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Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Chattanooga Symphony & Opera

Inspire. Engage. Enrich.

three stars

85.62

701 Broad Street Chattanooga, TN 37402
tel: (423) 267-8583   Web Site
EIN: 62-6002098

Board Leadership
Don McDowell
President

CEO
Samantha Teter
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.62 three stars
  Financial 79.89 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera (CSO) is to inspire, engage, and enrich the greater Chattanooga community through music and music education. The CSO's community engagement and education programs strive to do just that. Our education programs send musicians into local schools and bring students to the Tivoli Theatre to inspire and encourage Chattanooga's students to love and appreciate classical music. Frequent collaborations with Chattanooga's cultural institutions and city organizations help to engage the community and further classical music and the arts. Performances in public venues, hospitals, and community celebrations enrich Chattanooga and contribute to a vibrant city.

The mission of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera (CSO) is to inspire, engage, and enrich the greater Chattanooga community through music and music education. The CSO's community engagement and education programs strive to do just that. Our education programs send musicians into local schools and bring students to the Tivoli Theatre to inspire and encourage Chattanooga's students to love and appreciate classical music. Frequent collaborations with Chattanooga's cultural institutions and city organizations help to engage the community and further classical music and the arts. Performances in public venues, hospitals, and community celebrations enrich Chattanooga and contribute to a vibrant city.

Financial

two stars

79.89

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 04/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
81.1%
  Administrative Expenses 17.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.16
  Program Expenses Growth 0.5%
  Liabilities to Assets 21.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Chattanooga Symphony & Opera on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Chattanooga Symphony & Opera on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chattanooga Symphony & Opera (TN) 85.62 three stars
Dallas Symphony Association (TX) 88.15 three stars
Memphis Symphony Orchestra (TN) 88.82 three stars
Princeton Symphony Orchestra (NJ) 98.40 four stars
Empire State Youth Orchestra (NY) 86.18 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $972,057
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $60,900
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $69,370
Total Contributions $1,102,327
   Program Service Revenue $1,068,500
Total Primary Revenue $2,170,827
   Other Revenue $130,748
TOTAL REVENUE $2,301,575
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,039,994
   Administrative Expenses $512,547
   Fundraising Expenses $27,721
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,580,262
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-278,687
   
Net Assets $1,994,657

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Live Musical Performances $1,943,154 95.3%
Youth Orchestra $82,041 4.0%
Educational Programs $14,799 0.7%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-05 04/01/2020 85.62 three stars
2018-05 03/01/2020 89.55 three stars
2018-05 04/01/2019 87.15 three stars
2017-05 03/01/2018 89.49 three stars
2016-05 02/01/2017 84.43 three stars
2015-05 07/01/2016 84.82 three stars
2014-05 06/01/2016 85.51 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-05 09/01/2015 82.15 three stars
2013-05 02/01/2014 85.69 three stars
2012-05 10/01/2013 82.52 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 62-6002098
Name in IRS Master File CHATTANOOGA SYMPHONY AND OPERA ASSOCIATION
NTEE Code A69
NTEE Classification Symphony Orchestras
NTEE Type Arts, Culture and Humanities
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (119) Other cultural or historical activities
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date December, 1951
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End May
IRS Forms 990
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  • May, 2018
  • May, 2017
  • May, 2016
  • May, 2015
  • May, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$90,306 3.49% Samantha Teter Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Chattanooga Symphony & Opera (TN) 85.62 three stars
Minnesota Orchestra (MN) 88.99 three stars
Omaha Symphony (NE) 95.05 four stars
Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale (TX) 90.49 four stars
Dallas Symphony Association (TX) 88.15 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Chattanooga Symphony & Opera
701 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402
tel: (423) 267-8583
fax: (423) 265-6520
EIN: 62-6002098

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Board Leadership

Don McDowell
President

CEO

Samantha Teter
Executive Director

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