Arts, Culture, Humanities : Performing Arts

Pacific Symphony

Inspire, engage and serve Orange County through exceptional music performances and education and community programming.

three stars

83.85

17620 Fitch Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92614
tel: (714) 755-5788   Web Site
EIN: 95-3635496

Board Leadership
Joann Leatherby
Board Chair

CEO
John E. Forsyte
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 83.85 three stars
  Financial 82.78 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Pacific Symphony was founded in 1978 and is the largest professional American orchestra established in the last 50 years. It was created to provide Orange County with classical music, and today presents more than 100 concerts a year serving some 275,000 residents and visitors. The orchestra performs at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and at Pacific Amphitheatre in the summer. Its annual season includes classical, pops, chamber music, family and youth presentations and special events serving the diverse population of the region.

The organization enjoys a 29 consecutive year history of balanced budgets, demonstrating exemplary fiscal management. In advancing a new strategic plan, greater visibility is an organizational objective, which was earnestly advanced in 2018 with an invitational debut at Carnegie Hall in April 2018, a five-city tour to China in May, and a nationally broadcast concert on PBS Great Performances in June 2018

Pacific Symphony was founded in 1978 and is the largest professional American orchestra established in the last 50 years. It was created to provide Orange County with classical music, and today presents more than 100 concerts a year serving some 275,000 residents and visitors. The orchestra performs at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and at Pacific Amphitheatre in the summer. Its annual season includes classical, pops, chamber music, family and youth presentations and special events serving the diverse population of the region.

The organization enjoys a 29 consecutive year history of balanced budgets, demonstrating exemplary fiscal management. In advancing a new strategic plan, greater visibility is an organizational objective, which was earnestly advanced in 2018 with an invitational debut at Carnegie Hall in April 2018, a five-city tour to China in May, and a nationally broadcast concert on PBS Great Performances in June 2018

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Financial

three stars

82.78

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
68.5%
  Administrative Expenses 22.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 8.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.17
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.38
  Program Expenses Growth 7.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 12.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Pacific Symphony on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Pacific Symphony on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $13,089,491
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,029,150
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $194,400
Total Contributions $14,313,041
   Program Service Revenue $8,305,349
Total Primary Revenue $22,618,390
   Other Revenue $1,699,808
TOTAL REVENUE $24,318,198
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $16,342,687
   Administrative Expenses $5,035,718
   Fundraising Expenses $1,828,851
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $23,207,256
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,110,942
   
Net Assets $34,065,054

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$296,870 1.27% John E. Forsyte President
Other Salaries of Note
$439,794 1.89% Carl St. Clair Music Director
$2,000 0.00% Jo Ellen Allen-Chatham Director

Mission

Pacific Symphony was founded in 1978 and is the largest professional American orchestra established in the last 50 years. It was created to provide Orange County with classical music, and today presents more than 100 concerts a year serving some 275,000 residents and visitors. The orchestra performs at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and at Pacific Amphitheatre in the summer. Its annual season includes classical, pops, chamber music, family and youth presentations and special events serving the diverse population of the region.

The organization enjoys a 29 consecutive year history of balanced budgets, demonstrating exemplary fiscal management. In advancing a new strategic plan, greater visibility is an organizational objective, which was earnestly advanced in 2018 with an invitational debut at Carnegie Hall in April 2018, a five-city tour to China in May, and a nationally broadcast concert on PBS Great Performances in June 2018

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Pacific Symphony (CA) 83.85 three stars
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Austin Symphony Orchestra (TX) 89.91 three stars
Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra (LA) 88.22 three stars
Chamber Music Northwest (OR) 95.57 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Pacific Symphony
17620 Fitch
Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92614
tel: (714) 755-5788
fax: (714) 755-5789
EIN: 95-3635496

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Board Leadership

Joann Leatherby
Board Chair

CEO

John E. Forsyte
President