Arts, Culture, and Humanities

TRENTON CHILDRENS CHORUS

Making Music, Making Friends, Making a Difference

aka Trenton Children's Chorus, formerly a program of Princeton Outreach Projects 2002 - 2011

Trenton, NJ

Mission

To empower the academic, social and spiritual lives of children through artistry in music.

Ruling Year

2011

Executive Director

Kate Mulligan

Artistic Director

Patricia Thel

Main Address

471 Parkway Avenue

Trenton, NJ 08618 USA

Keywords

choir, choral music, music education, youth development, singing

EIN

45-2633120

 Number

4650522162

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Singing Choral (A6B)

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

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

In a city with a 33% drop out rate, Trenton Children's Chorus (TCC) demonstrates that teaching children and youth to make music transfers the essential tools for success in academic, social and workplace endeavors. The most tangible impact of participation in TCC is the fact that 100% of choristers who stay with the program through high school, graduate and go on to college. From music education and performance opportunities, to academic support, leadership training, mentoring, summer camp placement, and college scholarships, TCC leverages the transformative power of music to help children reach their full potential.

Our programs

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

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Trenton Children's Chorus

Trenton Youth Drum Circle

Youth Employment Training

Satellite Choirs

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Number of graduates enrolled in higher learning, university, or technical/vocational training

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

Trenton Children's Chorus

Context notes

In a city with a 33% drop out rate, for 29 years 100% of choristers who stay with TCC through high school, graduate and go on to college. In FY2018 5 seniors will graduate and go on to college.

Number of children who have access to education

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

Trenton Children's Chorus

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

Trenton Children's Chorus

Context notes

TCC provided more than $30,000 in scholarships for college tuition and music education.

Hours of tutoring administered

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

Trenton Children's Chorus

Context notes

TCC provides intensive academic support services totaling over 90 hours of tutoring to dozens of choristers each year.

Number of youth who demonstrate that they have developed a strong sense of self

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years)

Related program

Trenton Children's Chorus

Context notes

In 2017, TCC began measuring intended youth outcomes using pre- and post-surveys. Results indicated that 85% of choristers agreed that choir helped develop a strong sense of self.

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Intended Youth Outcomes TCC offers participants the life-changing experience of reaching new heights of achievement through the disciplines of rehearsal and performance. Our program is designed to help participants: • Appreciate the value of self-discipline and commitment to a goal, understanding success requires great personal investment. • Broaden their outlook on life, believing a wide range of possibilities are available to them. • Recognize the importance of community, valuing the support and friendship they receive from others and actively contributing talents and friendship to the group. • Build skills that promote future success and happiness, from personal presentation to college readiness to lifelong musical participation. • Enhance self-esteem, allowing success in Chorus inspire them to set ambitious goals for themselves. • Embrace the transformative joy of music, discovering the happiness and satisfaction that come from working with others to create something beautiful.

Goal #1: Establish the Trenton Children's Chorus as a prominent member of the community and a leader in musicianship Strategies 1. Cultivate collaborative community partnerships 2. Engage parents and alumni as valuable resources to strengthen and support TCC 3. Raise the level of musical artistry Goal # 2: Drive programmatic excellence through an increased focus on best practices, standards of excellence, and assessment methodology Strategies 1. Refine TCC's learning goals for academic, personal and musical growth 2. Expand access to existing TCC programs 3. Expand program offerings to increase educational opportunities and attract more youth 4. Continue to professionalize TCC staff training, development and assessment

• Passionate and committed staff members • Revitalized board • Development director with 20 years of experience • New strategic plan • Compelling mission • Significant support from funders setting the foundation for the deepening of impact and expansion of reach

Assessment of start of year/end of year core music skills for each choir/age level: terminology, timing, intonation and performance readiness. Evaluation of performances by choir directors and accompanists. Satellite choir members are assessed by the Supervisor of Data and a private Arts Education Assessment Consultant, who tracks students who have received extracurricular music training and logs the data into the school districts' main database. Parent, student, alumni and community feedback, response and support.

Board Twelve members deeply engaged in committee work, fundraising and personal giving. 100% of the Board contributes financially to TCC. Staff TCC has transitioned to a seasoned and professional staff, including an Artistic Director, Executive Director, Director of Development, Operations Manager, Choir Manager, Financial Manager, Choir Directors, Small Ensemble Director, Learning Academy Director, and Accompanists. The professionalization process has resulted in a more efficient organization with improved sustainability. What's Next? A deeper experience for the 100+ children participating in the core after-school program that includes high-value performances, ongoing educational support, and the very best in choral music education, and collaborative performances with area adult and youth choirs.

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Financials

TRENTON CHILDRENS CHORUS

Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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?

No

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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