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THE ALL-AMERICAN BOYS CHORUS

 1801 E Edinger Ave, Ste 210
 Santa Ana, CA 92705
[P] (714) 361-3920 x 101
[F] --
http://www.taabc.org
[email protected]
Genevieve Macias
FOUNDED: 1970
INCORPORATED: 1973
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Organization DBA Boys Choir School of Orange County
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 23-7376151 00000

Summary


Mission StatementMORE »

The All-American Boys Chorus empowers and gives voice to boys from diverse backgrounds to build self-confidence, self-discipline, leadership skills, and realize achievement through the transformative power of music.

Mission Statement

The All-American Boys Chorus empowers and gives voice to boys from diverse backgrounds to build self-confidence, self-discipline, leadership skills, and realize achievement through the transformative power of music.


FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $851,600.00
Projected Revenue $894,500.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Chorus Program
  • Music Reading Program

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

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Overview


Mission Statement

The All-American Boys Chorus empowers and gives voice to boys from diverse backgrounds to build self-confidence, self-discipline, leadership skills, and realize achievement through the transformative power of music.


Background Statement

The All-American Boys Chorus (AABC) began as a small church choir in Anaheim, California in 1970 and has grown to become an internationally-touring non-denominational chorus that fosters the creative and leadership development of over one hundred boys each year. While the choir was initially comprised of only 20-30 boys affiliated with a local church, in 1973 broader community interest in the choir lead to the expansion of enrollment to include boys from all over Southern California as well as separation from the church to become a non-denominational organization. Since that time we have continued to grow, both in size and scope, in order to provide more boys with the unique creative and leadership development opportunities AABC offers. We have expanded our programming to include summer camp as well as programs for younger boys and high school students who are outside of the 8-15 age range for our Chorus Program. We began touring in the United States and Canada in the 1970s, and in 1988 booked our first overseas international tour to Romania, Austria and Russia, giving our choir international recognition. Since then we have continued to tour each year, increasing our international acclaim and providing hundreds of boys with the opportunity to travel and perform to a range of audiences throughout the world. 

 

In addition to our growth in size and reputation, we have also continually worked to improve our performances and professionalize our organization through board expansion, strategic planning and hiring a trained musical conductor and artistic director to design one-of-a-kind performances. This commitment to excellence led to AABC being named an Outstanding Arts Organization by Arts Orange County for 2011. Today, we remain committed to our vision to make a positive difference in our community. We achieve this through offering a variety of programs designed to equip young men with musical knowledge and skills and transform them into confident, seasoned performers. We currently serve 110 boys annually (ages six to 18) from throughout Southern California. We have over 1,200 alumni who have performed in 59 concert tours across 15 countries. As we approach our 50th Anniversary in 2020, the Chorus has hired a new CEO in February of 2019 to work alongside our Board and Artistic Director to build recruitment, programming, and resources to carry us on to continued success over the next 50 years.


Impact Statement

 

The goals of All-American Boys Chorus’ programs include:

·         Empower and give voice to boys from diverse backgrounds.

·         Utilize music alongside peer-to-peer mentoring and positive adult relationships to strengthen developmental assets and build boys’ self-confidence, discipline, and leadership skills. 

·         Make a positive difference in our community, our nation, and the world through the power and artistry of our voices and the leadership and example of our choristers and alumni.

As part of our dedication to enhance programming and impact, in 2018 we have embarked upon a new evaluation process. Below are the anticipated outcomes from our programs:

Musical/Artistic Development

·         100% of boys will demonstrate an increased knowledge of music reading, as measured through instructor reports.

·         100% of boys will master music skills such as vocal technique and pitch, as measured through Artistic Director or peer reports.

Leadership Development

·         90% of members will achieve greater self-confidence within 6 months of starting participation in the Chorus Program, as measured through member and parent surveys.

·         80% of Red Shirts will express a desire for further leadership opportunities by applying for Section Leader and Librarian positions.

Interpersonal Development

·         100% of members will improve their ability to get along with peers within six months of starting participation in the Chorus Program, as measured through member and parent surveys.

·         100% of members will experience an increase in friendships within six months of starting participation in the Chorus Program, as measured by member and parent surveys.

Academic Performance

    85% of boys will show improved school grades within 12 months of starting participation in the Chorus Program.

 


Needs Statement

Music Reading Program - $15,000
Tuition Assistance & Scholarship Fund - $70,000
 

CEO Statement

We believe that each child has the potential for greatness and that music can be a tool to help guide young men through the difficult stages of adolescence while instilling positive qualities that they will carry with them through life. Being a member of the chorus goes far beyond learning to read music and master vocal skills; boys develop leadership skills, experience the benefits of hard work and team work, and are allowed the opportunity for creative expression in a supportive environment. 

· Teamwork: While members of the chorus, boys are immersed in a team environment and taught that a successful choir requires that each member take responsibility within and for the group. Our motto is “You are the choir” and everything we do emphasizes teamwork and collaboration.

· Leadership Development: Boys of all ages benefit from our peer-to-peer mentoring model, where older boys develop leadership skills by teaching and supervising the musical development of the younger boys. Our program emphasizes the development of leadership skills right alongside the development of music skills.

· Artistic Excellence: AABC provides boys with a transformative artistic experience that also emphasizes the rewards of hard work. As they progress through our program, chorus members experience firsthand the benefits of training and dedication and develop confidence and a sense of pride.


Board Chair Statement

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Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Mailing a check, donating through our website or over the phone, in-kind donations, or through the Amazon Smile Foundation. We are currently seeking representatives from local organizations to sit on our Board of Directors.

Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.
North Orange County
Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
Orange County, Los Angeles County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, California

Organization Categories

  1. Youth Development - Youth Development Programs
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Music
  3. Education -

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Programs


Chorus Program

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Our Chorus Program currently has 110 boys enrolled, participating in afterschool and weekend music lessons and rehearsals, peer-to-peer mentoring, concert tours, and summer camp. Chorus members come from over 26 cities throughout Southern California and stay in the chorus for an average of four and a half years. While young men may enter our programs with a simple interest in music, they soon learn that musical ability requires discipline, dedication, and teamwork.

Training and Teamwork

Boys enrolled in the Chorus Program progress through three levels – White, Blue, and Red – named after the shirt color the boys wear. To progress to the next level, boys work with other chorus members to master specific musical skills. As they progress, they increase their musical skills and see firsthand the value and rewards of practice and hard work. To reach the final level, boys must memorize our repertoire of 40 songs, performing each song for a veteran member of the Chorus.

 

Budget  $681,500.00
Category  Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 
  1. Our own Evaluation of Participants Study (funded by grants from Arts Orange County and the Fieldstone Foundation) undertaken by Carole Zavala and Associates showed:
  • That our program “directly benefits students by utilizing participation in music as the medium to teach and develop leadership, responsibility, self-confidence and good citizenship as well as practical skills including public speaking, good study habits and time management.”
  • Parents stated that their sons had improved in the areas of self-esteem, growth in music skills, increased self-confidence and self-motivation. In particular, 85% percent of parents felt that their son had shown significant improvement in his ability to be more self-motivated, and 95% of parents stated that their son had shown significant growth in his overall musical skills including a greater appreciation of music. 79% of the respondents stated that their son had shown significant improvement in his ability to make better use of his time. Almost all noted an improvement in self-confidence.
Program Long-Term Success 
  • Alumni (ages 18 to 40) state that being in the Chorus had a significant impact on their development as leaders and on their choices and opportunities for school and careers.
Program Success Monitored By  Surveys, interviews with alumni and parents, percent attending college.  Written tests of musical skills.
Examples of Program Success  Performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Pacific Symphony, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Pacific Chorale, and with the Pentatonix and Josh Groban on national television broadcast, with Sarah McLachlan, and in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses parade.   

Music Reading Program

A key component of our overall music education curriculum—our Music Reading Program incorporates a professional staff to teach the sight-reading, writing and comprehension of the language of music.

Susan Martin is the head of the Program. She gained her B.Ed (Hons) in Music with the University of Liverpool in 1989. Susan has taught in schools in England and Australia. She authored a music education program based on the Kodaly methodology and has written several sets of curricula for the Education Department of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In the U.S., she has written curricula for the “Class Act” Concerts given by the Pacific Symphony Orchestra. 

The curriculum is divided into four levels taught by four credentialed instructors. Classes take place on Saturday mornings from September through June. Students are tested prior to each level of instruction and again at the conclusion of each level. In the first year alone, the typical student in each level increases his knowledge of music theory, rhythms and sight-singing by 75%, with the most advanced Level 4 graduates achieving a proficiency that would allow them to participate in a freshman college choral program. 

Budget  $20,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Instruction
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Males
Program Short-Term Success  In the short-term this program: 1) Helps fill a large void in music education caused by budgetary cutbacks that downsized or eliminated music programs in over 70% of Southern California elementary school districts. 2) Enables the Chorus to help students realize their full potential by enriching their musical experience and knowledge with the increased variety and depth of its repertoire. 3) Significantly enhances concert presentations, thereby enriching the artistic culture of Orange County through the Chorus’s public and music outreach performances each year. 4) Permits the Chorus to quickly master difficult musical scores and to perform with professional companies, such as the Pacific Symphony and ABC Television. 
Program Long-Term Success  In the long-term, the project will benefit current and future members as these valuable music reading skills serve them in high school and college. The depth of the education will prepare them for success in music programs specifically. Furthermore, countless studies have shown the benefits of arts and musical education toward improved cognitive function and academic achievement more broadly, as well as in helping to regulate and prompt behavioral issues. Our music education program provides a time-tested program of drastically improving both the musical and social skills of our members.
Program Success Monitored By  Students are tested prior to each level of instruction and again at the conclusion of each level. In the first year, the typical student in each level increases his knowledge of music theory, rhythms, and sight-singing by 75%, with the most advanced Level 4 graduates achieving a proficiency that would allow them to participate in a freshman college choral program, giving them a significant advantage if applying to collegiate musical degrees and programs.
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Management


CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Genevieve Macias
CEO Term Start Feb 2019
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Genevieve Macias began her tenure this year as The All-American Boys Chorus Chief Executive Officer tasked with leading the 50-year-old chorus into the next stage of its development as an internationally known institution.

Macias was responsible for leading the Long Beach Symphony out of a substantial deficit and succeeded in accomplishing five straight years of surplus budgets. She also currently serves on the Executive Board of Directors of the Association for California Symphony Orchestras and has held positions at Orange County’s Pacific Symphony and as a brand marketing senior account executive for Burson-Marsteller, a global public relations agency.

She lives in Long Beach, California with her husband of 20 years and two teen-aged sons.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mr. Anthony Manrique Jan 1993 Dec 2018

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Aaron Cassaro Chief Operating Officer
Aaron Cassaro first joined the AABC family when he auditioned to be a member of the Chorus in 1990. After graduating from the Chorus in 1995, Aaron returned to volunteer, and was initially hired to join the Chorus' production staff in 1997. 
 
Over the decades since his initial hire, Aaron has been involved in virtually every facet of the organization, from concert stage assistant to CFO. Currently, Aaron is the Chief Operating Officer of the Chorus, which allows him to pursue his passions which resolve around fostering a sense of community and involvement with the parents of our boys, mentoring and encouraging the development of our boys into respectful, accomplished young men, and building and developing a cohesive team of alumni staff members to continue the tradition of excellence that the Chorus stands for.
 
Aaron received his B.A. in Business Management from California Southern University.
Susan Martin Music Reading Program Director --
Wesley Martin Artistic Director

Wesley Martin was appointed Music Director and Conductor of The All-American Boys Chorus in July 2002. Mr. Martin is a native of Sydney, Australia, where he, wife Sue and son Harry lived until they moved to Southern California. The Chorus's Music Director earned his Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1989. Subsequently, in 1992, he secured a Hungarian state scholarship and went on to study at the renowned Kodaly Institute of Pedogogy in Hungary.

Mr. Martin has held numerous teaching and conducting positions. Among them are New South Wales State Director of Music and Conductor of the Australian Youth Choir; Assistant Conductor of the Sydney-based Beethoven Society; choral arranger for Australia's "Jubilee 2000" celebrations in Sydney's Olympic Stadium; and Director of Music for the Australian Youth Choir Chamber Ensemble. He also served on the faculty of St. Aloysius' College, Milson's Point, Sydney.

Mr. Martin has played leading roles in performances for the Australian Prime Minister, various productions at the famed Sydney Opera House, and performances with international visiting groups such as the Vienna Boys' Choir and the English Chamber Singers. Recently, he had overall responsibility for the musical-choral development of more than 2,000 Australian choristers in nine separate branches.

Now as AABC Artistic Director and Conductor, Mr. Martin expresses his primary aspirations for The All-American Boys Chorus as "excellence in musicianship and performance as well as a focus on the individual boy." He further stated, "It is also my desire to nurture the support and involvement of chorister parents and the community at large while promoting the Chorus on an even more global stage."

Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Participation in "Charlie Brown Christmas" Emmy award-winner for Outstanding Children's Program Television Academy 2015
Outstanding Arts Organization Arts Orange County 2011

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
Arts OC 2017

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

Santa Ana Unified School District 
Tustin Unified School District 
Pacific Symphony Orchestra 
Festival of Children Foundation 
PBS SoCal
Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Naval Academy
Arts OC
OC Music and Dance 
Orange County Fair & Expo Center.

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 8
Number of Volunteers 82
Number of Contract Staff 8
Staff Retention Rate % 67%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 7
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 6
Male: 8
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy --
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses

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CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Governance


Board Chair William Sanderson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Golden State Foods
Board Chair Term -
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Wendy Ahlering MD Community Volunteer Voting
Russell Bell -- Voting
Elisa Bohm -- Voting
Thomas Courtney The Courtney Group Voting
Lou Delmonico Community Volunteer Voting
Diana Dicorpo-Fuller -- Voting
John E. Dunn Asics Voting
Diana Hoffman Cal Optima Voting
Val Hongo-Whiting Owner, Gallery Accents; Co-Director, Alama Heritage Foundation Voting
Dennis Kwok Parent Representative Voting
Huey-Yann Ooi -- Voting
Rita M. Pipta Community Volunteer Voting
Stephen Ronnow -- Voting
Debra Sanchez City of Santa Ana Voting
William Sanderson Golden State Foods Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 4
Caucasian: 8
Hispanic/Latino: 2
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 8
Male: 6
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Standing Committees

  • Audit
  • Board Development / Board Orientation
  • Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Finance

Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $894,500.00
Projected Expenses $851,600.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990

2016 Form 990

2015 IRS Form 990

2014 IRS Form 990

2013 IRS Form 990

2012 Form 990

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $821,453 $853,271 $687,539
Total Expenses $790,337 $708,992 $673,422

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$169,641 $337,420 $35,322
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- $86,235
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $460,462 $377,084 $151,454
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues -- -- $81,023
Special Events $191,350 $138,767 $145,428
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other -- -- $190,877

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $606,031 $540,772 $532,474
Administration Expense $168,558 $159,774 $129,124
Fundraising Expense $15,748 $8,446 $11,824
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.04 1.20 1.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses 77% 76% 79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 4% 2% 4%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $251,894 $283,620 --
Current Assets $24,356 $31,512 --
Long-Term Liabilities -- $321,667 --
Current Liabilities $303,185 $13,155 --
Total Net Assets $-51,291 $-51,202 --

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 0.08 2.40 nan

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 113% nan%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose Purchase of a permanent facility for the Chorus and to establish a scholarship endowment.  
Campaign Goal $5,000,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

CEO Comments

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Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.

Documents


Other Documents

Community Supporter Brochure (2019)

Join the Team Brochure for parents & boys (2018)

No Other Documents currently available.