Rappahannock Concert Association, Inc.
P.O. Box 146
Kinsale VA 22488-0146
Mission Statement
To provide quality concerts to a diverse audience in the Northern Neck and adjacent counties, while supporting music education of the region's youth.
Web and Social Media
Multi-Media Comments

RCA presented a brilliant young pianist, Misuzu Tanaka, at a Beethoven/Prokofiev solo concert on November 15, 2015.

CEO/Executive Director Ms. Susan C. Nunn
Board Chair Ms Susan C. Nunn
Board Chair Company Affiliation retired
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 146
Kinsale, VA 224880146
Telephone 866 217-8149
E-mail info@rappahannockconcerts.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2000
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $49,000.00
Projected Expenses $45,955.00
Additional Documents
Education Annual Awards Table2016View
Subscriber Survey Report2016View
Online Survey Summary2016View
Subscriber Survey Results2015View
We have doubled information found on our web site, www.rappahannockconcerts.org over the past two years.  In addition to adding a Paypal capability for concert/subscription purchase, we have been able to post professional critiques of musicians; videos of public and student concerts, and archived "Greatest RCA Hits" of artists who have topped our annual survey results. We have surveyed our audience every year for the past four years, for the first time in 2016, using an online survey instrument.
To provide quality concerts to a diverse audience in the Northern Neck and adjacent counties, while supporting music education of the region's youth.

2015-2016 Season:

  • Presented six live concerts by professional musicians.
  • Provided seven student concerts and clinics, reaching 1,700 students from five Northern Neck public schools. Students are 60% free/reduced price lunch eligible.
  • Granted $2,600 to area public school music teachers.
  • Provided use of our performance Steinway to three other community organizations and four student performances.  In 2009, we raised $43,000 to purchase the Steinway, housed with our partners, the Northumberland County Public Schools in Heathsville, VA. 
Goals 2016-2017 Season:
  • Increase subscriber base 10%.
  • Confirm and present seven evening concerts for 2016-2017 season.
  • Present five student concerts during the school day 
  • Develop Facebook and Twitter capability.

  • Develop special events to raise funds, such as a summer festival.
  • Double annual grants to local music teachers, from $2,500 to $5,000.
  • Hire professional marketer, $1,000. Hire a professional publications designer, $500.
  • Increase student concerts from two to six; now budgeted $1,200.  (A typical concert musician charges $600 for each student program.) This would enable us to budget $3,600 for student programs.
  • Secure Virginia Commission of the Arts musician residency for summer 2017, $2,500.


The Rappahannock Concert Association began in 1983 with a mission of providing quality, live concerts to a permanent subscriber audience in the Northern Neck area, and supporting and funding music education for the region's youth. This fledgling organization's handful of dedicated volunteer founders from Essex and Richmond counties, brought professional, live concerts to the rural Northern Neck with performances in a variety of venues.

In 2000, RCA incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run by an all-volunteer board of directors. In 2009, RCA moved to its new, state of the art home in the Northumberland County Schools Performing Arts Theater, premiering its first concert in September 2009 with a pianist, using a performance Steinway for which RCA raised $43,000. RCA has been presenting professional artists continuously since 1983, and has provided at least two student concerts annually since 2005.
CEO Statement

In November 2015, RCA presented Misuzu Tanaka, a solo pianist who performed a program of Beethoven and Prokofiev.  Her performance was reviewed by Professor Emeritus Carolyn Plummer, Notre-Dame, as an exceptional new talent.  In addition, RCA has secured the support of the US Navy Outreach Program, which funded a Woodwind Ensemble for a free public concert and three student concerts, also in November 2015.  The organization is increasing its support of public school music teachers with enhanced outreach and funding.  In October 2016, we presented The Glenn Miller Orchestra to our largest audience ever (402).  Also in October, we hosted the US Navy's rock band to give a free public performance plus two student concerts.  In November 2016, Thomas Pandolfi, an extroverted pianist, presented an All-Chopin evening concert and two student concerts.

At our April 2015 Board meeting, we voted to eliminate student ticket fees completely.  Students are always free to all concerts.
Board Chair Statement

We are consistently successful at contracting world-class musicians to perform in our remote community.  Audience testimonials marvel at our ability to pay for such high-quality talent with the affordable subscription price of just $15 per concert.

The local counties' school boards write glowing thank you notes regarding the student concerts and clinics our visiting artists present each year.   As budgets for music education continue to decrease, our gifts to area music teachers are much appreciated ($2,500 budgeted annually).

At a recent strategic planning session, the board conducted a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats).  Number 1 threat:  Our rural/retired population is decreasing, and therefore our subscriber/volunteer base is decreasing.  In 2013 we decided to focus on single ticket revenue, and we initiated a "Pick Three for $60" subscription to accommodate patrons who travel for much of the year.  This year we will focus on attracting underserved populations, African-Americans and Hispanics, to our subscriber base.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Essex County
Northern Neck
Mathews County
We serve the Northern Neck Counties of  Northumberland, Lancaster, Richmond, Westmoreland; Middle Peninsula Counties of Middlesex, Mathews (with whom we have a reciprocal ticket privilege with "Concerts-on-the-Bay") and Gloucester.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms Susan C. Nunn
Company Affiliation retired
Term May 2014 to Mar 2018
Email Suenunn41@gmail.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
Carol Cole Community Volunteer
Alice Cooper Community Volunteer
Michael DeGroot Community Volunteer
Ms. Nancy Gates Community Volunteer
Dr. Thomas Gibson Community Volunteer
Mrs. Lien Groenwold Community Volunteer
Mrs. Barbara Hays Chesapeake Academy Music Teacher
Rev. Alan Hooker Community Volunteer
Ruth Huber Community Volunteer
Bob Kane Community Volunteer
Mrs. Nellie Landrum Community Volunteer
Latasha Lee Chorale Teacher
Jayne McQuade Community Volunteer
Dolores Meo Community Volunteer
Sue Nunn Community Volunteer
ADM John Sigler Community Volunteer
Mrs. Nancy Stogowski Community Volunteer
Rev. Charles Sydnor Community Volunteer
Mrs. Martha Tallent Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 13
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 95
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Risk Management Provisions
General Property Coverage
Commercial General Liability
Standing Committees
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
We keep attendance records in our meetings minutes but maintain no attendance spreadsheet.  We estimate a 75% attendance record.  Our volunteer board are mostly retired:  of the 19, 3 hold full-time jobs.  We are a working board:  every board member signs up for two of our eight committees.  95% make donations above their subscriptions, and 100% give volunteer time to produce concerts and reach out to local schools.
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. Susan C. Nunn
Experience Twenty-three years as Member Services/Chapter Development officer with the National Investor Relations Institute, a professional organization of corporate executives.  Duties included marketing, product management, and Staff Director of the NIRI Ethics Council.
Former CEOs
Mary Crump Apr 1999 - Apr 2010
Ms. Carolyn Scarbrough May 2010 - May 2014
Senior Staff
Mrs. Lyn Conley Administrator
Mrs. Julie Stanley Owner, At Home Printing
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 18
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted June 2013
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Northern Neck Counties' School Boards.
Description RCA welcomes back this young piano extrovert to play an all-Chopin concert. "International prize winning pianist Thomas Pandolfi is unusual because of the youth and intensity, technical brilliance and clarity of his playing. Don't miss him. Mr. Pandolfi's gestures and grandiloquence brought to mind Van Cliburn in Moscow.” – The Winchester Star

During his visit to the Northern Neck, Mr. Pandolfi will give two student concerts to Northumberland & Westmoreland County Students.


Population Served General/Unspecified
Budget $4,250.00
Short Term Success Annual audience survey.  
Long Term Success The RCA Board and artist selection committee hopes to attract classical piano enthusiasts with an all-Chopin evening concert.  In addition, Mr. Pandolfi will give two student concerts to K-5 and Middle School audiences. His exuberant style and happy, contemporary repertoire for youth audiences is exemplary.

March 11, 2017

The Baltimore Consort has delighted audiences on both sides of the Atlantic and earned their CDs a place on the Billboard Magazine Top-Ten list. The Baltimore Consort's arrangements of early music from England, Scotland, France, Italy, and Spain speak to the heart as well as the mind. “Few early music players have more fun making music than the Baltimore six…” – The New Yorker          



Population Served General/Unspecified
Budget $5,600.00
Short Term Success This ensemble has a large following of period music lovers.  We hope to attract an audience from Richmond and Fredericksburg to this concert.
Long Term Success Annual audience survey
Description  Friday, April 28, 2017

“LADIES OF JAZZ!” Stephanie channels June Christy, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. She is accompanied by Hod at the piano with their jazz combo. Stephanie Nakasian will take you on a fantasy swing voyage, fresh and authentic, that transcends the Great Ladies of Song in both tribute and originality.  Stephanie Nakasian is listed in the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz as one of the world’s leading jazz singers.

 A UVA and William & Mary jazz vocal professor, Stephanie will give a master class to selected Northern Neck choral students. 

Population Served General/Unspecified
Budget $3,350.00
Short Term Success Annual audience survey.  Ms. Nakasian, a jazz vocal professor at UVA and William & Mary will give a master class to select students chosen by local choral teachers.
Long Term Success The RCA Board and selection committee goal to attract the African-American community to our concerts chose this performer's genre as the best way to present these famous artists.
Description  Saturday, May 20, 2107

He’s back! A beloved RCA favorite, Jeff is joined by Galax champion Steve Lewis and bass player Josh Scott. “With few exceptions, the piano does not play a prominent part in Americana or traditional music, and is rarely the lead instrument. But Jeff Little is an exception – and a remarkable one. His distinctive style, much influenced by the flat-picked guitar tradition, is breathtaking in its speed, precision and clarity.”   -- National Council for the Arts


Population Served General/Unspecified
Budget $2,250.00
Short Term Success  This group has attracted enough single ticket revenue to pay for his entire fee and advertising expenses.  We expect the large attendance of his past performances to continue.
Long Term Success Jeff Little has twice been ranked highest of season artists in our annual audience survey.  By placing his concert at the beginning of the summer, we hope to attract the Northern Neck's seasonal population, and grow our single ticket audience.
Description The US Navy Community Outreach Program will again send an ensemble from the Fleet Forces Band in Norfolk to give a public concert on Thursday, October 6th at 7:30 pm, in the Northumberland Schools Performing Arts Theater in Heathsville, 201 Academic Lane.  The "Four Star Edition" is their rock ensemble, here's the link: 


The 4-piece band will also give two student concerts during the school day, one for Northumberland Middle and High School students and one for the Richmond Intermediate and Rappahannock High School students in Warsaw, VA.  These programs are provided absolutely free to the sponsoring organization, and we couldn't be more grateful!
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Budget $100.00
CEO/ED/Board Comments

1) Since 1983, our mission has been to develop a subscription audience on the Northern Neck, where patrons can pay in advance for six live concerts ($100).  However, we are finding that our year-around population is decreasing steadily, and we need to attract more weekend and summers-only residents to purchase single tickets in order to reach our revenue goals.  We have in March 2017 launched a Facebook page and used its "Boost a Post" to market our March 11th concert, "Food of Love" by The Baltimore Consort, performing music from Shakespeare's plays.   

Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $49,000.00
Projected Expenses $45,955.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$29,458$29,062$26,850
Administration Expense$2,455$5,755$5,091
Fundraising Expense$0$2,371$1,318
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.131.121.29
Program Expense/Total Expenses92%78%81%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%31%15%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$36,425$35,722$29,145
Current Assets$25,215$6,576$29,145
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$36,425$35,722$29,145
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 4/2017View
Organization Comments

2016 End Year

Total Revenues Amount:  $42,570  Actual Expenses: $44,953

We used our money-market account to cover the shortfall.