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Organization DBA NMYO
Former Names Northshore Youth Symphony Orchestra (NYSO) (2011)
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras, Inc. (NMYO) is to provide young musicians with exceptional ensemble training and opportunities for personal growth through musical performance and community service.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras, Inc. (NMYO) is to provide young musicians with exceptional ensemble training and opportunities for personal growth through musical performance and community service.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2015 to June 30, 2016
Projected Income $176,503.00
Projected Expense $172,618.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Orchestral Training & Concert Production
  • Youth Serving Through Music

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

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


Overview

Mission Statement

The mission of the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras, Inc. (NMYO) is to provide young musicians with exceptional ensemble training and opportunities for personal growth through musical performance and community service.


Background Statement

History: NMYO was founded by Trudy Larson in May of 2011 when its predecessor, North Shore Youth Symphony Orchestra, closed its doors. It continues the respected 20-year history of its predecessor by offering excellent music education and performance opportunities to area youth ages 6 through 18. Under the leadership of Music Director, Gerald J. Dolan, Jr., and String Director, Trudy Larson, NMYO has grown its student membership, operating budget, and administrative staff while ensuring it is fiscally conservative and sound.
 
Program Description: The Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras, Inc. strives to enrich and develop the region’s youth population through a superior musical experience. NMYO believes that high-quality ensemble playing experiences should be available to all young musicians and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, financial ability, or physical ability.

NMYO’s eight ensembles – including Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Intermezzo Orchestra, Overture and Prelude String Ensembles, and three levels of Flute Choirs – provide an outstanding opportunity for young musicians from Boston's North Shore, Merrimack Valley, and southern New Hampshire communities.

The NMYO program includes weekly rehearsals, nine free-to-the-public concerts, enrichment days, master classes, a student retreat, chamber music training, a composer-in-residence program, and a weekend of community service outreach concerts to nursing homes and community centers.

 

Impact Statement

The goals of NMYO are to:
- Provide high-quality ensemble training led by top area music professionals
- Offer meaningful music performance opportunities for young musicians
- Provide a nurturing environment for young musicians to create lasting bonds through music & friendship
- Instill the value of community service through music
- Supplement and build upon music programs in schools
- Provide ensemble playing opportunities for students whose schools have no music education in the school setting including for those who are home-schooled
- Build audiences throughout the North Shore, Merrimack Valley, and southern New Hampshire communities
 
NMYO's Accomplishments include:
- 180+ young musicians, ages 6 through 18
- Eight instrumental ensembles including two string ensembles, two orchestras, one concert band, and three flute choirs
- Eight-week chamber music program for our intermediate and advanced musicians
- Nine, free-to-the-public concerts performed each year
- One weekend of small outreach concerts are presented each year at area nursing homes and senior centers
- Outreach work as musician mentors to the Lawrence Community Strings program
 
 
 

Needs Statement

General Program Support: NMYO strives to keep our tuition costs affordable so that all who want to join can do so. Tuition covers just 59% of NMYO’s expenses and we must seek outside funds through grants, corporate sponsorships, private donations, and fundraisers. For the 2015-16 budget, the extra income required $71,300.

Financial Aid: NMYO does not turn away any student for his or her inability to pay. All who qualify for such assistance are awarded a 50% reduction in tuition and several are currently on full scholarship. The amount required for the 2015-2016 budget is $6,500.

Youth Serving Through Music: NMYO’s community service outreach program brings concerts to under-served populations. To administer, promote, and produce the Youth Serving Through Music outreach concerts, the amount required for 2015-2016 season is $40,000.

Musical Instrument Fund: NMYO currently owns just four instruments loaned to students who would not otherwise be able to purchase or rent one. The goal is to increase the number of instruments that can be loaned to under-privileged students. Our 2015-16 instrument fund goal is $5,000.

Composer-in-Residence & New Composition Support: The Composer-in-Residence program costs $1,250 each year. Our goal to expand the program to include a newly commissioned work is $6,000.


CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

NORTHEAST REGION, MA
NMYO is the largest youth orchestra program in northeast Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire with 180+ students hailing from more than 41 towns including these in Massachusetts: Amesbury, Andover, Beverly, Boxford, Bradford, Burlington, Byfield, Danvers, Dracut, Georgetown, Gloucester, Groveland, Hamilton, Haverhill, Ipswich, Lynn, Lynnfield, Manchester, Marblehead, Merrimac, Methuen, Middleton, Newbury, Newburyport, N. Andover, N. Reading, Peabody, Reading, Rockport, Rowley, Salem, S. Hamilton, Topsfield, Wakefield, Wenham, W. Newbury

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Music
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts Education
  3. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Performing Arts Schools

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)

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Programs

Orchestral Training & Concert Production

Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras (NMYO) provides high-quality ensemble training led by top area music professionals. NMYO’s eight ensembles include Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Intermezzo Orchestra, Overture and Prelude String Orchestras, and three levels of Flute Ensembles. Nine free-to-the-public concerts are presented each season.  Each ensemble rehearses weekly and present two major concerts during the season. The Flute Choirs also present a third concert and our advanced musicians present two chamber music concerts each spring. All groups perform shorter outreach concerts throughout the year. All NMYO Symphony Orchestra musicians participate in an eight-week chamber music program as part of the program which culminates in the two chamber music concerts. NMYO auditions are held throughout the year and all students who audition are placed in an ensemble according to their ability. No student is turned away for inability to pay and tuition assistance is offered to those in need.
Budget  $95,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Instruction
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Program Short-Term Success  The program is successful if NMYO’s youth musicians experience meaningful music performance opportunities and grow as musicians throughout the year. It is also successful if NMYO can continue to attract and grow the numbers of young musicians who participate in NMYO’s ensembles and build audiences throughout Boston’s North Shore, Merrimack Valley, and southern New Hampshire Communities.
Program Long-Term Success 

The Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras, Inc. strives to enrich the region’s youth population through a superior musical experience. NMYO is successful if it can remain a vibrant organization and carry out its mission to provide young musicians with exceptional training and opportunities for personal growth through musical performance and community service.

Program Success Monitored By  A survey is sent to all NMYO families at the end of each year to gain insight into their NMYO experience. Numbers of students in each ensemble are compared to previous years’ participation levels. Audience numbers are compared to those of prior years. The tuition-assistance fund is increased.
Examples of Program Success  In the 2015-16 season, NMYO serves 180 student musicians and their families from 41 cities and towns. Nine free-to-the-public concerts are held in six different regional venues. A day of outreach concerts brings small concerts to area nursing homes and community centers. The NMYO program supplements and builds upon school music programs and enables students, whose schooling does not include such opportunities, to participate in a classical music ensemble experience. While some musicians may go on to make music their career, the primary goal is to instill a lifelong love of classical music.

Youth Serving Through Music

The Youth Serving Through Music program is NMYO’s community service component and involves all NMYO members. An eight-week chamber music program supplements the orchestral experience for our advanced musicians. These chamber ensembles, along with our Flute Choir musicians, play small outreach concerts at area nursing homes and senior centers. Our younger musicians perform the annual “Thanksgiving Basket Project” community service concert each fall which raises funds for the Ipswich Food Pantry and the Thanksgiving baskets it provides families in need. Our intermediate players perform a concert for the Ipswich Council On Aging and Sisters of Notre Dame retirement community in the spring. In addition, several NMYO high-school musicians act as mentors to young players in Up With Music’s “Community Strings” program in Lawrence, MA. Our mentors provide weekly support to the 100+ Lawrence students by coaching and helping with their instrument practice.

Budget  $40,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Adults K-12 (5-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  The program is successful if NMYO’s youth musicians experience meaningful community service opportunities comprising of small outreach concerts which enable the students to grow as musicians throughout the year. Specifically the Youth Serving Through Music is successful if it performs, annually, a fall and spring outreach concert and schedules a weekend of small chamber concerts at area nursing homes and community centers.
Program Long-Term Success 

The Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras, Inc. strives to enrich the region’s youth population through a superior musical experience. NMYO is successful if it can remain a vibrant organization and carry out its mission to provide young musicians with exceptional training and opportunities for personal growth through musical performance and community service. The Youth Serving Through Music program specifically strives to instill the value of community service through music while bringing music to populations that would not otherwise be able to attend or travel to a concert venue.

Program Success Monitored By  Feedback is requested of the venues we visit to perform our outreach concerts. We measure the number in attendance, the number of outreach concerts we are able to produce each year, and we strive to increase the number of locations we can serve with the Youth Serving Through Music program. We measure how many NMYO mentors we are able to provide the Up With Music organization and obtain feedback from its administrators as to the effectiveness of these mentors.
Examples of Program Success  In the 2015-16 season, NMYO will perform the fall Thanksgiving Basket Project concert and the spring concert for Ipswich senior citizens. It will also perform a weekend of four small chamber music concerts at nursing homes and community centers throughout Boston’s North Shore and Merrimack Valley.An additional small concert and instrument petting zoo will be presented at a local public library.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Terri L. Murphy
CEO Term Start May 2014
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
Graduate Certificate in Administration & Management, Harvard Univeristy
A.M.L.S., University of Michigan
A.B. University of Illinois
Treasurer & Past President, Ipswich Music, Arts & Drama Assoc., Inc.
Independent Contractor, Bookkeeping & Business Consultant 1993-2014
Director Corporate Services, CLSI, Inc. 1983 - 1993
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Lisa Bernier Moulton July 2013 June 2014
Colleen Werner May 2011 June 2013

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
2014 Top-Rated NonProfit Award Great Nonprofits 2014

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

NMYO has a strong collaboration with Masconomet Regional High School which provides NMYO with its weekly rehearsal space at reduced cost. Masconmet students who participate in NMYO receive high school music credit as Masco does not offer its own orchestral ensemble during the school day. NMYO also collaborates with Ipswich High School which provides, at reduced cost, the performance venue for one NMYO concert and rehearsal space for NMYO's two enrichment days. NMYO also collaborates with The Boston Conservatory which provides two graduate fellows who serve as NMYO chamber music coaches for the eight-week chamber music program. In addition, several advanced NMYO musicians serve as student practice mentors in the Lawrence Community Strings program. The mentors travel to Lawrence once per week to help teach beginning string musicians with their practice.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 25
Number of Contract Staff 20
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 1
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 1
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

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Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Governance


Board Chair Ms. Mary Ann Lidrbauch
Board Chair Company Affiliation Cengage Learning and NMYO Parent
Board Chair Term July 2014 - June 2016
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Penny Devoe New England BioLabs Voting
Melissa Ginsburg Pentucket Medical Voting
Mary Ann Lidrbauch Cengage Learning; NMYO Parent Voting
Ching-Lun Lin New England BioLabs Voting
Melissa Lee Montello Parent, Product Mgr. New England BioLabs Voting
Christina Marie Strunk Parent & community volunteer Voting
Jane Trott DMH Comm. of MA; NMYO Parent Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Lisa Bernier Moulton Community Volunteer & Former NMYO Board President NonVoting
Gerald J. Dolan Jr. Ipswich High School Exofficio
Matthew J. Ginsburg Gilbert & Renton and Former NMYO Board Clerk NonVoting
Michael Higgins Galatea Inc. and Former NMYO Treasurer NonVoting
Trudy Larson Up With Music Exofficio
Carol Peckins Boston Philharmonic Orchestra NonVoting
Andrew Soll VP Finance, Salem State University; BA & MA Music NonVoting
Colleen Werner Ipswich High School & Former NMYO Board President --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 5
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 7
Male: 0
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 1
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes

Standing Committees

  • Board Development / Board Orientation
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2015 to June 30, 2016
Projected Income $176,503.00
Projected Expense $172,618.00
Form 990s

2015 Form 990EZ

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $184,512 $155,076 $152,691
Total Expenses $163,584 $158,204 $138,380

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$17,080 $17,450 $18,750
Government Contributions $2,985 $2,150 $2,100
    Federal -- -- --
    State $2,985 -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $2,150 $2,100
Individual Contributions $33,084 $16,960 $16,328
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $101,228 $92,486 $96,096
Investment Income, Net of Losses $630 $231 $14
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $29,505 $25,799 $19,403
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $134,645 $117,310 $110,931
Administration Expense $14,805 $30,346 $21,752
Fundraising Expense $14,134 $10,548 $5,697
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.13 0.98 1.10
Program Expense/Total Expenses 82% 74% 80%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 17% 17% 10%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $66,847 $52,718 $49,315
Current Assets $64,775 $51,216 $48,326
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 $0
Current Liabilities $177 $6,976 $445
Total Net Assets $66,670 $45,742 $48,870

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2 Depot Square Ipswich Charitable Foundation of the Institution for Savings $10,000.00
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Nathaniel & Elizabeth P. Stevens Foundation $3,000.00
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Anonymous Individual $1,500.00

Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 5.00

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 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 365.96 7.34 108.60

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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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. The breakdown of Administrative and Fundraising expenses for fiscal years was obtained from the Form PC on file with the state of MA.

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