It Just Isn’t A New Season Without Some (alleged) Fraud


It seems rare to watch a season pass without a report of fraud or embezzlement and according to an article by Janos Gereben in the 10/11/2013 edition of the San Francisco Classical Voice (SFCV), the 2013/14 season is off with a half million dollar bang. Gereben reports that the Peninsula Symphony, a community orchestra located in Los Altos, CA, discovered at the beginning of the month that their endowment and general …

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Charges Of Financial Irregularities At Symphony Of The Americas

Adaptistration Lady Justice

When joining the board of a nonprofit performing arts organization, most folks don’t assume the job will include a political battle fought in the public arena for doing nothing more than acting as a steward of public trust. But according to a report in the 6/4/2013 edition of WPLG’s by Bob Norman, that appears to be the case at the Symphony of the Americas (SoA) where members of the organization’s …

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Hell Hath No Fury Like A Legislature Scorned

On 3/7/2013, Minnesota Representatives Jim Davnie and Rick Hansen presented a letter to Jim Nobles at the Minnesota Office of the Legislative Auditor (OLA) co-signed by 86 fellow members of the MN legislature (that’s 42 percent of all seats) requesting that his office “audit the books of the Minnesota Orchestra Association (MOA), including a review of its feasibility study for the remodeling of Orchestra Hall, a review of the use of …

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NJSO And The Damage Control Two-Step

The beleaguered New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) continues to deflect negative press following the Richard Dare scandal. After calling a press conference to officially release their 2013-14 season, NJSO spokespersons reportedly became agitated and short with reporters who, perhaps unsurprisingly, were inquiring about the Dare ordeal. Brian Wise from WQXR authored an article that was published on 1/29/2013 reports that the NJSO’s artistic leadership expressed confidence in the institution. “I feel …

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Dare To Do Your Diligence

In case you missed the bombshell news over the weekend, the New York Times published an article by Dan Wakin on 1/11/2013 which reported recently hired New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) President & CEO Richard Dare had quit in light of a 1996 case in which he was charged with an “attempted lewd act upon” a 15-year-old girl. Accordingly, today’s article will focus on issues related to due diligence and executive …

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