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San Diego Symphony Orchestra Association Name provided directly to GuideStar from organization* as of: 07/07/2015: San Diego Symphony Orchestra Association

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/08/2015: SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ASSOCIATION

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San Diego Symphony Orchestra Association Name provided directly to GuideStar from organization* as of: 07/07/2015: San Diego Symphony Orchestra Association

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/08/2015: SAN DIEGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ASSOCIATION

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Also Known As: San Diego Symphony Orchestra
Physical Address: San Diego, CA 92101 
EIN: 95-2040874
Web URL: www.sandiegosymphony.org 
NTEE Category: A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A69 Symphony Orchestras
Ruling Year: 1949 


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Mission Statement

The 104-year old San Diego Symphony Orchestra presents symphonic music of the highest quality and facilitates the accessibility of an inspirational art form through innovative programming and a strong commitment to arts education.

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Martha S. Gilmer

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Since Sept 2014

Profile:

Ms. Gilmer accepted the position of San Diego Symphony Orchestra CEO in 2014 after serving at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for the last 35 years, working under three music directors (Solti, Barenboim and Muti) and with countless pre-eminent guest conductors and soloists. In her evolving role at the CSO, Ms. Gilmer oversaw the orchestra's artistic planning, education programs, professional chorus, Symphony Center Presents (a presentation series including visiting orchestras, chamber music, recitals, jazz and world music), and the Civic Orchestra (training orchestra of the CSO). In her last role as Vice President of Artistic Planning and Audience Development, she developed collaborative work with other Chicago institutions, Beyond the Score (which is currently being licensed to other orchestras), Classic Encounters, Music Now, and the oversight of an annual three week CSO festival. Ms. Gilmer has also produced countless concert and semi-staged CSO operatic performances. She has accompanied the CSO on tours around the world. Martha is a well-known writer and lecturer on music, culture and community, and has made presentations at such places as the Aspen Ideas Festival, among others. In June 2012, Martha Gilmer's position at the CSO was endowed as The Richard and Mary L. Gray Chair - VP Artistic Planning and Audience Development, a first in the music world according to Musical America.

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Program: Berton Family Young People's Concerts (GuideStar Nonprofit Profile
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Budget:
$307,037
Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served:
Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Program Description:

A highlight of Symphony music education programming is the annual series of Berton Family Young People's Concerts, held at the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Center. Berton Family Young People's Concerts serve schoolchildren aged nine and above from elementary schools across the county. Concerts may incorporate additional subject matter from the humanities and sciences. Prior to each performance, docents visit classrooms and introduce the music students will hear through engaging discussion and activities.

Program Long-Term Success:

The moment a child first hears a violin or trumpet can change his life forever, but it is a moment that many young people never experience. Music education is no longer a staple of school curriculum and consistently falls victim to budget cuts, leaving young people - especially those with limited resources - with few opportunities to attend a concert or play an instrument. The Symphony has been working hard to make a difference. It is now a wide misconception that arts education is a luxury, rather than a vital part of a well-rounded education. Hundreds of scientific studies have shown that there is a definite correlation between performing arts aptitude and academic prowess. Providing Berton Family Young People's Concerts to local residents will enhance the San Diego Symphony Orchestra's reputation as a leader in arts education and raise awareness for more comprehensive music education programming.

Program Short-Term Success:

The Symphony's music education program is threatened because of recent measures taken by the San Diego Unified School District. On March 13, 2012, the San Diego Board of Education voted to eliminate forty-four full-time and part-time music educator's positions at elementary schools across the county. San Diego's Visual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA), recently named one of America's Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants, will not be able to support full-fledged elementary school music programs as in years past. With the loss of elementary school music teachers and schools willing to invest in arts education, students will be limited in their music education opportunities. Berton Family Young People's Concerts continue to provide interested students the chance to experience the excitement and artistry of live music performance.

Program Success Monitored by:

The Symphony tracks total Berton Family Young People's Concert attendance and reviews feedback from students and staff members. The Symphony's Director of Education and Community Engagement distributes program evaluations following each Berton Family Young People's Concert for participants to return with observations and suggestions. The Director of Education and Community Engagement also speaks with each musician to learn how he/she felt about the students' response and participation. The written and verbal information gathered is very helpful in planning upcoming programs and determining more effective outreach strategies. The most heartening feedback of all are the thank you letters and pictures that the Symphony receives from many of the children who attend these concerts, newly inspired to learn an instrument of their own.

Program Success Examples:

More than 16,000 students attended Berton Family Young People's Concerts this past year, thanks in part to generous donations from local foundations.

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Budget:
$96,111
Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served:
Other Named Groups

Program Description:

Youngsters and parents alike share in the Family Festival concert experience, enhancing their listening skills and discovering the power and beauty of symphonic music. Pre-concert activities take place one hour before the start of each program and provide children hands-on experience with a variety of Symphony instruments.

Program Long-Term Success:

The Symphony is growing new audiences and ensuring a cultured and educated community of arts lovers for years to come. The Symphony hopes that maintaining young children's music programming will enhance the San Diego Symphony Orchestra's reputation as a leader in arts education and raise awareness, both locally and in the state and nation, of the need for more comprehensive music education programming.

Program Short-Term Success:

Children and their parents will experience the joy of live music performance together. Thanks to Family Festivals and other Symphony programs, musical enrichment opportunities can still be provided for children.

Program Success Monitored by:

The Symphony measures the impact of its Family Festival concerts by tracking total concert attendance and reviewing feedback from the audience, including students and teachers, as well as from the Symphony's artistic and education staff. This information is used in planning future programs. The Symphony's Director of Education and Community Engagement evaluates both musicians' performance and student receptiveness to concert content, based on reviews completed by chaperones and staff.

Program Success Examples:

More than 60,000 students of all ages attended a Symphony educational program this past year. This is thanks in part to generous donations from local foundations that helped sponsor tickets for low-income schoolchildren.

Program: Linda and Shearn Platt Kinder Koncerts (GuideStar Nonprofit Profile
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Budget:
$316,166
Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served:
Infants/Babies (under age 5)
Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Program Description:

Twenty-five to thirty-five musicians visit community venues throughout San Diego County and perform symphonic music selected especially for very young children ages eight and under. 2014-2015 performances took place at La Mesa/Spring Valley Preschool, Jamul Primary, Ballard Parent Center, San Diego Jewish Academy, Scripps Ranch Library, Oxford Headstart, El Cajon Library, the Museum of Making Music, Oak Park Elementary, Escondido Public Library and Dewey Elementary. Many students come from low-income families; others attend private or parochial schools. Representation is as broad as the general student population.

Program Long-Term Success:

Many adults have fond memories of the first time they heard a live orchestra or mastered their very first rendition of ""Mary Had A Little Lamb"" on a new clarinet or violin. That magical moment can change a child's life, but it is a moment that many young people never experience. Music education is no longer a staple of the school curriculum and consistently falls victim to budget cuts, leaving young people - especially those with limited resources - with few opportunities to attend a concert, let alone own or play an instrument. The Symphony has been working hard to make a difference, and hopes that its programming will continue to raise awareness to the need for introductory music courses and early music exposure for children.

Program Short-Term Success:

It is now a wide misconception that arts education is a luxury, rather than a vital part of a well-rounded education. Hundreds of scientific studies have shown that exposure to the arts and thinking creatively improve young children's logic and reasoning skills. Music classes have also shown to be more effective training children in reading and spatial comprehension.

Program Success Monitored by:

The Symphony measures the impact of its Linda and Shearn Platt Kinder Koncerts by tracking total concert attendance and reviewing feedback from the students and teachers attending. This information is used in planning future programs. The most heartening feedback are the letters and pictures sent from many of the children who attend these concerts, newly inspired to play an instrument of their own.

Program Success Examples:

More than 60,000 students of all ages attended a Symphony educational program this past year. This is thanks in part to generous donations from local foundations that helped sponsor tickets for low-income schoolchildren.
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During the 2010-11 season, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra celebrated its Centennial (the first California orchestra to reach that milestone). Because of tremendous community patronage, world-class musicianship, and remarkable financial support from outside donors, the orchestra has evolved into a first-class organization. In 2009, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra was elevated from Tier 2 to Tier 1 status by the League of American Orchestras, a designation that reflects the organization's artistic achievement, increased audience development, and other indicators of creative and administrative quality. Other Tier 1 orchestras include the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The San Diego Symphony Orchestra is now considered one of the best of the best! The San Diego Symphony Orchestra has received a four year consecutive, four-star ranking for financial and programmatic excellence from Charity Navigator, the world's foremost evaluator of non-profit agencies. Only 7% of charities registered with Charity Navigator have received this prestigious four-star ranking four or more years in a row - differentiating the San Diego Symphony Orchestra from its peers. During the 2013-2014 concert season, the Symphony made its debut performance at Carnegie Hall, and embarked on a China Friendship Tour to Shanghai, Beijing, and San Diego's sister city of Yantai. This outreach reflects the Symphony's dedication and commitment to a new century of excellence and engagement. In 2015 and 2016, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra will present world-renowned guest artists Yuja Wang, Pinchas Zukerman, Midori and Jean-Yves Thibaudet in concert performance.
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