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
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $52,700.00
Projected Expenses $52,700.00
Additional Documents
Education Awards 2011 - 20172017View
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.

2016-2017 Season:

  • Presented seven live concerts by professional musicians.
  • Provided five student concerts and clinics, reaching 1,700 students from five Northern Neck public schools. Students are 60% free/reduced price lunch eligible.
  • Granted $3,400 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 2017-2018 Season:
  • Increase subscriber base 5%.
  • Confirm and present seven evening concerts for 2017-2018 season.  Once concert will be held at a different venue, Warsaw, VA, to better serve residents in Richmond, Essex, and Westmoreland Counties.
  • Present four student concerts during the school day. 
  • Organize a Master Class for violin students.
  • Double funding for publicity: Upgrade RCA's web site; Initiate paid radio ads; increase ads in local newspapers.
  • Enhance Facebook page.

  • Develop special events to raise funds, such as a summer festival.
  • Increase annual grants to local music teachers, from $3,400 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 2018, $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 May 2017, RCA was awarded a gift from the W.D. and Carolyn Gray Trust of $13,700.  Carolyn Gray was a former RCA board member. At its May meeting, the Board of Directors voted to use the entire gift to support music education on the Northern Neck. 

 During the summer of 2017, a task force to identify the best use of this wonderful gift.
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 ($3,400 gifted in May 2017).

At the April 19, 2017 strategic planning session, the board conducted its 2nd 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 CoChair
Board CoChair Mrs. Martha Tallent
Company Affiliation Retired
Term Feb 2017 to May 2020
Email tallent@va.metrocast.net
Board of Directors
Board Members
Carol Cole Community Volunteer
Ms. Nancy Gates Community Volunteer
Dr. Thomas Gibson Community Volunteer
Mr. Bennie Green Community Volunteer
Mrs. Lien Groenwold Community Volunteer
Mrs. Barbara Hays Chesapeake Academy Music Teacher
Ruth Huber Community Volunteer
Bob Kane Community Volunteer
Mrs. Nellie Landrum Community Volunteer
Latasha Lee Chorale Teacher
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 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 11
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
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 80% attendance record.  Our volunteer board are mostly retired:  of the 16, 2 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 On Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm, The Masters of Soul will present iconic names in the history of popular music, discovered in the 60's in the Motor City of Detroit, MI.  Six vocalists and four musicians play and sing tribute to The Temptations, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Marving Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, the Four Tops, Diana Ross & the Supremes, and many more.
Population Served Adults
Budget $8,000.00
Short Term Success We have already received a $3000 grant to allay the fee for this ensemble, and we hope to attract a larger-than-usual single ticket audience in addition to our subscriber audience.
Long Term Success We confirmed this ensemble thinking they are more relevant to our African-American community, 25% of Northumberland County's population.  At the same time, this genre is beloved by everyone!

Concert on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 7:30 pm.  “Jeff Little is a remarkable musician, steeped in the tradition of his native Blue Ridge, yet also a virtuosic and eclectic innovator.” (National Public Radio). “[He] tore the place apart with his wondrously quick and articulate piano style. He is tricky and playful, yet always intelligent and richly melodic.” (The Boston Globe)

Steve Lewis is national champion on the banjo and guitar. He’s won so many competitions including Galax and Merlefest, they won’t let him compete again for five years.

Josh Scott is the trio’s upright bass master and has been featured on stage and in the studio with many critically acclaimed artists of acoustic and Americana music.

Population Served Adults
Budget $2,000.00
Short Term Success We collect addresses from our single ticket purchasers, so we can see if we have an increase in the Tappahannock/Warsaw audience on concert night.  Jeff is a big draw, wherever he performs.
Long Term Success We added this bonus concert to the 2017-2018 season, because we were able to secure the new Performing Arts Theater in Warsaw, Virginia, at  Rappahannock High School.  We had to move from Warsaw to Heathsville, Virginia in 2009, so we could raise funds for our own Steinway, and take advantage of the new theater at the Northumberland School Complex.  We subsequently lost many of our Tappahannock subscribers.  We want to serve them again by adding a concert in their neighborhood.
Description Concert on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7:30 pm. Tom Gallant on oboe joins these ambassadors of Hungarian string quartet culture.  The award-winning group toured with great success in almost all European countries, as well as in the US, Japan, China, India, Australia and New Zealand.  They have recorded the complete Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert quartets, among others.
Population Served Adults
Budget $6,500.00
Short Term Success We will receive kudos from the attending audience.
Long Term Success Classical strings is a popular genre for our subscribers audience, a mature, highly educated population.  The majority of our donors love this old music, and while we don't expect to draw from other populations, we want to accommodate the financial supporters of our organization.
Description Concert on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 7:30 pm. Ciaran is a Phantom of the Opera star, and will be accompanied by Heather Bixler, an award-winning Celtic fiddler.  Along with another vocalist, they will perform a beautiful musical mix of timeless Irish classics, familiar Broadway show stoppers and moving inspirational favorites.  "Ciaran Sheehan has a crisp, polished voice and a presence to match."  Ben Brantley, The New York Times.  Ms. Bixler will give a master class to local violin students.
Budget $5,000.00
Short Term Success Observation on concert night.
Long Term Success These polished performers will add to our reputation of bringing professional world-class music to our remote area.
Description Concert on Saturday, April 28, 2018.  This ensemble channels Django Reinhardt and Stefane Grappelli from Le Hot Club de France in the 1930's.  Absorb the kinetic and musically adventurous world of the pre-WWII jazz scene in Paris!
Population Served Adults
Budget $1,800.00
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 $52,700.00
Projected Expenses $52,700.00
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.