated board of directors.

We have continued to produce a quality artistic product and have expanded our collaborations within the community. In fall, 2019 we produced two performances of Handel's Messiah in collaboration with the Chalmette High School Music Dept. and the University of New Orleans Chorale. The first, at the Chalmette Cultural Arts Center, and the second at the University of New Orleans - both new venues for us. During spring, 2020 we were forced to postpone performances of Haydn's The Creation due to COVID-19. A PPP grant allowed us to continue paying staff. We kept the chorus together for fall, 2020 working toward creation of a virtual chorus video of the premiere of Hussein Janmohamed's The Wedding, which we had helped commission as part of a consortium of choruses through Chorus America. During the spring, 2021 we began rehearsals using Zoom in hopes of being able to present an outdoors, spring-themed concert. As Covid restrictions were lifted, we were able to rehearse in person, and presented the program to a live audience at Deutsches Haus. Fall of 2021 saw the move toward return to live performance. We were again able to present a sold-out performance of Messiah in December at St. Mary's Assumption Church. In March of 2022 we were finally able to present the performance of Haydn's The Creation we had initiated before the pandemic. Our 2021-22 season will conclude with a performance of Dan Forrest's Requiem for the Living. We are working toward performances of Haydn Te Deum, Vaughan Williams Toward the Unknown Region, and Mozart Requiem in New Orleans in April, 2023 and then as part of MidAm's Festival of the Aegean in Athens and Syros, Greece in July of 2023

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The singers in our chorus. The members of our audience. Community and arts education organization partners.

  • 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 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?

    Better information about parking, bathrooms, and security.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    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,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

SYMPHONY CHORUS OF NEW ORLEANS
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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Financial data

Source: IRS Form 990 info

SYMPHONY CHORUS OF NEW ORLEANS

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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SYMPHONY CHORUS OF NEW ORLEANS

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Music Director

Mr. Steven Edwards

Steven Edwards is Music Director of Symphony Chorus of New Orleans. Since 1990, he has prepared or conducted hundreds of concerts for the New Orleans Symphony, and its successor, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Under his leadership, SCNO has enjoyed critical acclaim for the quality and variety of its self-produced programs, earning numerous Gambit Magazine “Tribute to the Classical Arts" awards, and recognition at the 2009 Community Arts Awards by the Arts Council of New Orleans. Edwards also serves as Professor of Music and Director of the Honors Program at Delgado Community College. He maintains an active schedule as guest conductor of opera and musical theatre, and as pianist in vocal recitals and instrumental chamber music.

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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SYMPHONY CHORUS OF NEW ORLEANS

Board of directors
as of 04/06/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Romney Richard

Romney Richard

S. Harry Cooper

Benjie Balsar

Adelaide Benjamin

Michael Grumich

Fifi Higgins

Karen Jakiela

Tommy Zanca

Hank Fanberg

Mark Winter

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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 1/30/2021

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Leadership

The organization's 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

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/30/2021

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Data
  • 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.