Nashville Symphony Association
One Symphony Place
Nashville TN 37201-2031
Mission Statement
The Nashville Symphony inspires, entertains, and educates through excellence in musical performance.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Alan D. Valentine
Board Chair Dr. Mark D. Peacock
Board Chair Company Affiliation Mid State Pulmonary Associates
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1946
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $26,209,415.00
Projected Annual Revenue $26,209,415.00 (2018)
Mission The Nashville Symphony inspires, entertains, and educates through excellence in musical performance.

Led by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and President and CEO Alan D. Valentine, the Nashville Symphony is an essential artistic institution and educational resource in Middle Tennessee. Founded in 1946, the 83-member orchestra is today the largest performing arts nonprofit in Tennessee. With 170+ performances annually, the Nashville Symphony’s concert schedule encompasses a diverse mix of classical, pops, jazz and family programs, along with extensive community engagement efforts.

As part of its artistic vision, the Nashville Symphony is a leading proponent of American orchestral music. The orchestra pursues an aggressive program of performing works by American composers from all periods, preserving contemporary American compositions through high-quality commercial recordings, and expanding the American repertoire through commissioning projects. The Nashville Symphony has earned significant national recognition for its commitment to innovative programming, including numerous ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and Aaron Copland Fund for Music. The orchestra connects local audiences to leading creative voices in American music to advance the art form and create the next generation of symphonic favorites.

The Nashville Symphony is one of the most active recording orchestras in the United States. In partnership with Naxos, the orchestra has released 26 recordings since 2000. These recordings have received a total of 20 GRAMMY® nominations and eleven GRAMMY® wins, including two for Best Orchestral Performance—one awarded to Joan Tower’s Made in America and the other to Michael Daugherty’s Metropolis Symphony.

Music education and community engagement have been at the heart of the Nashville Symphony’s mission since the orchestra’s beginnings. The organization now reaches more than 80,000 adults and children annually through its free education and community engagement programs. Every week during the school year, musicians and staff work directly with students across Middle Tennessee, offering performances, classroom presentations, curricular materials, instrument lessons and other hands-on learning opportunities. The Nashville Symphony’s Community Concerts series brings the orchestra’s music and artistry to neighborhoods across the region.



2016/17 Accomplishments:

  1. The Nashville Symphony celebrated the tenth anniversary of Schermerhorn Symphony Center and the 70th anniversary of the orchestra in the 2016/17 season. The concert season showcased what this orchestra stands for: a focus on American music, excellent performances of classical repertoire, and education and engagement programs designed to motivate and inspire listeners of all ages and backgrounds.
  2. In the 2016/17 season, the NSO preserved and promoted contemporary American repertoire through five recording projects, featuring works by Jonathan Leshnoff, Aaron Jay Kernis, Terry Riley, Kerry Turner, Behzad Ranjbaran, and John Harbison.
  3. The orchestra's education initiatives continued to provide a range of hands-on, interactive music learning opportunities to a range of students across Middle Tennessee. In the 2016/17 season, the Symphony reached more than 58,000 people with its Education and Community Engagement program offerings.
In the 2017/18 season, the Nashville Symphony will showcase American music through the commissioning, premiere, and recording of a major work by Jewish American composer Jonathan Leshnoff. Additionally, the Symphony will perform repertoire from ten American composers on seven of our 14 Classical Series concerts, and will continue its widely-recognized efforts to preserve the contemporary American repertoire through three recording projects.
The Symphony will present the Violins of Hope, a large-scale, city-wide project that the Symphony is coordinating, will occur from March through May of 2018. This project brings together a number of community partners to present artistic programming around a growing collection of restored instruments (about 19 to date) played by musicians who were interned in concentration camps during the Holocaust. In addition to the work of Jonathan Leshnoff, the Symphony will partner with a number of local organizations to curate an interfaith, citywide conversation about the power of music in creating hope, healing, and community.  
The NSO will continue to shape cultural life and enhance the community's access to high quality orchestral music through free concerts in community venues, affordable performances at Schermerhorn, and lifelong learning opportunities for people of all ages.
In order to ensure a successful future, the Nashville Symphony needs to:
  1. Sustain annual fundraising efforts, which reached $8 million in FY 17.
  2. Build a loyal audience for ticketed concerts through varied musical offerings of the highest quality.
  3. Continue building the artistic excellence of the orchestra by attracting and hiring top-quality musicians to fill open positions in the ensemble.
  4. Serve as an educational resource and partner for students and teachers, providing programs that meet the evolving needs of schools throughout Middle Tennessee.
  5. Make its programming accessible to everyone in the community through free and affordable performances and fruitful community partnerships.

Achieving these goals will require broad community investment from dedicated partners and philanthropists to promote and preserve the Nashville Symphony’s indispensable cultural mission.

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Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Symphony Orchestras
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Bedford
TN - Cheatham
TN - Cumberland
TN - Davidson
TN - Dickson
TN - Franklin
TN - Giles
TN - Houston
TN - Humphreys
TN - Lawrence
TN - Marshall
TN - Maury
TN - Montgomery
TN - Putnam
TN - Robertson
TN - Rutherford
TN - Sumner
TN - Warren
TN - Williamson
TN - Wilson

During the 2016/17 season, the Nashville Symphony sold 186,249 tickets to performances in the concert hall, purchased by Middle Tennesseans as well as visitors from across the United States and around the world. Over 90% of ticket purchases are made by Tennesseans from across the state. Visitors from across the United States and 23 international countries also attended Nashville Symphony performances, an indication of the Nashville Symphony’s stature as a performing arts organization on a global scale.

Board Chair Statement

On behalf of the entire Nashville Symphony — musicians, chorus, board members, volunteers and staff — I would like to express our profound gratitude to the Middle Tennessee community. Not only has your support kept our institution strong, it has kept us laser-focused on our mission of providing excellent musical, cultural and educational experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds. Everything we do here at the Nashville Symphony begins and ends with you.

Ranging from GRAMMY® Awards to world premieres to ground-breaking education programs, the Nashville Symphony’s achievements demonstrate the many ways that the community’s support has kept your Nashville Symphony moving forward. Because of you, today we have a strong, stable foundation on which to build an even more exciting and visionary future for your orchestra.

Over the past few years, we have made great strides in securing our long-term sustainability. Our goal now is to attain true fiscal vitality, for this will enable us to achieve our greatest artistic ambitions and to serve even more people in our growing community. At our core is a commitment to delivering great orchestral music — not only classic masterworks by Beethoven and Brahms, but also bold new compositions that help us understand, appreciate and explore the contemporary American experience.

To make this commitment to excellence and innovation truly meaningful, we must ensure that everyone in our community has the opportunity to experience the Nashville Symphony and to learn through music. Our musicians reach tens of thousands of students each year by providing free concerts and hands-on learning opportunities here at the Schermerhorn and in schools across the region. As we look to the future, we will work to engage, inspire and activate even more people through programs that have a profound and lasting impact on their lives, from childhood through adulthood.

We are amazingly lucky to live and work in a community where music is an inseparable part of our identity. As Music City’s resident orchestra, we are here to serve you. We thank you for believing in your Nashville Symphony. We will continue to be diligent stewards of your support so that we can continue to make life in Middle Tennessee richer for everyone.

CEO Statement

Record-breaking ticket sales, attendance and contributions over the past few years have shown us that the community’s support for your Nashville Symphony has never been stronger. We are immensely grateful to the people of Middle Tennessee for believing in our institution, and in return, we are committed to providing amazing musical experiences every week here at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. All of this success bodes well for a future in which the Nashville Symphony will become even more vital to the life of our community.

Along with our growing financial successes, we have celebrated some major accomplishments. Our commitment to recording American music of the highest quality was recognized with three GRAMMY® Awards in 2017. We recently launched the second cohort of our exciting Composer Lab initiative, which helps to shape a whole new generation of American composers. As the Accelerando program enters its second year, we look forward to helping young musicians grow their incredible talents. This program, supported in part by funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks to build the next generation of orchestra musicians by providing mentorship, instruction and guidance to young musicians from ethnic communities underrepresented in today’s American orchestras.

There have been just as many inspiring moments that happen out of public view, as our musicians work side-by-side with students in lessons, sectionals and youth orchestra rehearsals, sharing wisdom earned through years of teaching and performing. 

Amid all of these achievements, I remain proudest of the phenomenal artistry, creativity and musicianship of our conductors, orchestra and chorus, who have delivered some of the most inspired performances I’ve experienced in my 19 years with the Nashville Symphony. Whether this orchestra is performing timeless masterpieces by Beethoven and Mozart, exploring the full breadth of great classical repertoire, or forging new directions in contemporary American music, your Nashville Symphony is deeply committed to making the music come alive for audiences of all ages, backgrounds and life experiences.


 The Nashville Symphony's 2017/18 Classical Series will feature a robust mixture of classical music from living American composers as well as classical Masterworks. American repertoire to be performed includes works Kip Winger, Jonathan Leshnoff, Tobias Picker, and Christopher Rouse, among others. The orchestra will also feature repertoire such as Mahler's 5th Symphony, Verdi's Requiem, and Stravinsky's Firebird Suite.

Violins of Hope, a large-scale, city-wide project that the Symphony is coordinating, will occur from March through May of 2018. This project brings together a number of community partners to present artistic programming around a growing collection of restored instruments (about 19 to date) played by musicians who were interned in concentration camps during the Holocaust. In addition to the work of Jonathan Leshnoff, the Symphony will partner with a number of local organizations to curate an interfaith, citywide conversation about the power of music in creating hope, healing, and community. 

To view upcoming concerts, please visit:

Nashville Symphony Classical Series

Budget 3,500,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Population Served Adults, ,
Short Term Success

The Symphony's Aegis Sciences Classical Series has succeeded in providing its audiences opportunities to experience traditional and adventurous programming performed by a world-class orchestra.


Long term Success


The Nashville Symphony seeks to redefine the place of the modern orchestra in contemporary American culture through adventurous programming of new music, creative collaborations with a variety of artists, and top-notch performances of the symphonic canon. Over the long term, the Nashville Symphony's Classical Series will contribute to the growth and recognition of the next generation of orchestral favorites written by American composers. Affordable and complimentary tickets to the Nashville Symphony’s Classical Series will ensure that Middle Tennessee audiences of diverse ages and backgrounds experience the joy and pleasure of orchestral music.

Program Success Monitored By

The Nashville Symphony seeks to achieve recognized artistic success in high-quality performances and adventurous programming. The organization measures progress toward these goals through recognition by industry peers and competitive programs, as well as ticket sales and attendance numbers. The Symphony was awarded ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming—which are presented annually at the League of American Orchestras national conference—in 2011, 2012, and 2013 in recognition of its dedication to performing contemporary music. Nationally competitive grants from esteemed grant makers also indicate the high quality of the NSO’s artistic work. In recent years, the Symphony has won grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy.

Evaluating the success of concert offerings in the local Middle Tennessee market is primarily based on patron feedback, ticket sales, demand for services, and press reviews, among other methods.

Examples of Program Success

Since the opening of Schermerhorn Symphony Center in 2006, we have experienced significant audience growth. In our first season in the new concert hall, paid audiences increased by 145 percent, and figures over the ensuing decade have built on that growth. Other indicators of success include a total of 20 GRAMMY® nominations and 11 GRAMMY® Awards for our recordings, which attest to our artistic growth.



The Nashville Symphony’s 2017/18 Pops Series consists of eight concert weekends, pairing the orchestra with musical icons such as Kenny Loggins, Amos Lee, Priscilla Presley, Brian Wilson, Lea Salonga, the Marcus Roberts Trio. The Symphony will also present the Music of Journey and Cirque de la Symphonie. These performances highlight the orchestra’s depth and excellence in performance across a wide variety of musical styles. To view upcoming concerts, please visit:

Nashville Symphony Pops Series

Budget 1800000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served Adults, ,
Short Term Success


The Nashville Symphony's Pops Series has succeeded in bringing a diverse slate of high-quality performers to Nashville, representing styles as wide-ranging as rock, country, jazz, and Broadway.


Long term Success


The Pops Series seeks to attract a broad and diverse audience to Schermerhorn Symphony Center with programming that features some of today’s finest pop artists. By presenting the highest-quality programming to sold-out houses, the Nashville Symphony gives music fans across the region the opportunity to enjoy the superb acoustics of Schermerhorn Symphony Center and the artistic quality of the orchestra.


Program Success Monitored By

Evaluating the success of the Pops Series is based on patron feedback, ticket sales, demand for services, and press reviews, among other methods.

Examples of Program Success


As noted above, we have experienced significant audience growth since the opening of Schermerhorn Symphony Center in 2006. In our first season in the new concert hall, paid audiences increased by 145 percent, and figures over the ensuring decade have built on that growth. These figures indicate that we are continuing to engage our most dedicated patrons while also attracting new audience members.



The NSO offers the following educational programs:

1) Young People’s Concerts, which gives K-12 students the opportunity to experience the full orchestra. Programs are accompanied with in-depth, downloadable curriculum that align with state learning standards. 
2) Open Dress Rehearsals invite students to observe the orchestra in action.  
3) Ensembles in the Schools sends small groups of NSO musicians to perform in schools. 
4) Masterclasses and Sectional Lessons provide resources, instruction, and performance coaching for individual student musicians and small groups.
5) The After-School partnership with the Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA), consists of a seven-part program for at-risk middle school youth.
6) The Accelerando Program is an intensive education program designed to prepare gifted young students of diverse backgrounds for the pursuit of music at the collegiate level and beyond. 

In addition to the above programs, the Nashville Symphony engages area youth and their families through activities such as:

  • Instrument Petting Zoos: hands-on opportunities for students to touch, feel and play a number of orchestral instruments
  • Is it a Fiddle or a Violin?: offered in collaboration with the Country Music Hall of Fame; and 
  • Soundcheck, $10 student ticket subsidy to Classical concerts for students from kindergarten through graduate school. 

Budget 1450000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years), Families, Adults
Short Term Success


The Nashville Symphony engaged tens of thousands of students through its education programs last season and launched an entirely new program, Accelerando, designed to provide high-level music education resources to students of diverse backgrounds.
Long term Success

The long-term goal of the Nashville Symphony’s education programming is to provide comprehensive, barrier-free access to arts education programs for students across Middle Tennessee and to serve as a resource for families and schools. With school arts programs facing budgetary and resource limitations, the Symphony works to keep music education thriving in the classroom. As part of its commitment to serving the community, the Symphony will ensure that its education programs continue to be available to all students and teachers, whether they are in public, private or home schools. 

Program Success Monitored By

The quality of the Nashville Symphony’s music education programs is determined by the number of people served, demand for services in the schools, and feedback from teachers, children, volunteers and musicians. For example, evaluation forms are distributed to teachers after every Young People’s Concert, to guide the Symphony’s education staff in revising and refining the program for effectiveness and musical quality. 

Examples of Program Success

In evaluating the Nashville Symphony's education programs, Dr. Robert Horowitz of the Center for Arts Education at the Columbia University's Teachers College reported that parents noticed positive changes in their children’s behavior as they learned to perform on their instruments, students expressed increased confidence and interest in developing their musical skills, and teachers reported becoming more comfortable using musical techniques in teaching curriculum courses. Music teachers gave positive feedback on how effectively professional-development workshops have assisted them with new teaching techniques.



The Nashville Symphony’s community engagement programs connect the orchestra with people across Middle Tennessee through free concerts at Schermerhorn Symphony Center and other venues across the region. Community Concerts bring the Nashville Symphony to public parks each summer, culminating with the orchestra’s annual performance for the Nashville Fourth of July celebration. The Free Day of Music invites the community to the concert hall for performances throughout the day by dozens of local musical groups and the Nashville Symphony. “Let Freedom Sing!” celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the ongoing impact of the Civil Rights movement. OnStage invites audiences members to sit on the stage of the concert hall and features intimate performances that give the community access to the top-notch artistry of the musicians of the Nashville Symphony.

To learn more about our community engagement programs, please visit the Nashville Symphony’s website.

Budget 600000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Families, Adults, Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success

The Nashville Symphony’s community engagement programs annually reach thousands of people from across Middle Tennessee. This year, the orchestra took its free Community Concerts series to a new location, a public greenspace in the diverse Antioch neighborhood, and undertook special efforts to ensure that residents of the area were aware of the concert.


Long term Success


The Nashville Symphony seeks to share the experience of orchestral music with Middle Tennessee’s growing and increasingly diverse population, both by inviting people to Schermerhorn Symphony Center and taking the orchestra out to parks and other venues in the community.


Program Success Monitored By

The success of the Symphony’s community engagement programs is determined by total number of people served, demand for the orchestra’s services by the public, successful implementation of high-quality presentations, the ability to reschedule due to unforeseen events, and feedback from the public and community partners.


Examples of Program Success

The Nashville Symphony has held annual community concerts for many years. Some of these, including the “Let Freedom Sing!” concert and concerts in the outlying communities of Lebanon and Lafayette, are community events that involve volunteer committees and collaborations with other organizations. Attendance at these concerts is routinely high. The Symphony performs during Nashville’s annual Fourth of July concert at Ascend Amphitheater– exposing 240,000 people to a live orchestral performance. In addition, demand for the Nashville Symphony’s services is high, and the orchestra attempts to accommodate as many concerts as the musicians’ schedules will allow.


The Coffee & Classics Series is a daytime concert series that features masterpieces from the orchestral repertoire. Designed to connect listeners of all ages, including senior citizens, to accessible musical experiences at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the concerts are offered at an affordable price ($24–$50) at 10:30 a.m. on Friday mornings. Coffee and pastries are served in the main lobby before performances, giving audience members an opportunity to socialize before the concert. Patrons can take tours of Schermerhorn Symphony Center and enjoy lunch in the cafe after the concert.

To see information about upcoming concerts, please visit the Nashville Symphony’s website.

Budget 135000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Population Served Adults, Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens,
Examples of Program Success

The Nashville Symphony created the Coffee & Classics Series during the 2013/14 season. In its first season, these concerts drew, on average, 621 patrons per concert. During the 15/16 season, Coffee & Classics concerts drew an average attendance of 725 people per concert. The growing audience for the Coffee & Classics Series indicates that the Nashville Symphony is meeting a clear need for daytime cultural programming in Nashville and across Middle Tennessee.

CEO Comments

 In addition to the concert series listed, the Nashville Symphony produces many more concerts each year. Special event concerts pair the orchestra with popular guest artists for one or two nights throughout the year. During the 2017/18 season, notable performances include concerts with John Williams, Trey Anastasio, and Joshua Bell. In 2017/18, the orchestra will perform a series of movie concerts, playing the soundtracks of Home Alone, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire while the films are projected overhead.

The Ann & Monroe Carell Family Trust Pied Piper Family Series offers four Saturday-morning concerts for children and families, with pre-concert activities and an interactive Instrument Petting Zoo. The 2017/18 season includes performances of beloved pieces by Paul Dukas and Mozart, as well as the music of Schoolhouse Rock. 

Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Mark D. Peacock
Company Affiliation Mid State Pulmonary Associates
Term Aug 2016 to July 2018
Board Members
Mr. John Bailey Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Russell Wayne Bates DeloitteVoting
Dr. Victor Braren Mid-State UrologyVoting
Reverend Dexter Brewer Christ the King ChurchVoting
Mrs. Pamela Carter RetiredVoting
Mr. Phil Cavender The Cavender Financial Group, Inc.Voting
Mr. Kevin Crumbo KraftCPAsVoting
Mr. Frank Daniels The Tennessean/GannettVoting
Ms. Jana Davis HCAVoting
Mr. Robert Dennis GenescoVoting
Mrs. Mary Falls Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Benjamin Folds Singer-SongwriterVoting
Ms. Judy Foster Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Becky Gardenhire William Morris Endeavor EntertainmentVoting
Mr. Edward A. Goodrich Caterpillar Financial ServicesVoting
Ms. Brenda Griffin Griffin InvestmentsVoting
Mr. David Gwin VIC CompaniesVoting
Mr. Carl Haley Grand AvenueVoting
Mr. Michael Hayes C.B. Ragland CompanyVoting
Mrs. Evelyn M. Hill Bradley Arant Boult CummingsVoting
Mr. Christopher Holmes FirstBankVoting
Ms. Vicki Horne Community VolunteerVoting
Mrs. Martha R. Ingram Ingram Industries Inc.Voting
Mr. Richard L. Miller Earl Swensson Associates, IncVoting
Mr. David K. Morgan Lattimore, Black, Morgan & CainVoting
Ms. Louise Morrison Nashville Symphony musicianExofficio
Ms. Kate Munagian Nashville SymphonyVoting
Mr. Pat Murphy RetiredVoting
Mr. Michael D. Musick BDOVoting
Mr. Chase Neely Chase Neely, PCVoting
Dr. Harrell Odom St. Thomas HeartVoting
Dr. Mark D. Peacock Mid State Pulmonary AssociatesVoting
Ms. Lynn Peithman Nashville Symphony musicianExofficio
Mr. Brantley W. Phillips Jr.Bass, Berry & SimsVoting
Mr. Ric Potenz RetiredVoting
Ms. Jennifer Puryear Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. James C. Seabury Enterprise Electric, LLCVoting
Mr. Nelson Shields NexTime, Inc.Voting
Mr. Hunter Sholar Nashville SymphonyVoting
Mr. Jeremy Tucker Nissan North AmericaVoting
Mr. Alan D. Valentine Nashville Symphony President and CEOExofficio
Dr. Mark Wait Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt UniversityVoting
Mr. Patrick Walle Nashville Symphony MusicianExofficio
Mr. Jonathan Weaver EYVoting
Ms. Bethany Whelan OspreyIP, PLLCVoting
Mr. Jim White Nashville Symphony ChorusExofficio
Ms. Betsy Wills Courage Capital ManagementExofficio
Ms. Clare Yang Nashville Symphony musicianExofficio
Ms. Donna Yurdin Credo Management ConsultingExofficio
Ms. Shirley Zeitlin Zeitlin & Co., RealtorsVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 47
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 32
Female 18
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Raising
Human Resources / Personnel
Special Events
Strategic Planning
Risk Management Provisions
Accident & Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Computer Equipment & Software
Crime Coverage
Directors & Officers Policy
Disability Insurance
Fine Arts & Collectibles
General Property Coverage
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Property in Transit & Off Premises
Special Event Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation & Employers' Liability
CEO Comments


The Nashville Symphony is governed by a 50-member Board of Directors comprised of a cross-section of the community. Board members agree to a set of mutual expectations when they accept a seat on the Nashville Symphony Board of Directors:

1. To make a significant, personally meaningful contribution to the Annual Campaign.

2. Leverage personal and corporate influence to secure individual contributions and sponsorship support for the Annual Campaign.

3. Purchase subscriptions (preferably the Classical Series), attend concerts, and bring guests to enjoy the Nashville Symphony's artistic excellence.

4. Attend Board meetings and actively participate in policy discussions and decisions.

5. Serve on at least one committee to support the artistic and cultural mission of the orchestra.

6. Attend at least one educational activity or event to better understand the organization's work in the community.

7. Advocate on behalf of the orchestra to the community.


Foundation Staff Comments "Some of the Nashville Symphony's 81 board members are Ex-Officio Board members. 84 contract staff are full-time musician employees."
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Alan D. Valentine
Term Start June 1998


Alan D. Valentine joined the Nashville Symphony as its President and CEO in June 1998. Since then, he has presided over an unprecedented period of growth at the Symphony, highlighted by 11 GRAMMY® Awards and 20 GRAMMY® nominations; 25+ highly regarded and best-selling CD releases on Naxos, Decca and other labels; a total of nine national television broadcasts, one of which won the Symphony an Emmy Award; multiple national radio appearances; a critically acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut and sold-out East Coast tour; two consecutive and very successful endowment campaigns in which a total of $145 million was raised; and the construction of the world-class, acoustically superb Schermerhorn Symphony Center, which opened in September 2006.

Prior to his Nashville appointment, Valentine served for 10 years as executive director of the Oklahoma Philharmonic Society in Oklahoma City, Okla. In addition, he served on the adjunct faculty of Oklahoma City University, where he taught graduate-level arts administration courses. A graduate of the University of Houston, Valentine also served as the chief executive of the Mid-Columbia Symphony in Richland, Wash., the Greensboro (N.C.) Symphony and the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Association.


Former CEOs
Mr. Steven J. Greil Jan 1989 - Aug 1994
Mr. Stephen R. Vann Sept 1994 - Feb 1998
Full Time Staff 150
Part Time Staff 156
Volunteers 300
Contractors 40
Retention Rate 93%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 5
When was Strategic Plan adopted? July 2015
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals)1997
ANE (Association of Nonprofit Executives)2001
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network1999
National Endowment for the Arts1987
Nashville Arts Coalition2001
Tennesseans for the Arts2002
Metro Arts Commission1991
Tennessee Arts Commission1987
International Auditorium and Arena Managers Organization2006
Nashville Downtown Partnership2006
Planned Giving Council of Nashville2005
Williamson County Chamber of Commerce2008
League of American Orchestras1946
National Recording Academy of Arts and Sciences (NARAS)1999
American Association of Grant Professionals2010
Americans for the Arts2009
Award for Excellence in FundraisingInternat'l Association of Fundraising Professionals2008
Gold Addy Award - for websiteNat'l Advertising Federation - Local Chapter2008
Emmy Award - Best Live Special Televised Event (for Opening Gala 2006)National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences2008
Grammy Award - Best Orchestral PerformanceNational Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences2008
Grammy Award - Best Classical AlbumNational Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences2008
Awards for Adventurous Programming - 2nd placeASCAP2007
Awards for Adventurous Programming - 3rd PlaceASCAP2008
presented to the Nashville Symphony’s fundraising team for the A Time for Greatness CampaignCampbell & Company National Awards for Excellence in Fundraising2007
Awards for Excellence, recognizing building projects across North and South America - FinalistUrban Land Institute2009
Excellence in Development AwardUrban Land Institute - Nashville Chapter2009
Silver Anvil Award of ExcellencePublic Relations Society of America (PRSA)2009
Achievement in Marketing AwardNashville American Marketing Association2009
Grammy Award - Best Orchestral PerformanceNational Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences2011
Grammy Award - Best Classical Contemporary CompositionNational Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences2011
Grammy Award - Best Engineered Album, ClassicalNational Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences2011
Grammy Award - Best Instrumental Solo, ClassicalNational Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences2012
Silver Anvil AwardPublic Relations Society of America (PRSA)2011
Awards for Adventurous Programming - 3rd PlaceASCAP2011
Awards for Adventurous Programming - 2nd PlaceASCAP2012
Awards for Adventurous Programming - 3rd PlaceASCAP2013
GRAMMY Award - Best Classical CompendiumNational Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences2016
GRAMMY Awards - Best Classical Compendium, Best Classical Instrumental Solo, and Best Contemporary Classical CompositionNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences2017
Senior Staff
Title Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Brosvik joined the Nashville Symphony in 2015 as Chief Operating Officer. An experienced orchestra manager with over twenty years in the field, Brosvik previously was COO of the Houston Symphony for ten years prior to his Nashville appointment. He has also held management positions with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony, and San Antonio Symphony. He studied piano performance and Dalcroze pedagogy with Robert Abramson in New York before receiving his degree in Music Business from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.
Title Vice President of Development
Experience/Biography Jonathan Norris joined the Symphony in January of 2006. Mr. Norris's previous experience includes work with the Nashvilles Predators and Gaylord Entertainment Center where he held similar positions. Jonathan graduated from Belmont University with a Music Business degree and then went on to get his Masters in Business Administration/Human Resources Management from the University of Phoenix. Jonathan is a member of the Middle Tennessee and National Chapters of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and is certified as a Professional Human Resource (SPHR) representative from SHRM.
Title Vice President of Communications
Experience/Biography As Vice President of Communications for the Nashville Symphony, Jonathan Marx is responsible for developing cohesive marketing and communications strategy and supervising the institution’s public relations, website, social media, graphic design, advertising, promotions, publications and archives. A member of the Symphony's administrative staff since July 2008, he is a former journalist with 18 years' combined experience as an editor, critic and reporter for the Nashville Scene and The Tennessean.
Title Chief Financial Officer

Marye Walker Lewis, a native Nashvillian, joined the Nashville Symphony in 2015 as Chief Financial Officer. She began her career in public accounting with Arthur Andersen, LLC, as an auditor, and worked with clients of both for profit and nonprofit organizations.

Prior to joining the Nashville Symphony, Marye was Vice President & Controller for Health To You, LLC, a subsidiary of HCA, where she led the Finance & Accounting function from 2011 through 2015. Previous to this time, Marye held various Vice President & Controller positions, and has a wide range of experience in all aspects of accounting, budgeting, management, financial forecasting, financial operations, treasury management, and implementing & improving internal controls.

Marye is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the state of Tennessee, and holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration-Accounting Major from Middle Tennessee State University.

Marye is also a member of the Tennessee Society of CPAs, and the American Institute of CPAs, and has served in a volunteer capacity with St. Cecilia Academy, Dress for Success, and Cathedral of the Incarnation, advising in various budgetary and financial related matters.

Title Vice President of Marketing
Daniel B. Grossman, a Vice President of Marketing from Central New Jersey, comes to the Nashville Symphony as a 15-year veteran of strategic arts marketing and sales, staff management, and audience development.
Daniel most recently worked at State Theatre Regional Arts Center in New Brunswick, NJ as Vice President of Marketing. Prior to that, he worked at The Community Theatre (now Mayo Center for the Performing Arts) in Morristown, NJ as Director of Marketing. He also worked for George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ as Group Sales and Advertising Manager. He graduated from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, where he earned a Master of Communication and Information Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Theatre.
A tenacious and driven business development and marketing leader, Daniel’s core competencies include traditional, digital, and social arts marketing; audience development; public relations and branding; sales campaign execution; subscription and loyalty marketing; eCommerce, mCommerce, and web enhancement; strategic partnering; contract negotiation; staff management and training; budgeting; data analysis; board relations; and organizational planning.
Title Vice President of Human Resources

Ashley Skinner joined the Nashville Symphony in August of 2007 and is responsible for all aspects of human resources and volunteer services. Prior to joining the Nashville Symphony, Ashley worked for Michael Baker International and Grant Thornton UK LLP. Ashley holds a Master of Education in Human Resource Development from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rollins College. She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) as well as a Society for Human Resource Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She has been a member of the Society for Human Resource Management since 2008.

CEO Comments


The Nashville Symphony is dedicated to achieving the highest standard for excellence in musical performance and educational programs, while engaging the community, enriching audiences and shaping cultural life.

Over the past year, the Nashville Symphony has:

  • Performed more than 170 concerts at Schermerhorn Symphony Center and at locations across the Middle Tennessee region.
  • Reached 80,000+ children and adults through free education and engagement programs tailored to the needs of local schools and communities. 
  • Offered 100,000+ hours of free programming to people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Welcomed more than 186,000 ticket buyers to Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Aug 01 2017
Fiscal Year End July 31 2018
Projected Revenue $26,209,415.00
Projected Expenses $26,209,415.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income plus capital appreciation
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 5%
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Revenue$19,639,079$21,964,406$19,247,685
Total Expenses$27,685,757$25,358,267$24,444,914
Revenue Less Expenses($8,046,678)($3,393,861)($5,197,229)
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$217,540$263,650$233,800
Individual Contributions$4,481,118$9,257,734$7,299,617
Investment Income, Net of Losses$526,965$652,485$1,011,305
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$718,556$713,672$579,533
Revenue In-Kind$0$5,098$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$23,789,013$22,008,866$21,178,248
Administration Expense$2,657,288$2,108,485$2,085,497
Fundraising Expense$1,239,456$1,240,916$1,181,169
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.710.870.79
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%87%87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue23%12%15%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$109,322,963$117,274,111$120,713,276
Current Assets$19,521,542$21,761,914$19,560,244
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$27,941,837$28,087,030$27,987,753
Total Net Assets$81,381,126$89,187,081$92,725,703
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.700.770.70
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $11,590,289Earned Revenue $9,328,347Program Service Revenue $8,604,417
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts and Grants $4,481,118Contributions, Gifts & Grants $9,257,734Contributions, Gifts, Grants $7,299,617
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther Revenue $2,104,611Ticket Handing Charges/Facility Fees $1,743,420Ticket handling charges, facility fees, and other $1,519,013
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Jan 2018
Organization Comments

Operating results for FY 2016 showed a positive balance of $339K, which represents an improvement of 146% over the prior year’s operating loss of $732K. Record ticket sales, contributions, building rental income and off-site performance revenue played a key role in the Nashville Symphony’s strong financial performance, as did a one-time cash reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) related to expenses from the flood recovery in 2010. A recap of the Nashville Symphony’s FY 2016 audit is below:

Highlights for FY 2016 (the 12 months ended July 31, 2016 - audited):
1) Another clean audit opinion this year. For the past four years, our auditors have issued a clean opinion. (See pages 1-2 of audit.)
2) Operating loss before debt service dramatically improved to a surplus of $339K. This represents an improvement of $1.1 million, or 146%, from a $732K loss in FY15. The improvement came from the following areas(see page 18 of audit):
  • Operating revenue, including ticket sales, handling and processing fees, & transfers from endowments, was up 19%, or $2.2 million — from $11.8 million in FY 15 to $14 million in FY 16. Ticket sales drove the majority of this increase. 
  • Annual fundraising increased 10%, from $6.6 million in FY15 to $7.3 million in FY16. 
  • $599K in FEMA proceeds related to the final contract and settlement on flood repairs from 2010. This was a one-time reimbursement not included in the original operating budget. 
  • $1.4 million in event rental gross profit — up $213K, or 18%, over FY15. 
  • $421K of additional revenue from two concerts at Ascend Amphitheater, in alignment with the Nashville Symphony’s contract with Live Nation. 
  • Total investment income declined by $333K, to $154K.
3) Debt paid down by $650,000, or 3%, from $21.9 million to $21.3 million. (See page 3 of audit.)
4) Overall decrease in net assets (consolidated deficit before the impact of depreciation) was $2.1 million, due to the fact that annual fund pledges previously recorded as temporarily restricted were released from restriction in FY 16, which contributed significantly to the overall consolidated deficit before depreciation. (See page 18 of audit.) Financial Comments Financial figures are taken from the 990.
Financial documents prepared by Crowe Horwath, LLP.
Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 4/6/17.
Nonprofit Nashville Symphony Association
Address One Symphony Place
Nashville, TN 37201 2031
Primary Phone (615) 687-6500
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Alan D. Valentine
Board Chair Dr. Mark D. Peacock
Board Chair Company Affiliation Mid State Pulmonary Associates
Year of Incorporation 1946