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 Mr. James C. Seabury III
Board Chair Company Affiliation Enterprise Electric
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1946
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Projected Expenses $20,500,000.00
Projected Annual Revenue $20,500,000.00 (2016)
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 140 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 17 GRAMMY® nominations and eight 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 100,000 adults and children annual 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.



2014/15 Accomplishments:

  1. The Nashville Symphony expanded the American orchestral repertoire by commissioning and giving world-premiere performances of new works by American composers: Conni Ellisor and Victor Wooten’s The Bass Whisperer, Richard Danielpour’s “Walt Whitman Songs,” and Michael Daugherty’s “Tales of Hemingway."
  2. The orchestra preserved and promoted the American repertoire by recording works by Richard Danielpour and Michael Daugherty and releasing recordings of works by Stephen Paulus and Joan Tower, all on the Naxos label.
  3. The Nashville Symphony performed a variety of works by contemporary American composers: John Adams’s “Chairman Dances,” Tobias Picker’s “Old and Lost Rivers,” Christopher Rouse’s “Odna Zhizn (A Life),” Frank Ticheli’s “Radiant Voices,” Richard Danielpour’s “Songs of Solitude,” and Michael Daugherty’s “American Gothic.”
  4. In recognition of its high-quality recordings, the Nashville Symphony earned a GRAMMY® nomination for its recording of Roberto Sierra’s Sinfonía No. 4.
  5. Nashville Symphony musicians significantly invested in Sectional lessons with students in band/orchestra programs in local schools, growing the number of students reach from less than 500 last year to over 1,100 during the 2014/15 season.
  6. The orchestra shaped cultural life in Nashville and reached thousands of people across Middle Tennessee through performances at the Free Day of Music, Let Freedom Sing celebration, and Community Concerts in local parks during summer 2015.

2015/16 Priorities:

  1. The Nashville Symphony will preserve and promote excellent works from the contemporary American repertoire through high-quality recording projects. During the 2015/16 season, the orchestra will record works by Richard Danielpour (“Toward the Splendid City”), Michael Daugherty (Organ Concerto), Jennifer Higdon (Oboe Concerto, Viola Concerto, and “All Things Majestic”), and Frank Ticheli (Clarinet Concerto).
  2. The Nashville Symphony will launch a new outdoor concert series at the Ascend Amphitheater.
  3. The orchestra’s education initiative will continue growing efforts to provide direct, high-level instrument instruction to underserved students in Metro Nashville Public Schools.
  4. The new Composer Lab & Workshop will discover talented young American composers and bring them to Nashville to work with the orchestra in October 2015.
  5. The Nashville Symphony will launch the Accelerando Program, an initiative designed to connect talented young musicians from diverse backgrounds with the resources they need to pursue careers in orchestral music.
  6. The Nashville Symphony will shape cultural life and enhance the community's access to high quality orchestral music through free concerts in community venues, performances at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and lifelong learning opportunities for people of all ages.

Needs In order to ensure a successful future, the Nashville Symphony needs to:
  1. Grow annual fundraising to a sustainable $8 million.
  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 to contribute to Nashville's top-notch musical culture and reinforce the Nashville Symphony's role as a source of civic pride throughout Middle Tennessee.
  4. Serve as an educational resource and partner for students and teachers, providing programs that meet the evolving needs of schools throughout Middle Tennessee.
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
The Nashville Symphony's concerts, community engagement activities, and educational programs serve the entire Middle Tennessee region. During the 2014/15 season, the NSO sold 174,994 tickets to performances in the concert hall to Middle Tennesseans and visitors from across the United States and around the world. Tennesseans from the Middle Tennessee region purchased the vast majority (93%) of these tickets. Visitors from all 50 states and 28 countries purchased the remaining tickets, a clear indication of the orchestra's stature as a performing arts organization that serves as a global ambassador for Tennessee.
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.

— James C. Seabury III

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 hugely 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 in 2015/16. We partnered with the Library of Congress and other institutions to commission a new work by Jennifer Higdon, a composer with Tennessee roots, and we released three new recordings, including Ben Folds’ So There, which topped the Billboard Classical Albums chart. Our commitment to recording American music of the highest quality was recognized with the orchestra’s eighth GRAMMY® Award, and we launched an exciting new initiative, Composer Lab, that will help to shape a whole new generation of American composers.

Other notable highlights include the hiring of two new orchestra members from a highly competitive national applicant pool, and our first concerts in the stunning new Ascend Amphitheatre, which will make it possible for us to add even more to the vibrancy of downtown Nashville. We also look forward to welcoming the next generation of conducting talent to Nashville for the League of American Orchestras’ Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, which attracts orchestra representatives from across the country.

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. We continue to find ways to innovate in our educational programming, most notably through our Accelerando initiative, which 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. A $959,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will ensure that Accelerando has a strong financial foundation for its first six years.

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 18 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.

— Alan D. Valentine

The Nashville Symphony is performing and expanding the American orchestral repertoire in its 2015/16 Classical Series. The orchestra will record over 120 minutes of music by living American composers, including: Michael Daugherty's "Once Upon a Castle," a concerto for organ and orchestra; Richard Danielpour's "Toward the Splendid City;" Franki Ticheli's Clarinet Concerto, performed by NSO Principal Clarinet James Zimmermann; and Jennifer Higdon's "All Things Majestic," Viola Concerto, and Oboe Concerto, performed by NSO Principal Oboe James Button. The Nashville Symphony will also perform works from the American orchestral repertoire by John Adams and Leonard Bernstein.


Audiences will also enjoy masterpieces of the orchestral repertoire during the 2015/16 season. Orchestral favorites include Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Sibelius's Symphony No. 2, and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11.

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. Middle Tennessee audiences will experience the joy and pleasure of the orchestral art form through the Nashville Symphony's Classical Series. 

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.  The NSO 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 NSO 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

Already, 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 for each season since then have maintained that expanded growth. Notably, we earned $1.2 million more in 08/09 ticket sales over that of the year before. Other indicators of success include a total of 17 GRAMMY® nominations and eight GRAMMY® Awards for our recordings, which attest to our artistic growth; and our recent invitation to perform on a Saturday night at Carnegie Hall in May 2012, which affirms that both our musicianship and our programming are of a quality to merit national attention.


The Nashville Symphony’s 2015/16 Pops Series consists of eight concert weekends and pairs the orchestra with musical icons such as Frankie Vallie and the Four Seasons, Pink Martini, and Alabama. 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, music fans across the region enjoy the superb acoustics of Schermerhorn Symphony Center and the artistic excellence of the Nashville Symphony.


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 for each season since then have maintained that expanded growth. These figures indicate that we are continuing to engage our most dedicated patrons while also attracting new audience members.



The Nashville Symphony offers music education programs to public, private, charter, and home schools in Middle Tennessee. These programs are offered at no cost to schools or students to ensure that every child has the opportunity to discover a lifelong passion for music.

Young People's Concerts introduce 22,000 students to full-scale orchestral concerts each year. More than 4,000 students attend One on a Part, an educational chamber music program at the Schermerhorn. Ensembles in the Schools engage 5,000 students each year with interactive performances by small groups of Symphony musicians. The Instrument Petting Zoo gives 2,000 young students a hands-on introduction to instruments. Symphony musicians give Sectionals, Masterclasses, and Lessons to over 500 middle and high school band/orchestra students. The Nashville Symphony works as an Enhancement Partner in the Nashville After Zone Alliance (NAZA) to deliver activities and performances for at-risk middle school to students. Nashville Symphony musicians also teach after-school music lessons to individual students or through collaborative efforts with various youth orchestra, including the Curb Youth Symphony, Music City Youth Orchestra, and the Williamson County Youth Orchestra. These efforts support high-level music study in the region.
During the 2015/16 season, the Nashville Symphony launched the Accelerando Program. Recognizing that American orchestras need to reflect the rich diversity of their communities, the Nashville Symphony created this program to provide intensive music instruction and training to promising music students in grades 5-12 from underrepresented groups in Middle Tennessee. The goal of this program is to build a pipeline of diverse, talented musicians who will form the next generation of classical musicians for orchestras across the United States. 
To learn more about Nashville Symphony education programs, please visit:
Nashville Symphony education programs
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 more than 80,000 students through its education programs last season, a number which grows annually, demonstrating community demand for educational programming.


Long term Success

The long-term goal of the Nashville Symphony’s education department is to continue to provide comprehensive, barrier-free access to arts education programs for students across Middle Tennessee, and by doing so continue to be a resource for families and schools. With school budgets facing increasing stresses as a result of the economy, the Symphony wishes to ensure that arts education thrives in the classroom. 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 takes place on the stage of the concert hall and features intimate performances by increase the community’s access to the top-notch artistry of the musicians of the Nashville Symphony.

To learn more about community engagement programs, please visit:
Nashville Symphony community programs
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 more than 175,000 people from across Middle Tennessee.


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 Shelbyville, are community events that involve volunteer committees and collaborations with other organizations. Attendance at these concerts is routinely high — including a completely packed house for the “Let Freedom Sing!” concert. The Symphony performs during Nashville’s annual Fourth of July concert in Riverfront Park – exposing more than 100,000 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 senior citizens in Middle Tennessee 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:
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. During first season of this series, the four concerts drew an average attendance of 621 people per concert. Thus far during the 2014/15 season, 4,800 tickets have been sold for these four concerts. Two concerts have already taken place this season and have drawn an average audience of 1,300 per concert. The extraordinary year-over-year growth in the audience for the Coffee & Classics Series indicates that the Nashville Symphony is meeting a clear need for daytime cultural programming for senior citizens 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 2015/16 season, notable performances include concerts with Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, the B-52s, and Sheryl Crow, as well as holiday-themed performances with Kristin Chenoweth. During the summer of 2016, the orchestra will perform a series of movie concerts, playing the soundtracks of Star Trek Into Darkness, The Wizard of Oz, and The Raiders of the Lost Ark 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 2015/16 season includes performances of beloved pieces by Gustav Holst and Camille Saint-Saens.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. James C. Seabury III
Company Affiliation Enterprise Electric
Term Aug 2014 to July 2016
Board Members
Mr. John Bailey Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Russell Wayne Bates DeloitteVoting
Dr. David L. Black Aegis Sciences CorporationVoting
Dr. Victor Braren Mid-State UrologyVoting
Mrs. Pamela Carter RetiredVoting
Ms. Rebecca Cole Orchestra RepresentativeExofficio
Mr. Kevin Crumbo KraftCPAsVoting
Mr. Ben Cundiff Cundiff FarmsVoting
Mr. Frank Daniels The Tennessean/GannettVoting
Ms. Jana Davis HCAVoting
Mr. Robert Dennis
Mrs. Mary Falls Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Benjamin Folds
Ms. Judy Foster Community VolunteerVoting
Ms. Becky Gardenhire William Morris Endeavor EntertainmentVoting
Mr. Vince Gill singer/songwriterVoting
Mr. Edward A. Goodrich Caterpillar Financial ServicesVoting
Mr. Carl Haley
Mr. Michael Hayes C.B. Ragland CompanyVoting
Mrs. Evelyn M. Hill Bradley Arant Boult CummingsVoting
Mr. Christopher Holmes FirstBankVoting
Mrs. Martha R. Ingram Ingram Industries Inc.Voting
Ms. Amanda Mathis Bridgestone AmericasVoting
Mr. Keith McLusky Nashville Symphony Orchestra LeagueExofficio
Mr. Robert E. McNeilly Jr.Community volunteerVoting
Mr. Richard Lyle Miller Voting
Mr. Bill Minkoff Hawker BeechcraftVoting
Mr. David K. Morgan Lattimore, Black, Morgan & CainVoting
Ms. Louise Morrison Nashville Symphony musicianExofficio
Mr. Michael D. Musick BDOVoting
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
Mr. James C. Seabury IIIEnterprise Electric LLCVoting
Mr. Nelson Shields
Mrs. Judith F. Simmons Community volunteerVoting
Mr. Jeremy Tucker NissanVoting
Mr. Alan D. Valentine Nashville Symphony President and CEOExofficio
Dr. Mark Wait Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University
Mr. Jeffery Walraven BDOVoting
Mr. Jonathan Weaver EYVoting
Mr. Jim White Nashville Symphony ChorusExofficio
Ms. Mindy Whitley Nashville Symphony musicianExofficio
Mr. Roger Wiesmeyer Nashville Symphony musicianExofficio
Ms. Clare Yang Nashville Symphony musicianExofficio
Ms. Donna Yurdin Exofficio
Ms. Shirley Zeitlin Zeitlin & Co., RealtorsVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 49
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 32
Female 19
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 51-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 at the platinum level (7+ concerts, 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.
  8. Attend special events that support the Nashville Symphony, including the Symphony Ball and Fashion Show.


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 eight GRAMMY® Awards and 17 GRAMMY® nominations; dozens of highly regarded and best-selling CD releases on the Naxos and Decca 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 151
Part Time Staff 150
Volunteers 300
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 85%
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
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.

Title Vice President of Artistic Administration

Larry Tucker is well-respected in the classical music field for his diverse experience and collaborative, hands-on approach to artist management and artistic planning. As a successful artist manager with Columbia Artists Management Inc., he represented some of the world’s most distinguished artists, including Maurizio Pollini, Marilyn Horne, Montserrat Caballé and Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and he has toured with many great orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle and London Symphony Orchestra.

Larry has worked with two major American orchestras, the Seattle Symphony and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, raising their level of guest artists and conductors. He played a major role in bringing celebrated conductor Edo de Waart to Milwaukee as its new music director. Innovative in his collaboration with marketing and development, he helped create and host many events for those departments and often served as the spokesperson for both symphonies.

Larry was the former chairman of the Marilyn Horne Foundation, and he has served as a member of the board of Frankly Music, NARAS and local community boards. In December 2010, he served on the NEA Grants Panel.

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 140 concerts at Schermerhorn Symphony Center and at locations across the Middle Tennessee region.
  • Reached nearly 100,000 children and adults through free education and engagement programs tailored to the needs of local schools and communities.
  • Offered 135,000 hours of free programming to people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Welcomed more than 174,000 ticket buyers to Schermerhorn Symphony Center. 
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Aug 01 2015
Fiscal Year End July 31 2016
Projected Revenue $20,500,000.00
Projected Expenses $20,500,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
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 Year201520142013
Total Revenue$21,964,406$19,247,685$21,136,846
Total Expenses$25,358,267$24,444,914$34,368,792
Revenue Less Expenses($3,393,861)($5,197,229)($13,231,946)
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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$263,650$233,800$322,850
Individual Contributions$9,257,734$7,299,617$4,096,968
Investment Income, Net of Losses$652,485$1,011,305$8,748,378
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$713,672$579,533$564,959
Revenue In-Kind$5,098$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$22,008,866$21,178,248$29,260,862
Administration Expense$2,108,485$2,085,497$3,688,848
Fundraising Expense$1,240,916$1,181,169$1,419,082
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.870.790.62
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%87%85%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue12%15%28%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$117,274,111$120,713,276$128,202,779
Current Assets$21,761,914$19,560,244$17,936,504
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$25,250,000
Current Liabilities$28,087,030$27,987,753$5,076,219
Total Net Assets$89,187,081$92,725,703$97,876,560
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.770.703.53
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%20%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $9,328,347Program Service Revenue $8,604,417Investment Income $8,748,378
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts & Grants $9,257,734Contributions, Gifts, Grants $7,299,617Program Service Revenue $7,017,741
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountTicket Handing Charges/Facility Fees $1,743,420Ticket handling charges, facility fees, and other $1,519,013Contributions, Gifts and Grants $4,096,968
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 2017
Organization Comments Financial Comments
In-kind contributions are largely guest artist services (i.e. donated plane tickets and hotel rooms).
Special events are sponsored by "friends of" organization.
Nashville Symphony receives only the net revenue from the event. Event expenses are not reflected in Nashville Symphony's fundraising expenses. 
Foundation and Corporate contributions are included in the Individuals sum as this information is not separated in the Form 990.
Financial figures are taken from the 990.
Financial documents prepared by Crowe Horwath, LLP.
Comments provided by Elizabeth Madsen 3/23/16
Nonprofit Nashville Symphony Association
Address One Symphony Place
Nashville, TN 372012031
Primary Phone (615) 687-6500
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Alan D. Valentine
Board Chair Mr. James C. Seabury III
Board Chair Company Affiliation Enterprise Electric
Year of Incorporation 1946