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Pacific Chorale

 3303 Harbor Blvd, Ste E5
 Costa Mesa, CA 92626
[P] (714) 662-2345
[F] (714) 662-2395
[email protected]
Molly Pontin
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Employer Identification Number 95-2585505 00000



Mission StatementMORE »

We inspire our community through artistry and innovation in choral music performances and education programs.

Mission Statement

We inspire our community through artistry and innovation in choral music performances and education programs.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $1,888,100.00
Projected Revenue $1,889,065.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Concerts Given in OC
  • Education

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Mission Statement

We inspire our community through artistry and innovation in choral music performances and education programs.

Background Statement

Pacific Chorale is one of America's great choirs, delighting national and international audiences with exceptional choral performances since 1968. Under the inspired guidance of Artistic Director John Alexander, Pacific Chorale has infused an Old World art form with California's hallmark innovation and cultural independence.


• Resident choir of the celebrated Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

• Chorus America - 2015 Award for Education & Community Engagement 

• ASCAP Chorus America "Alice Parker Award for Adventurous Programming" in 2005

• One of the top 10 budgeted choruses in the nation

• Professional-core chorus of 140 singers

• Approximately 20 concerts annually

• Recipient of the prestigious Chorus America "Margaret Hillis Achievement Award for Choral Excellence"

Impact Statement

Pacific Chorale is the in-residence chorus for the Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts in Costa Mesa, CA. Pacific Chorale presents approximately 20 concerts per year. It also records for the Delos label. Its 2014 CD release "American Voices" received a rave review in the December 2014 issue of Gramophone Magazine, the most-prestigious classical review journal in the world. 
On April 13, 2015, Pacific Chorale was presented with the "Education and Community Engagement" Award by Chorus America for its Pacific Chorale Academy after-school program.
Delos Records released the world-premiere recording of Jake Heggie's choral opera "The Radio Hour" in October, 2015. The recording features the John Alexander Singers, Pacific Chorale's 24-voice chamber choir. Pacific Chorale will join Pacific Symphony in being presented at Carnegie Hall in a performance of Phillip Glass' "Passion of Ramakrishna" in Spring of 2018.

Needs Statement

• Funding for concert series
• General operating funds
• Funding for education programs
• Building new audiences
• Building awareness of the organization in the general public 

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Those interested in contributing to Pacific Chorale can mail cash or check to 3303 Harbor Blvd, Ste E5, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.  We also accept phone donations at (714) 662-2345.  In-kind donations are accepted on a case by case basis. Most Pacific Chorale singers are volunteers.  If you would like to become a volunteer singer and perform in the world-class Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, please visit our website, for more information.

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County

Organization Categories

  1. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Music
  2. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Arts & Culture
  3. Arts,Culture & Humanities - Bands & Ensembles



Concerts Given in OC

Pacific Chorale presents a series of six concerts per year at venues in OC, including the R&H Segerstrom Concert Hall. The Chorale also appears as the chorus with concerts given by Pacific Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and others.
Budget  $1,250,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  Pacific Chorale continues to premiere new works to the concert-going public, keeping the chorale art alive and vibrant.
Program Long-Term Success  Pacific Chorale continues to expand its reach to OC audiences.
Program Success Monitored By  Pacific Chorale continues to canvass concert goers, donors and musicians to determine the effectiveness of our current programming
Examples of Program Success  Pacific Chorale has expanded its outreach to young audiences and disadvantaged children through its programming.


Special Events

Pacific Chorale organizes tailor-made education programs interwoven with major events such as premieres to give students and the public unique access to leading composers and artists.


Pacific Chorale's Choral Festival

This annual summer event unites singers from throughout the community with Pacific Chorale singers and alumni as well as distinguished guest artists in a free public performance.


Concert Previews

Insightful Concert Previews give audiences a richer understanding and deeper appreciation for the repertoire being performed.

Elliot and Kathleen Alexander Memorial Scholarship

Pacific Chorale awards the Elliot and Kathleen Alexander Memorial Scholarship annually to an outstanding choral conducting student at California State University, Fullerton.

Intro to the Arts

Since 1986, Intro to the Arts has enabled more than ten thousand high school choral music students to attend Pacific Chorale concerts free of charge.

Passage to the Arts

Through their innovative Passage to the Arts program, introduced in 1997, Pacific Chorale partners with local social service organizations to provide potentially transformational concert experiences to at-risk youth, people with disabilities and low-income families at no cost.

Pacific Chorale Academy

Initially targeted to Title I students in the 4th-6th grade in the Newport-Costa Mesa USD, Pacific Chorale Academy is based on Venezuela’s “El Sistema,” which envisions music as a vehicle for transforming the communities that support disadvantaged students. Music enables every child to feel important and connected, encouraging commitment and a strong work ethic as the group strives for excellence together. School, family and community involvement are integral to creating a nurturing environment that inspires students to explore their potential and take ownership of the results. The program was expanded to the Mariners School in Newport Beach, CA in October, 2015.

Budget  $100,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Cultural & Ethnic Awareness
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Elderly and/or Disabled At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 

Pacific Chorale was just awarded Chorus America's 2015 "Education and Community Engagement" Award, having been previously recognized by Chorus America in 1997 with their inaugural Educational Outreach Award for exemplary programs. Pacific Chorale also received the 2002 "Outstanding Contributions to Education Award", presented by the Orange County Department of Education.

Program Long-Term Success 

Central to Pacific Chorale's mission are its award-winning music education programs. Pacific Chorale intends to be a catalyst for the renaissance of choral art and music education. To accomplish that aim, Pacific Chorale has implemented many innovative, comprehensive opportunities for its current and future audiences to expand their appreciation of choral music and the creative process.

Program Success Monitored By 
• California Arts Council, which has said, "The education programs are exemplary, a model for other organizations to follow."
• Chorus America - awarded its 2015 "Education and Community Engagement" Award to Pacific Chorale
Examples of Program Success 

Pacific Chorale partners with:

•Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, Southern California

• Crittenton Services

• Human Options, Inc.

• New Alternatives, Inc.

• Orangewood Children's Home

• Taller San Jose

• AIDS Services Foundation

• Free Arts for Abused Children

• Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

• Rebuilding Together Orange County


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Elizabeth Pearson
CEO Term Start Apr 2013
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience
2002-2014 Laguna Beach, CA - City Council; 4-terms as Mayor
2011-2013 Laguna Playhouse - Director of Development
1994-2012  Adworx - Principal/CEO & President

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
-- -- --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Molly Buzick Pontin Director of Education & Community Programs --
Julian Leal Marketing & Development Assistant/Concierge --
Ryan McSweeney Director of Marketing & Box Office --
Cristy Seyler Director of Finance and Administration --
Brian Sullivan Director of Artistic Operations --


Award Awarding Organization Year
Education and Community Engagement Chorus America 2015
Alice Parker Award for Adventurous Programming ASCAP Chorus America 2005
Outstanding Contributions to Education Award Orange County Department of Education 2002
Outstanding Arts Organization - Music Arts Orange County 2001
Education Outreach Award (Inaugural National Award) Chorus America 1997
Margaret Hillis Achievement Award for Choral Excellence Chorus America 1993


Affiliation Year
-- --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


Pacific Symphony

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 7
Number of Part Time Staff 5
Number of Volunteers 240
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development No

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 12
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 5
Male: 9
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy --
Document Destruction Policy --
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 -- --

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Mrs. Mary Lyons
Board Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Chair Term July 2015 - June 2018
Board Co-Chair Mr. Tom Pridonoff
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term July 2018 -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Mr. David Bunker -- Voting
Dr. William Feaster Childrens Hospital Orange County Voting
Ms Karen Hagen First American Trust Voting
Mr Robert Harryman -- Voting
Mr Mark Hoover -- Voting
Valerie Imhof -- Voting
Janice Johnson -- Voting
Jan Landstrom -- Voting
Chris Lindley -- Voting
Susan Lindley -- Voting
Mary Lyons -- Voting
Rick McNeil -- Voting
Marcia O'Hern -- Voting
Ryan Owens -- Voting
Elizabeth Pearson -- Voting
Mr Thomas Pridonoff -- Voting
Ryan Ratcliff -- NonVoting
Mel Rogers -- Voting
Francine Scinto -- Voting
Michael Vantrease -- Voting
Vina Williams -- Voting
Mr. Charlie Zheng PickUp Stix Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 21
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 11
Male: 10
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Board Development / Board Orientation
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Education
  • Marketing
  • Nominating
  • Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $1,679,334 $1,652,351 $1,480,439
Total Expenses $1,694,786 $1,656,646 $1,793,192

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$952,828 $1,026,073 $739,689
Government Contributions $0 $0 $43,000
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $0 $43,000
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- $0 $0
Earned Revenue $508,699 $473,238 $500,421
Investment Income, Net of Losses $61,044 $0 $0
Membership Dues -- $0 $0
Special Events $156,763 $99,054 $166,692
Revenue In-Kind -- $0 $0
Other -- $-99,467 $-164,401

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $1,270,148 $1,285,372 $1,412,927
Administration Expense $204,968 $180,604 $229,312
Fundraising Expense $219,670 $190,670 $150,953
Payments to Affiliates -- $0 $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.99 1.00 0.83
Program Expense/Total Expenses 75% 78% 79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 20% 17% 16%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $1,901,272 $2,073,818 $2,068,106
Current Assets $286,422 $359,550 $256,515
Long-Term Liabilities $81,781 $88,844 $26,106
Current Liabilities $209,636 $251,297 $179,269
Total Net Assets $1,609,855 $1,733,677 $1,862,731

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 1.37 1.43 1.43

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 4% 4% 1%
Endowment Value $1,949,245.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments


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.


Other Documents

Letter of Support - Pomona Elementary School (2015)

No Other Documents currently available.