Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra

Partnering to Provide String Music Education to All Youth

Wake Forest, NC   |  www.wfcyo.org

Mission

WFCYO’s mission is to provide expert orchestral instruction and instrumental access to Pre-K through 12th grade youth, especially in underserved and rural communities.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

LaSaundra Booth

Main address

PO Box 243

Wake Forest, NC 27588 USA

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EIN

47-1783414

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Research finds that orchestra music is in danger of disappearing, especially in rural communities where students have little to no access to learn or perform orchestra music. Participation in instrumental music has been linked with higher standardized test scores, higher graduation rates, and higher achievement in school. The problem is that the lack of public school string orchestra programs in rural and underserved communities makes it difficult for students to receive the academic, social, and emotional benefits from participation in music programs like string orchestra. The Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra offers a solution to the problem by providing access to instruments and expert orchestral training to youth in rural and underserved communities. Our findings support existing existing literature that getting kids involved early in orchestra help them to build self-confidence, improve academically, and see themselves as vital members of their school and community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Begining Orchestra

Beginning students (ages 3-7) are introduced to note reading, pitch recognition, as well as counting notation. Emphasis is placed on correct posture, technique, and tone development on open strings. Method Books include a mixture of Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements 2000 Book I, Suzuki Book I, and folk songs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Artists and performers

Intermediate students (ages 8-12) develop skills necessary to read parts independently and make music as a group. Emphasis is placed on correct technique & posture, note reading, and pitch and rhythmic accuracy. Method Books include a review of Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements 2000 Book I, Suzuki Book I, and Grade I music literature.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Artists and performers

Advanced students (ages 13+) are experienced players who explore jazz theory, improvisation, contrasting dynamics, and perform music in mixed meters. Emphasis is placed on chamber music, performance etiquet, tone, and musicianship. Advanced students are featured as soloists and peer coaches. Repertoire for Advanced students includes a mixture of popular, contemporary, and classical Grade III-IV literature.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Artists and performers

Pre-K through 4th graders were introduction to posture, technique, and musicianship. Students
demonstrated what they learned by performing a mini-concert of open string repertoire with the bow.
Rising 6 -12 graders improved tone production, instrumental technique, sight reading, and musical expression.

Students demonstrated mastery of skill by performing a mini-concert of classical and contemporary musical selections at the end of each week.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Artists and performers

Beginning students are introduced to note reading, pitch recognition, as well as counting notation. Emphasis is placed on correct posture, technique, and tone development on open strings. Method Books include a mixture of Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements 2000 Book I, Suzuki Book I, and folk songs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Beginning students are introduced to note reading, pitch recognition, as well as counting notation. Emphasis is placed on correct posture, technique, and tone development on open strings. Method Books include a mixture of Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements 2000 Book I, Suzuki Book I, and folk songs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Beginning students are introduced to note reading, pitch recognition, as well as counting notation. Emphasis is placed on correct posture, technique, and tone development on open strings. Method Books include a mixture of Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements 2000 Book I, Suzuki Book I, and folk songs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Artists and performers

Beginning students are introduced to note reading, pitch recognition, as well as counting notation. Emphasis is placed on correct posture, technique, and tone development on open strings. Method Books include a mixture of Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements 2000 Book I, Suzuki Book I, and folk songs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Artists and performers

Beginning students are introduced to note reading, pitch recognition, as well as counting notation. Emphasis is placed on correct posture, technique, and tone development on open strings. Method Books include a mixture of Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements 2000 Book I, Suzuki Book I, and folk songs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Artists and performers

Beginning students (ages 3-7) will be introduced to note reading, pitch recognition, as well as counting notation. Emphasis will be placed on correct posture, technique, and tone development on open strings. Method Books include a mixture of Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements 2000 Book I, Suzuki Book I, and folk songs.

Intermediate students (ages 8-12) will develop skills necessary to read parts independently and make music as a group. Emphasis will be placed on correct technique & posture, note reading, and pitch and rhythmic accuracy. Method Books include a review of Hal Leonard’s Essential Elements 2000 Book I, Suzuki Book I, and Grade I music literature.

Advanced students (ages 13+) will be experienced players who explore jazz theory, improvisation, contrasting dynamics, and perform music in mixed meters. Emphasis will be placed on chamber music, performance etiquette, tone, and musicianship. Advanced students are featured as soloists and peer coaches. Repertoire for Advanced students includes a mixture of popular, contemporary, and classical Grade III-IV literature.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of free participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Infants and toddlers, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Participants that have been provided tuition assistance for field trips.

Total number of free admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults, Seniors

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Percent of admission to concerts, performance, or other events.

Number of teachers retained after 12 months

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Terms of percentage

Total number of free performances given

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to covid-19, all concerts were virtual except 2.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Percentage of groups benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided.

Number of students at or above a 90% attendance rate

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Percentage of enrolled students with 90% attendance rate.

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Percentage of students engaged in programs.

Number of youth receiving services (e.g., groups, skills and job training, etc.) with youths living in their community

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Percentage of youth enrolled in WFCYO programs receiving services with youths living in their community

Number of individuals applying skills learned through the organization's training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of individuals applying skills learned through organizations training.

Number of community events or trainings held and attendance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number reflects total number of audience members served from performances at concerts, community events, and festivals. Numbers were lower due to covid-19 restrictions.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

The mission of the Wake Forest Community Orchestra WFCYO's mission is to provide expert orchestral instruction and instrumental access to Pre-K through 12th grade youth, especially in underserved and rural communities. The Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra has three measurable program goals that align with the organization's mission statement. Goal 1: To provide 100% of our participants with an affordable, diverse, and comprehensive instrumental music education within the community. Goal 2: To positively impact 100% of our participants, their families and the communities in which we serve. Goal 3: To ensure that at least 80% of participants demonstrate mastery of the NC Essential Standards for Music Education including music literacy, musical response, and contextual relevancy according to their grade.

The programs are the vehicle through which the mission of the organization is achieved. We will know if the program is successful if we have met all three of our program goals by the year. For goal one, we maintain a strict eligibility criteria for our teaching staff and guest teaching artist. All teaching artists must have either a teaching license, master's degree in music education or performance, or a combination of experience and education to ensure that they are experts within the field. We carefully select a diverse array of repertoire that will challenge students as well as increase their musicianship. For goal two, we not only try to reach our participants, but we are committed to being a good neighbor in the community. We volunteer at the local senior living centers as well as provide food and school supplies each summer to Pre-K through 12th grade students each summer. For goal three, we measure success by the NC Essential Standards for Music Education. The NC Essential Standards provide a guideline as to what skills students should know and be able to do within a developmentally appropriate range. By using the NC Essential Standards as our tool of measurement for goal three, we are able to provide a program with clear goals and objectives to ensure that students meet NC State requirements for their grade level by the end of each session. By ensuring that students meet their expected growth, we are able to reinforce our overall mission and program goals.

The Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra is a 501 (c)3 not for profit organization that has a proven model of success in providing Pre-K through 12th grade arts education programs. All instructors have advanced degrees in Music Education, as well as over 16 years of teaching experience. Our Board of Directors are not only leaders within the organization, but leaders within their corporate organizations as well. The Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra has proven that we are capable of providing expert string instruction to Pre-K through 12th grade youth in rural and underserved communities.

The Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra started with three students in the summer of 2014. By the end of the first season, we were able to provide instruments and instruction to over 36 students in the Wake Forest community. Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra students have performed for the North Carolina Symphony Ovations program, The Town of Wake Forest Meet in the Street Festival, The Wake Forest Renaissance Center, Carowinds (NC), Bush Gardens (VA), and Kings Dominion (VA). The group is currently planning a trip to perform in Hawaii in 2021. Currently, Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra serves 300 students across three counties including, Wake, Durham, and Vance County. No student is turned away for lack of an instrument or inability to pay. We have provided tuition assistance and free instruments for over 100 families in need. We provide every high school senior enrolled within our program with a college scholarship. We have a 100% high school graduation rate, with all of our music students attending college.

Financials

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Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra

Board of directors
as of 12/1/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jesse Suggs, Jr

Guilford County Public Schools, Retired

Term: 2016 - 2018

Grey Shelton

Project Manager

Andrew Markoch

Director of Fine Arts & Innovation, Vance County Schools

Shereepha Johnson

United States Postal Service, Assistant Branch Manager, Zebulon, N.C.

Jessie Suggs Jr.

Guilford County Public Schools, Retired

Shelia Brown

Wake Forest Community Youth Orchestra

Tonya Suggs

Certified Music Teacher, Wake County Public Schools

LaSaundra Booth

Certified Music Teacher, Wake County Public Schools

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/05/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/08/2020

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.