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Harborlites Chorus

 1010 Delaware
 Huntington Beach, CA 92648
[P] (714) 969-7087
[F] --
[email protected]
Marcia Bosma
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Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 95-6100530 00001


Mission StatementMORE »

Harborlites' mission is to be an exciting award-winning chorus performing four-part harmony, barbershop style. We are committed to the highest standards of musical excellence, education, personal growth and the magic we create in every captivating performance.      

Mission Statement

Harborlites' mission is to be an exciting award-winning chorus performing four-part harmony, barbershop style. We are committed to the highest standards of musical excellence, education, personal growth and the magic we create in every captivating performance.      

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $128,195.00
Projected Revenue $103,914.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Diva Day

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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Mission Statement

Harborlites' mission is to be an exciting award-winning chorus performing four-part harmony, barbershop style. We are committed to the highest standards of musical excellence, education, personal growth and the magic we create in every captivating performance.      

Background Statement

The Harborlites chorus is a women's a cappella show chorus that performs a rich combination of all-American favorites. Chartered in 1960 as a member of Sweet Adelines International, our mission is to perform and preserve the American folk art of singing four-part harmony, barbershop style and to expand our scope of influence in Orange County, Southern California and beyond through education, youth mentoring, public performance and competition. Our current membership is 100 plus singers ranging in age from 15 to 80. As a "performing arts" organization we are committed to musical excellence and education through rehearsal, performance and competition.

Our 55 years of experience in the field of barbershop choral performance led the chorus to its first International Chorus Championship in October 2004.  We have since won a second gold medal, a silver and two bronze in International competition.  We also hold numerous first place Regional medals. Harborlites has a solid reputation around the world as a premier women's a cappella show chorus and it leadership is sought after for educational assistance and inspiration in areas of both music and administration.

What sets Harborlites apart from other choruses is our musicality, produced with a dynamic and energetic visual performance and supported by expressive, passionate delivery.  Harborlites is truly committed to the education and personal growth of women of all ages, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.  We continue to work toward becoming well known in the arts communities of Southern California and are dedicated to serving the broad Southern California community through performance and community outreach opportunities. 

Impact Statement

Harborlites Chorus is an award winning, internationally renowned chorus.  In 2016, Harborlites earned the bronze medal in the International Sweet Adelines competition, becoming the third best chorus in the world.
For 2017, Harborlites is the Second Place Chorus in Region 21 and, with the second highest score in the organization, will go on to compete in the Sweet Adelines International Competition in October of 2018.

Harborlites earned the International Gold Medal in both 2007 and 2004.

We have produced our 12th annual Young Women in Harmony "Diva Day" Festival for high school choral singers introducing more than 200 singers to the joys of singing and performing this American art form. 
 We provide entertainment to local groups on an as requested basis. For example, we sang at the Philharmonic Society Cruise of Lights in Huntington Harbour.

Needs Statement

The most pressing need for Harborlites Chorus is the need for more charitable contributions.  Harborlites in unique in that EVERY member makes monthly contributions to support the chorus, in addition to funds raised to support special programs.  Our annual budget is approximately $100,000 and our members participate in a number of fundraisers throughout the year to ensure that we are well funded. 
Fundraising events include an annual golf tournament, garage sales, the annual show and various other events.  More information can be found about these activities on our website, which is
We are always looking for additional volunteers and funding to assist with Diva Day, our annual educational program for high school girls.  Visit our website for more information. 

CEO Statement

Harborlites Chorus is a truly unique, all women's a capella, 4 part harmony chorus, singing in the barbershop style. We perform competitively in our region and internationally. 100 women, who all love to sing gather weekly to perfect the art of singing our best in the barbershop style.
We are a 100% volunteer organization, with a focus on furthering the art form and educating young singers. Our signature annual project is Diva Day, a Young Women In Harmony Festival event. Hundreds of high school girls, in partnership with local high schools and music directors spend a full 12 hour day learning the barbershop style and then perform for a live audience. With the budget cuts in the arts for schools, Diva Day provides a valuable musical education day for the singers of tomorrow.
We love visitors at Harborlites! Come visit our chorus on Monday evenings from 7 pm to 10 pm at St. Peter's By the Sea in Huntington Beach. We will welcome you with song!

Board Chair Statement

Harborlites Chorus is an internationally renowned Sweet Adelines chorus. With two International Gold Medals, members of the chorus are incredibly dedicated and hard working. As an all volunteer organization, our Board of Directors handles all of the administrative responsibilities.
Our biggest challenge is fundraising. With an ever growing number of members of our chorus, educational programs, performances and costuming represent the largest portion of our annual budget. We host a number of fundraising events each year, including our annual show, golf tournament, garage sales and more. With 100% of our members making charitable contributions, we still rely on the benevolence of others, who see the beauty in acapella music. Contributions of all amounts are welcomed and truly appreciated.

Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

There are many ways to support the musical education programs of Harborlites Chorus!  Buy tickets to the Annual Show, held in the fall of each year and enjoy great barbershop harmony!  Show ticket information can be found at Support our Young Women in Harmony Festival held the first Saturday in February at Orange Coast College where more than 200 high school young women learn and perform the American art form of a cappella singing in the barbershop style.            

Geographic Area Served

Central Orange County
West Orange County
South Orange County
North Orange County
Although our chorus is located in Orange County, our membership comes from the counties of Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino.  Our youth festival outreach program (Diva Day) has participants from high schools throughout Orange County.

Organization Categories

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



Diva Day

Diva Day is Harborlites Chorus' annual education day for high school aged girls.  This educational day is part of the Young Women in Harmony Festival, an international movement throughout Sweet Adelines International.  In partnership with the Southern California Vocal Association, each February, high school girls from schools throughout Orange County participate in a day full of musical education.  The young women also perform for a live audience at the end of the day.  Because the mission of Harborlites Chorus is to promote the art of barbershop singing, this program is designed to not only assist the youth to become better singers, but also to instill in them an appreciation for a capella four part harmony.  Diva Day also nurtures and assists high school choral directors in teaching an utilizing of this musical art form in their choral music programs.

The educational program features an expert clinician each year.  In 2016, our clinician was Jennifer Cooke, a member of Sweet Adelines International and also a member of the International Board of Directors.   2017 was the 12th Annual Diva Day, which has provided musical education to over 2,400 young girls since its inception. 

Budget  $15,000.00
Category  Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Instruction
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Females
Program Short-Term Success 

 100% of the participants will increase their knowledge of acapella singing, and develop a deeper appreciation of the barbershop style. 

At least four quartets or double quartets from participating high schools will perform for their peers and have an opportunity to appear on the evening show.

Provide funding for at least 40 scholarships for deserving students to attend and participate in Diva Day. 
Program Long-Term Success  The long term successes of Diva Day include both increased musical education and appreciation of acapella four part harmony.  Studies have shown that music education greatly enhances participants performance in math.  Historically, young women have underperformed in mathematics, as compared to their male counterparts.  This is documented in a study called "The Mozart Effect."  Participation is musical education programs, specifically Diva Day, will assist girls with  attaining their educational goals in mathematics. 
Program Success Monitored By 
Examples of Program Success  Diva Day is focused on high school age girls.  Harborlites is pleased to have welcomed a number of young women who were originally participants of Diva Day as regular members of Harborlites Chorus as they became adults.  Each of these women will say that they developed their love of four part harmony in the barbershop style at Diva Day while they were in high school.  These young women now serve as volunteers at Diva Day, providing music education to girls, just like another woman did for them years ago. 


CEO/Executive Director Ms Elaine Braack
CEO Term Start May 2017
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Elaine Braack has been a member of Harborlites Chorus and Sweet Adelines International for over 20 years.  Ms. Braack has served in various roles on the Board of Directors, including Public Relations Coordinator and Performance Coordinator. In addition to being a member of the Music Committee, she currently serves as President of the Board.

Professionally, Ms. Bell was a middle school teacher for 32 years, teaching math and physical education.  She is now retired from teaching and devotes much of her free time to the art of barbershop singing with Harborlites Chorus.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Ms. Carol Bell May 2013 Apr 2017
Mrs Sally Malinowski May 2011 Apr 2013

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Award Awarding Organization Year
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Affiliation Year
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External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Harborlites Chorus is an active chapter of Sweet Adelines International.  Harborlites maintains its programs per the standards of Sweet Adelines International.  Training and development is provided by SAI, and board members and members of the chorus regularly participate in these programs.

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 0
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 90
Number of Contract Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

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

Plans & Policies

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

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency No N/A

Government Licenses


CEO Comments

Harborlites Chiporus is an all volunteer organization. We do not have paid staff, rather our Director receives a small stipend for her services. The chorus is thrilled to have Pam Pieson as our volunteer Director. Pam is a Master 700 Director through Sweet Adelines International, and sang lead in the International Championship Quartet Panache. Pam is a sought after coach and musical educator.

Foundation Comments



Board Chair Ms Elaine Braack
Board Chair Company Affiliation Member
Board Chair Term May 2017 - Apr 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term May - Apr

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ms. Marcia Bosma Member Voting
Ms Elaine Braack Member Voting
Mrs. Cindy Chrispell Member Voting
Ms. Janel Clemmons Member Voting
Ms. Courtney Crowe Member Voting
Mrs Carol Krenek Member Voting
Mrs. Lara Loper Member Voting
Mrs. Sally McKenzie Member Voting
Mrs. Debbie Myers Member Voting
Mrs. Tina Post Member Voting
Ms. Mandi Strelow Burch Member Voting
Ms. Connie Waldram Member Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

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

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 95%
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


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Audit
  • By-laws
  • Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
  • Community Outreach / Community Relations
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Marketing
  • Membership
  • Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
  • Youth


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Fiscal Year May 01, 2017 to Apr 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $103,914.00
Projected Expenses $128,195.00
Form 990s

2015 2015 Harborlites Form 990

2014 Harborlites 2014 990

2013 Harborlites 2013 Tax Return

2012 Harborlites 990 2012

2011 2011 Harborlites Tax Return

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Revenue $164,104 $155,613 $118,150
Total Expenses $180,962 $113,660 $158,667

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$16,589 $23,714 $16,052
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue -- -- --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- -- --
Membership Dues $46,381 $44,111 $30,692
Special Events $41,813 $49,342 $28,188
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $59,321 $38,446 $43,218

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Program Expense $149,409 $84,948 $130,455
Administration Expense $28,878 $27,212 $27,270
Fundraising Expense $2,675 $1,500 $942
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.91 1.37 0.74
Program Expense/Total Expenses 83% 75% 82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 5% 2% 2%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Total Assets $27,759 $44,617 $2,664
Current Assets $27,759 $44,617 $2,664
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities -- -- --
Total Net Assets $27,759 $44,617 $2,664

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities inf inf inf

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2015 2014 2013
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value --
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? No

CEO Comments

Harborlites Chorus is on a two-year cycle of competing internationally (competition years are much more expensive).  We will compete next year, and this year we need to do more than half of the fundraising for the more expensive competition year.  That is why our budget indicates a surplus of income vs. expenses for the current year.
Additionally, because the typical size of our annual budget is approximately $100,000, it is not required or feasible to conduct an annual full audit or financial review. However, several members of the chorus have tax and accounting backgrounds, and an annual review is conducted by a volunteer committee.

Foundation Comments

Harborlites Chorus is a local chapter of Sweet Adeline International. Summary financial data is per the local organization's Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.


Other Documents

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