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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
The Little Orchestra Society/Orpheon, Inc.

A BBB Accredited charity


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The Little Orchestra Society/Orpheon, Inc.
330 West 42nd Street
12th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Year, State Incorporated:
1971, New York
Stated Purpose:
" Celebrating 67 years of performances this season, The Little Orchestra Society (LOS)® shares the vitality of live classical music and seeks to build future audiences by presenting innovative concerts that incorporate multiple art forms to foster a deeper understanding and enjoyment of music. With original productions designed by our artistic staff, consulting producers, and program designers, the Orchestra’s mission is to make concertgoing and engagement in the live performing arts a lifelong pursuit. "

Evaluation Conclusions

The Little Orchestra Society/Orpheon, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.



Happy Concerts for Young People

This Peabody Award-winning series for children ages 6 to 12, currently performed at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, and New York City Center, presents timeless works from the orchestral repertoire for families in a way that preserves the historical and musical integrity of the works while engaging today’s concertgoers. LOS marries contemporary style, the latest technology, and multiple art forms to enhance the audience's understanding and connection with the music. Each program is generally performed twice with an open dress rehearsal. As part of Live in Concert! and Musical Connections: The School Partnership Program, The Little Orchestra Society’s music education and community engagement initiatives, thousands of culturally underserved young people attend these events free-of-charge each year.


The Lolli-Pops concert series for children ages 3 to 5, presented at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, introduces our youngest audience members to the basic elements of music through the incorporation of multiple creative elements and with the help of popular characters that represent each of the instrument families in the orchestra. At Lolli-Pops performances, children receive musical instruments or educational materials to take home to further enhance their understanding of their concert-going experience.

Musical Connections: The School Partnership Program®

The Little Orchestra Society's in-school music composition residency program, Musical Connections: The School Partnership Program®, provides music education and concert experiences for students in Grades K-3 in New York City public schools. The program introduces live performance to underserved communities and encourages hands-on, interactive and in-depth engagement for each participating student. The over-arching goal is for students to understand first-hand the processes connected to making and listening to music, with the belief that composing is both a fundamental way to understand music and the most tangible way to demonstrate that understanding. At the end of each residency, the partner schools hold school-day celebrations for family and friends which emphasize the students' musical growth and showcase their collaborative class compositions. In-class learning is reinforced through attendance at weekday dress rehearsals of Lolli-Pops™ and Happy Concerts for Young People concerts. Free tickets to weekend performances are also offered to students and their families to encourage them to experience live concerts together.

Live in Concert!

The Little Orchestra Society's community engagement program, Live In Concert!, offers accessibility to members of the New York City community who would otherwise have little or no contact with classical music. To this end, Live In Concert! provides opportunities for both underserved public school students and children in publicly-funded day care centers and social service agencies, as well as their families, to attend weekday open dress rehearsals and weekend performances of our Lolli-Pops™ and Happy Concerts for Young People concert series free-of- charge. Educational resource materials are provided online to help teachers and program leaders in preparing and enhancing the concert experience for their students.

Project 65Plus

The Little Orchestra Society seeks to provide engagement and outreach opportunities for the growing number of underserved seniors in New York City through Project 65Plus. In this program, the Orchestra recognizes seniors as both individuals and caregivers by highlighting the importance of lifelong learning in the rapidly expanding senior population, as well as the increasing number of grandparents who are the primary caregivers for children. Through Project 65Plus, senior New Yorkers are provided with tickets free-of-charge through various public and social service organizations to experience arts enrichment and continuing education at the Orchestra’s evening adult concerts and pre-concert seminars, as well as to attend weekday dress rehearsals and weekend performances of Lolli-Pops ™ and Happy Concerts for Young People performances with the children in their care.


Chief Executive Officer:
Ms. Joanne Bernstein-Cohen, Executive Direc
Chair of the Board:
Mr. William Ohlemeyer
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Partner / Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP.
Board Size:
Paid Staff Size:

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:

Direct mail appeals, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, internet.
Fund raising costs were 19.3% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,621,307, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


The following information is based on the Little Orchestra Society/Orpheon, Inc.'s Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  



Box Office Revenues


Fundraising Benefits


Donated Services and Facilities


Handling Charges


Performance Fees


Rental Income


Concession Income




Other Revenue


Less:Direct Costs Benefiting Donors


Less: Community Outreach Tickets


Total Income


Program Expenses  

Family Concerts




Public Service Programs


Adult Concerts

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Expenses in Excess of Income




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 81%  Fund Raising: 12%  Administrative 7% 
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Beginning net assets $486,029
Ending net assets 278,181
Total liabilities 246,025

Total assets



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