Elm City ChamberFest
60 Connolly Pkwy
Building 11B/ Suite 108
Hamden CT 06514-2593
Contact Information
Address 60 Connolly Pkwy
Building 11B/ Suite 108
Hamden, CT 06514-2593
Telephone (203) 297-6091 x
Fax 203-N/A
E-mail info@elmcitychamberfest.org
Web and Social Media
Mission
Elm City ChamberFest was founded on the mission to develop and operate a center for chamber music instruction for intermediate to advanced music students.  The focus is on building core ensemble skills and enhancing musical development for students, while also providing the greater community with world-class faculty and guest artist chamber music performances.  
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 2010
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Fiona Murray
Board Chair Fiona A. Murray
Board Chair Company Affiliation President/ Founder & Artistic Director
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $96,420.00
Projected Expenses $109,535.00
Statements
Mission Elm City ChamberFest was founded on the mission to develop and operate a center for chamber music instruction for intermediate to advanced music students.  The focus is on building core ensemble skills and enhancing musical development for students, while also providing the greater community with world-class faculty and guest artist chamber music performances.  
Background

Inspired by a need for a quality chamber music program for her own private students in the New Haven area, Yale School of Music graduate, Fiona Murray, founded Elm City ChamberFest in the summer of 2005.  ECCF became incorporated by the State of Connecticut in 2010. Elm City ChamberFest’s summer program is a two-week intensive chamber music course for intermediate and advanced string and piano students from ages 8 - 18. In addition to participating in their weekly chamber music performances, students, in small 5:1 student to teacher ratio class sizes, receive daily coachings, private lessons and master classes from ECCF faculty.  Additional instruction is provided by internationally renowned guest artists that offer master classes and coachings throughout the two weeks. Students also have the opportunity to observe a world class group of faculty and guest artists in performance as part of an evening concert series during the summertime.  During the fall and spring semesters, weekly chamber music classes are also offered to students of all ages, as well as faculty and student performances that take place throughout the New Haven area.

Impact
Top accomplishments in recent years:
1. The establishment of an audition based viola and cello full-tuition scholarship ($1500 each) for high school students to attend our 2-week summer program (established in 2012).
2. Scholarships and financial aid offered for all need-based students since our inception. 
3. Our Summer Piano Institute, a small and intensive program for exceptional high school pianists. Students work closely with ECCF piano faculty and guest artists in addition to receiving chamber music instruction. (established in summer of 2013).
4. Concerts in the community. Performances at the Whitney Center, a retirement community, providing residents with world-class faculty and guest artist concerts. Outreach concerts in schools throughout Connecticut.  (established in Jan. 2010). 
5. Expanding to an overnight program for high school students during the summertime (2012). 
 
Looking ahead for 2015
1. Increase our overall finances and volunteer network to enable us to expand our administrative support, strengthen our Teaching Assistant program and further our ability to give scholarships to students in need. 
2. Establish one full-tuition plus boarding scholarship for a high school violin and piano student ($3000 each), and increase the current viola and cello scholarship to cover boarding costs as well as tuition (additional $1500 each). 
3. Increase the guest artist and faculty roster and expand student course curriculum for our upcoming 11th season (2015).  
4. Establish an alumni organization, alumni newsletter and host special alumni events. 
Needs
1. Partners and private donors who are interested in financially supporting our organization through unrestricted funds.
2. Private or corporate sponsors of specific scholarship students.
3. Corporate sponsors to underwrite our faculty and guest artist performances and master classes.  
4. Volunteer coordinator and more volunteers to expand our program and administrative capacity.
5. Donation of performance space, equipment (music stands and chairs) or instrument rental and maintenance costs (piano rentals and tuning, viola rentals for secondary viola class).  
CEO Statement
ECCF was founded with the philosophy that playing chamber music is highly beneficial for young musicians, particularly as it offers so many wonderful learning opportunities for students and creates such a special bond between peers. Musically, students gain better listening skills, stronger reading skills, and various rhythmic and technical strengths when playing in a small ensemble.  Socially, playing chamber music strengthens students' leadership skills, teaches them how to problem solve, to become better communicators, and above all, often introduces them to lifelong friends that share their love of music. When given the right learning environment and quality instruction, students can make exceptional strides in their musical development in as quickly as two weeks.
 
Our intensive summer program has a student to teacher ratio of 5:1, enabling students to work in a small, focused environment and to receive a great deal of close, careful attention from faculty and staff. Additionally, our summer program has a high rate of former ECCF students that return to the program as Teaching Assistants (TAs) when they are in college. Our TAs are a large reason for our program’s success. The TAs work closely alongside the faculty during coachings, and give additional help to students throughout the course of the day, and also serve as peer mentors.  As youngsters, the students look up to the TAs. As graduates, the former students look forward to giving back to the program and becoming a TA.  Additionally, the ECCF summer program includes a variety of electives and enrichment classes such as string orchestra, cello choir, music theory, children’s choir, Jazz, Klezmer, Theater Improvisation, Yoga, and Alexander Technique. These additional classes further enhance the student's musical abilities as well as create a more well-rounded learning environment for chamber music instruction.
 
Our summer and school year chamber music groups have weekly (summertime) or end of semester (school year) performances that are included as part of their learning experience. In addition to our student training program, we have a wonderful concert series throughout the year that includes the faculty and guest artists. Students further their learning experience by attending these top quality performances, which are also well attended by people in the New Haven community.
Board Chair Statement
As ECCF is still a relatively new organization, and I am currently serving as both the CEO and President of the Board, I am extremely proud of all that we have accomplished in our short time in existence.   The lessons that our students learn from playing chamber music will be carried with them for the rest of their lives, not only as skilled musicians, but as great leaders, scholars, contributors and model citizens of the world.  The Board and I are dedicated to upholding our mission of maintaining a quality chamber music program, and our outstanding faculty, guest artists, TAs and staff are passionate about continuing to nurture and create not only wonderful chamber musicians, but wonderful people that will continue to go forth and conquer all that life has to offer.  
 
Approaching our 11th Anniversary, the Board of Directors and I are fully committed to expanding our program as well as strengthening our financial stability, looking ahead to a bright and exciting future!
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Arts,Culture & Humanities / Music
Secondary Organization Category Education /
Areas Served
State wide
National
International
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Lower Naugatuck Valley
Madison
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
Other
Our office is based in Hamden, but we serve the Greater New Haven community, performing concerts in venues in and around the New Haven area.  Our school year program enrolls chamber music students that are primarily in Fairfield or New Haven counties, with end of semester student performances in New Haven. Our summer program primarily serves students from the State of Connecticut as well has recently expanded to students from out-of-state due to the addition of our summer housing option. 
Programs
Description

Elm City ChamberFest’s summer program is a two-week intensive chamber music course for intermediate and advanced string and piano students from ages 8 - 18. In addition to participating in their weekly chamber music performances, students, in small 5:1 student to teacher ratio class sizes, receive daily coachings, private lessons and master classes from ECCF faculty.  Additional instruction is provided by internationally renowned guest artists that offer master classes and coachings throughout the two weeks. Students also have the opportunity to observe a world class group of faculty and guest artists in performances as part of an evening concert series during the summertime. 

Additionally, the ECCF program includes a variety of electives and enrichment classes such as string orchestra, cello choir, guitar ensemble, music theory, children’s choir, Jazz, Klezmer, Theater Improvisation, Yoga, and Alexander Technique.

 

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Adults / Elderly and/or Disabled
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description

 

In addition to daily chamber music coachings, pianists aged 13 - 18 participate in specialized technique classes, work closely in master classes and private lessons with faculty and guest artists on solo repertoire, performance practice and accompanying skills.  Pianists are asked to bring two previously learned solo works at the start of summer classes so that they fully benefit from the experience of working with the faculty and guest artists during the two weeks. Students' schedules include two private lessons per week that explore both solo as well as chamber repertoire, chamber music coachings, practice time, piano technique and sight reading classes, as well as a choice of electives.  

 


 

Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) / Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description

During the fall and spring semesters, weekly chamber music classes are offered to students of all ages.  Student performances at the end of each semester. 

Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / Adults / Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description Additional instruction is provided by internationally renowned guest artists that offer master classes and coachings throughout the two week summer program, and throughout the school year. World class faculty and guest artist performances are part of an evening concert series during the ECCF summertime season, as well as additional performances throughout the school year.  
Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Description Chamber music concerts in the schools to promote the art of chamber music. 
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program Comments
CEO Comments As a young organization, we are still trying to establish a stronger financial hold in order to continue with providing a top quality chamber music program for our students as well as for our audiences. At present the organization is primarily tuition-based. To avoid affecting the artistic quality of the program, we have made cuts in administrative staff. There are no further options for cutting staff, and our program is in danger of having to reduce some of the outstanding faculty or guest artists if we are unable to increase our donor base.  
CEO/Executive Director
Fiona Murray
Term Start Nov 2005
Email fionamurray@elmcitychamberfest.org
Experience An accomplished violinist and teacher, Fiona Murray has been on the faculty of Neighborhood Music School and Bethwood Suzuki School, where she was the coordinator of their Advanced Department.  She has also served on the faculty of Concordia College Conservatory, Interlochen Arts Camp, Kinhaven, and the Oxford Summer Chamber Music Institute (UK). In addition to her extensive teaching and artistic administrative background, Ms. Murray is a member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Westchester Musicians Guild and was the coordinator of their Young Artists Concert Program from 2008 - 2013. 
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 25
Number of Volunteers 10
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 4
Caucasian 19
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 Middle Eastern
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 16
Unspecified 0
Board Chair
Fiona A. Murray
Company Affiliation President/ Founder & Artistic Director
Term Nov 2009 to Nov 2015
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Michael Flynt Brown University
Valorie Luther CEO Creative Concepts
Kendra Mascioli Community Volunteer
Joseph Russo ECCF Development Officer
Phyllis Silver Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 3
Risk Management Provisions
Directors and Officers Policy
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2015
Projected Revenue $96,420.00
Projected Expenses $109,535.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund No
Documents
Form 990s
ECCF 9902013
ECCF 9902012
ECCF 9902011
ECCF 9902010
Audit Documents
Profit & Loss Statement2011
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$50,874$94,322$59,204
Administration Expense$41,840--$6,500
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.090.990.89
Program Expense/Total Expenses55%100%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$13,403$4,559$4,974
Current Assets$10,794$4,559$3,234
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$1,626$1,000$720
Total Net Assets$11,777$3,559$4,254
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities6.644.564.49
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments A relatively new 501(c)3 (since 2010), an independent audit has not yet been required. Thus far, ECCF gross revenues have not exceeded $500,000 in any fiscal year.   
Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

Address 60 Connolly Pkwy
Building 11B/ Suite 108
Hamden, CT 065142593
Primary Phone 203 297-6091
CEO/Executive Director Fiona Murray
Board Chair Fiona A. Murray
Board Chair Company Affiliation President/ Founder & Artistic Director

 

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