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Phoenix Boys Choir

The only Grammy Award-winning boys organization that develops character, discipline, leadership and global awareness through the power of music.

aka Phoenix Boys Choir Association   |   Phoenix, AZ   |  www.boyschoir.org

Mission

The Phoenix Boys Choir, through educating boys in the art of singing and performing the finest music in the boy choir tradition, develops character, discipline, leadership, global awareness, and a strong commitment to excellence, there by contributing to the greater phoenix musical life and enhancing Arizona's cultural reputation nationally and internationally.

Notes from the nonprofit

Throughout the first half of 2021, we made a number of significant innovations to our virtual 20-21 Season. We were able to make investments to create our car choir innovation. Suddenly, after virtual rehearsals for 9 months, our choristers were able to rehearse together in our parking lot, from the safety of their own cars. We used existing technology, allowing our choristers and conductors to make music together again. The innovation was used for recording audio for our last two virtual concerts of our Season, "A Blueprint for Peace." Watch our four season concerts for free on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/PhoenixBoysChoir. During the pandemic we have seen demand for financial aid grow faster than any other time in the choir’s history. We believe that no boy should be turned away from the PBC due to an inability to pay. Our 21-22 Season: Reunited in Song allowed us to return to in-person rehearsals and concerts. We are thrilled to be back!

Ruling year info

1971

Artistic Director

Herbert Washington

Executive Director

Mitra Khazai

Main address

1131 E Missouri Ave

Phoenix, AZ 85014 USA

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EIN

86-0256421

NTEE code info

(Singing Choral) (A6B)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Tour Choir

Advanced Level

Skills: Must have performed at least one season with the Town Choir and exhibit the following skills: Fluent sight-singing and independent part-singing, a resonant and flexible tone, additional part-singing in small ensembles, solos, perform with a full orchestra, professional stage presence, readiness for a demanding rehearsal and performance schedule, exemplary conduct at all times.

Rehearsals: Tuesday evenings, Saturday mornings (varies with an average of 4-6 hours per week)

Camp: 6-day/5-night away Summer Camp

Tour: Participate in an international or domestic summer tour of 2-3 weeks

Population(s) Served
Men and boys
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

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Holding steady

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Holding steady

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Increasing

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Increasing

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Since 1947, the Grammy-award winning Phoenix Boys Choir has provided choral music training, education, performance opportunities and learning experiences that instill excellent musicianship and critical values in young people. Our program develops responsible, caring, creative young people who will be our future leaders and citizens endowed with a passion for the performing arts and community.

As a choral music organization, we have severely impacted by the pandemic in our ability to recruit new choristers. Our current goals for our 2022-2023 Season:

Goal One: Expand the diversity of the choristers we serve, by improving accessibility and inclusivity, to ensure the Phoenix Boys Choir is an authentic reflection of the community we serve.

Goal Two: Reach a larger audience, by singing music representative of the wide breadth of repertoire and experiences at high standards of artistic expression and through technological advances.

Goal Three: Develop sustainable funding mix supported by appropriate staffing and skill sets.

Goal One: Expand the diversity of the choristers we serve, by improving accessibility and inclusivity, to ensure the Phoenix Boys Choir is an authentic reflection of the community we serve.

In order to achieve this goal we have worked with our community to identify barriers to participation in the Phoenix Boys Choir. As a result, financial aid information is more transparent and provided in the recruitment process, so families know up front about the availability of financial aid, so it can factor into their decision to join the choir. In addition, we have created marketing materials in English and Spanish and have worked with Spanish language radio and print media to feature interviews in Spanish with our choristers. We are reaching out to a greater variety of school districts and schools, to reach a more diverse audience. Finally we are working in two school districts with a diverse populations of students to provide culturally inclusive choral music in the classroom, during the school day, to ensure everyday student understands that choral music is for everyone. Afterschool Phoenix Boys Choir neighborhood choir programs will then be created at these schools.

Goal Two: Reach a larger audience, by singing music representative of the wide breadth of repertoire and experiences at high standards of artistic expression and through technological advances.

We are working to seed the next generation of youth choral music repertoire. Through our inaugural New Works Rising: Choral Composition Competition we received 92 submissions and selected the top three works that will premiere during our 2022-2023 Season. Our Artistic Director, Herbert Washington seeks out a wider range of repertoire than the Phoenix Boys Choir has traditionally performed. That includes working with artists to create choral arrangements of new music to bringing in Jim Papoulis, a world-renowned composer, to work with our choristers in August 2022 to create a piece of repertoire that reflects their own voices and ideas, which will also premiere this season.

Goal Three: Develop sustainable funding mix supported by appropriate staffing and skill sets.

The Phoenix Boys Choir received an ATLAS Program grant from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust to work on capacity development. As part of this program, we have a consultant who is working with us on governing board development, appropriate staffing assessment and marketing and recruitment. Recruitment of more choristers will result in higher earned revenues. Expanded marketing and development staff will support increased contributed revenue from individuals, along with corporate and foundation grants.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Phoenix Boys Choir

Board of directors
as of 10/14/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Cheryl McNeil

Rabbit Canyon Designs, LLC

Term: 2021 - 2022

Ryan Stevens

City of Phoenix

Kate Merolo

Carpenter, Hazlewood, Delgado & Bolen, LLP

Karen Peterson

Sequoia Choice Arizona Distance Learning

Alex Walsh

The Walsh Corporation

Mark Deatherage

Mark Deatherage Law Offices

Stephen Neal

Riverside Elementary School District

Brandi Reynolds

RENCO Roofing

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/14/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Middle Eastern
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/01/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.