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Symphony By The Sea

 PO Box 1425
 Marblehead, MA 01945
[P] (781) 715-4022
[F] --
Rick Thoprnton
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 04-2734344

LAST UPDATED: 08/20/2015
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

To serve the North of Boston community with great orchestral music performed locally at the highest level.

Mission Statement

To serve the North of Boston community with great orchestral music performed locally at the highest level.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2011 to June 30, 2012
Projected Income $43,775.00
Projected Expense $62,432.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Classical Music Concerts

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Mission Statement

To serve the North of Boston community with great orchestral music performed locally at the highest level.

Background Statement

The orchestra was founded when Royston Nash, conductor of the Cape Cod Symphony and former Music Director of London’s D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, assembled a group of local and Boston area musicians and began weekly rehearsals at Marblehead’s Old Town Hall. After playing informally together for several months, the orchestra made its public debut at the Peabody Essex Museum in June 1981.
Outside its yearly concert series in Marblehead and Byfield/Newbury, the orchestra has also performed at such venues as Wiggin Auditorium in Peabody, Hammond Castle in Gloucester and the Museum of Our National Heritage in Lexington. Boston locations have included Jordan Hall, Faneuil Hall, Old North Church and the Hynes Auditorium.
Since its inception, Symphony by the Sea has brought a standout array of soloists to the listening public, including such celebrated artists as Pamela Frank, Stephanie Chase, Paula Robison, D’Anna Fortunato, Leone Buyce, Ann Hobson Pilot, James Buswell, Frederick Moyer, Carol Wincenc and Augustin Hadelich. Guest conductors have included Harry Ellis Dickson, Max Hobart and Steven Karidoyanes. Donald Palma, a guest conductor several years ago, begins his fifth season as Symphony by the Sea's Conductor and Music Director. 

Impact Statement


For the 2012-2013 concert season, three concerts, including "An Opera Lover's Delight, "Romance is in the Hall" on Valentine's Day, and "Apotheosis of the Dance" were performed.  In addition, a special family concert based on the "Teddy Bears' Picnic" was performed at which all children were invited to bring their favorite stuffed animal.

For the 2013-2014 season, three concerts are planned at three venues. October’s Opera Gala concert will feature arias and choruses by Verdi, Rossini, Mozart and others and featuring soloists from the Metropolitan Opera and the Endicott singers. February’s Religious and Folk Traditions concert will include works by Max Bruch, Ernst Bloch, John Williams, and Klezmer selections by the Klezmer Trio. In May, 2014 the Feast: on the Music of Mozart and More will feature works by Salieri, Rodrigo and Mozart with soloist Jerome Mouffe on guitar.


Needs Statement

1.Expansion of programming to attract a wider audience accompanied by anaggressive marketing campaign: Underway as a top Board priority. Paid advertising to support this intiative: $4000

2. Funding for 4 soloists per season - $4000 - $8000

3. Access to more suitable performance spaces:  $4000 per production -$12,000 per season

4. Return to a 5 concert season:  $40,000

5.Part time paid accountantto assist in executing Board actions: $35,000

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served


The Symphony by the Sea orchestra primarily serves Marblehead, Swampscott, Salem, Danvers, Peabody, Beverly, Newbury

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Symphony Orchestras
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Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

Under Development


Classical Music Concerts

Programs consist of live performances of classical music played by the 35-member symphony orchestra at local venues.  A given performance may include compositions by several composers and represent varied composition themes
Budget  $22,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Population Served Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
An improvement in musical knowledge will be brought about
Program Long-Term Success 
An improvement in musical knowledge will be brought about
Program Success Monitored By 
Program success is determined by closely monitoring audience counts and detecting trends in attendance
Examples of Program Success 
that our programs our doing well is eveidenced by continued attendance by music lovers from the public sector despite our severe economic downturn

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Symphony by the Sea is unique in our geographic area (Boston North) because we perform works written for "classical orchestra."  These works are more typically performed by large symphony orchestras of 70 or more musicians. Our orchestra of 35 musicians is configured much the same as those for which Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven (and others) wrote. Because we are a smaller sized orchestra, we have been able to bring live orchestral music into local public schools and other smaller venues.  



CEO/Executive Director Ms Beverly Clark
CEO Term Start July 2012
CEO Email
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Co-CEO --
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Former CEOs and Terms

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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
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External Assessments and Accreditations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The most significant challenges are a diminished audience for traditional classical music, aging of our most loyal patrons, competition for entertainment time and dollars, and lower contributions in a time ofeconomic stress.

We are not accepting the adversities of these challenges. Our advantages of an outstanding and deeply involved Music Director, highly trained professional players, and an active Board enable us to implement a strategy to meet all of the challenges. 

 Some examples are:

       We are enlarging the scope of our concert programming to attract a more diverse audience. In addition to our customary classical programming; in the 2012-2013 season we will include an “opera night”with arias performed by outstanding young professional singers, and a Valentine’s Day concert of romantic favorites. We will again have a Family Concert over the Thanksgiving weekend, building on our hugely successful sold-out Peter and the Wolf performance in 2011. That concert attracted many people (and their children) who were new to Symphony by the Sea, and we are promoting our season to those newcomers.

       We are moving our Marblehead Saturday evening concerts to Thursday evenings, promoting them as “Thursday Unplugged”. We will precede each concert with a complimentary champagne and snack reception. We willbe able to attract a larger audience on an evening with less competition withother recreational events.

       We are reaching out to other communitynon-profits,such as museums and historical societies, to carry out complementary joint programming.
These initiatives will yield increased revenue and provide wider community exposure. We are also marketingto commercial and academic entities for inclusion in events such as executive andscholarly meetings.

 Our approach to the media emphasizes these changes. Wehave raised our media profile throughout our region, without the financialresources to enable paid advertising. Anability to pay for strategically placed ads will significantly increase ourmedia exposure.  

We plan to reengage past significant donors. We will askfor their financial help, based on the initiatives we are taking to enlarge ouraudiences and improve our finances. Our argument will be “We are moving ahead,and we need your participation in helping us do that”.

In all these initiatives, our volunteer Board is workinghard, within the limits on the time of busy people who have other work orpersonal commitments. A qualified part-time administrator will help insure follow-through and supplement the Board’s own energies.

Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 11
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 0
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 0
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Under Development
Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy --
State Charitable Solicitations Permit --
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? No
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A


Board Chair Ms Beverly Clark
Board Chair Company Affiliation Volunteer
Board Chair Term June 2012 - June 2013
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Leslie Downie Volunteer Voting
Marcia Duffy Community Volunteer Voting
David Dugan Volunteer Voting
Brian Fitzpatrick Community Volunteer Voting
Becca Keneally Endicott College Voting
Terry Laird Community Volunteer Voting
Ellen Levine Volunteer Voting
Roberta Neuman Volunteer Voting
Don Puluse Volunteer Voting
Brian Raiche Volunteer Voting
Matt Sagal Volunteer Voting
Sandy Sheckman Volunteer Voting
Rick Thornton Volunteer Voting
Kinkade Webb Volunteer Voting

Constituent Board Members

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Youth Board Members

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Advisory Board Members

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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 15
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 7
Male: 8
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 30%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 90%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • N/A

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2011 to June 30, 2012
Projected Income $43,775.00
Projected Expense $62,432.00
Form 990s

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $58,590 $81,513 $76,190
Total Expenses $69,081 $78,169 $78,937

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
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    Local -- -- --
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Individual Contributions $21,170 $28,760 $25,310
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $25,675 $28,156 $32,500
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $4,339 $2,676 $5,010
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $7,406 $21,921 $13,370

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $60,627 $66,217 $64,053
Administration Expense $7,624 $9,894 $13,110
Fundraising Expense $830 $2,058 $1,774
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.85 1.04 0.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses 88% 85% 81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 3% 7% 6%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $1,762 $12,253 $8,735
Current Assets $1,762 $12,253 $8,735
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Total Net Assets $1,762 $12,253 $8,735

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy Income Only
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Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
How many months does reserve cover? --

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's IRS Form 990s.  Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.


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