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Muddy River Opera

Quincy, IL   |  https://www.muddyriveropera.org
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Muddy River Opera

EIN: 37-1257864


Mission

Preserve and perpetuate the fine art of opera, develop opera appreciation in the community among all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds, and help provide a springboard for young performers to further their careers onto the professional stage.

Ruling year info

1990

Principal Officer

Alex Craig

Main address

3415 Quincy Mall

Quincy, IL 62301 USA

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EIN

37-1257864

Subject area info

Opera

Population served info

Artists and performers

NTEE code info

Opera (A6A)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

Communication

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Programs and results

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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?

Spring Premiere

Our Spring Premiere is our Children's Opera! This opera serves as our education outreach for elementary-aged students. Our cast for this opera is primarily composed of college students, giving them experience with performing in front of a live audience. The cast tours local elementary schools and shows a free performance, open to the public, at the end of the tour. Education materials are provided to the schools so children can learn about opera, music, and the fine arts.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Our Summer Premiere is our main stage opera! This is a classical, modern, or baroque opera. This performance is free to the public so those from all backgrounds are able to experience the fine art of opera. Our board hires professional opera talent from around the world to sing the principal roles, while comprimarios and choir members are volunteers from the community.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adolescents
Low-income people
Students
Artists and performers

Our Fall Premiere is our community involvement and awareness event! This programming is variable and decided by the board of directors annually. This event is free to the public and is typically directed towards families.

Population(s) Served

Our Winter Premiere is our holiday program! We produce an oratorio of Handel's Messiah, as a free sing-along, open to the public. This is followed by a free soup supper.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Families
Artists and performers
Low-income people
Adults
Children and youth
Families
Artists and performers
Low-income people

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 free admissions

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This includes audience numbers from the children's opera school tour and the public performance. This also includes audience participation from Handel's Messiah.

Total number of off-site performances held

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We only had our children's opera and Handle's Messiah for 2023. A significant number of our board members passed away due to cancer and other long term illnesses in 2023, limiting our productions.

Total cost of work acquired this year (in dollars)

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

2023 was a limited performance year. We expect this number to increase as our programming returns to normal.

Total number of free performances given

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of professional artists employed

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Limited performance year. Only the children's opera directors were paid professional artists.

Total number of students participating in private lessons

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Our goal is to preserve and perpetuate the fine art of opera, develop opera appreciation in the community among all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds, and help provide a springboard for young performers to further their careers onto the professional stage.

1) Goal: Preserve and perpetuate the fine art of opera.
1) Strategy: To produce works that align with typical opera presentations. This includes showing our Summer Premiere (main stage opera) and our Winter Premiere (an oratorio; Handel's Messiah).
2) Goal: Develop opera appreciation in the community among all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds.
2) Strategy: We've made our programs free to the public, abolishing barriers that may be have been present due to economic status. Our Spring Premiere (children's opera) is targeted toward children to show them an age-appropriate version of opera and get them interested in the fine arts. Our Summer Premiere and Winter Premieres are more targeted toward adults. These programs bring opera to our local community and give those a change to experience something they might otherwise not have the opportunity to experience.
3) Goal: Help provide a springboard for young performers to further their careers onto the professional stage.
3) Strategy: Our Spring Premiere (children's opera) utilizes local college students as the performers to give them real-word, first-hand experience with performing in front of a live audience. Our Summer Premiere (main stage opera) brings in professional opera singers from around the world. As a regional class opera house, this usually means younger singers who are looking to expand their performance portfolios and advance to larger opera houses.

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

    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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • 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 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?

Financials

Muddy River Opera

Assets info

BMF Data: IRS Business Master File

Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Muddy River Opera

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2023

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Revenue
Contributions, Grants, Gifts $18,523
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $0
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $18,523
Expenses
Program Services $6,939
Administration $4,101
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $0
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $11,041

Muddy River Opera

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2023

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Assets
Total Assets $8,626
Liabilities
Total Liabilities $0
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $8,626

Operations

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

Documents
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Alex Craig

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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Muddy River Opera

Board of directors
as of 05/13/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Alex Craig

Steven Soebbing

Rachel Hansen

Heather Keller Giltner

Julie Regner

David Galant

Donna Haire

Haidee Heaton

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 5/12/2024

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
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/12/2024

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 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.
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 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.