BLACK PEARL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA INC

Many cultures, one Pearl

Philadelphia, PA   |  www.blackpearlco.org

Mission

Based in Philadelphia, the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra was established as a model for the 21st-century American orchestra. Described by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “first-class on every level,” Black Pearl's musicians have been trained at leading music conservatories around the globe including the Curtis Institute, the Juilliard School, and the Peabody Institute among others. Founded by award-winning Artistic Director Jeri Lynne Johnson, Black Pearl’s mission is to take the audience beyond spectatorship to participation in the musical experience by combining artistic excellence with cultural diversity and innovative community engagement. In recognition of its world-class performance quality, Black Pearl has received numerous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Ruling year info

2008

Founder and Artistic Director

Ms. Jeri Lynne Johnson

Main address

30 South 15th Street 15th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19102 USA

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EIN

83-0499281

NTEE code info

Symphony Orchestras (A69)

Management & Technical Assistance (J02)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Programs and results

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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?

Orchestrating Leadership

Orchestrating Leadership is a unique after-school music and leadership-training program that gradually introduces under-served students in grades 6-12 in urban Philadelphia to classical music while using the art of conducting to develop their public speaking, verbal and non-verbal communication skills- improve posture, demeanor, behavior and school attendance- a set of skills known as "executive functioning skills”

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

iConduct! is an adaptable audience engagement initiative for kids through adults that provides volunteers the opportunity to receive a mini-conducting lesson on stage with live musicians. Annually, this program reaches approximately 500 community members.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Open Rehearsal Series is a program offered in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia that opens the doors to working professional BPCO rehearsals to Philadelphia’s Elementary, Middle and High School students in low income neighborhoods. These students are then invited to attend the related BPCO concert through sponsored ticket programs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Orchestrating Leadership -Corporate is a powerful resource for developing leadership for adults. Using the conductor’s podium as a heuristic device, Maestro Jeri Lynne Johnson and Black Pearl take a distinctive approach to helping executives and employees develop a more authoritative, versatile, creative, authentic and holistic approach to leadership.

The program is also a highly engaging platform for facilitating the creative process in your organization to unearth and demonstrate new strategies to address a wide range of technical, operational and cultural challenges faced by organizations

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

2018 PNC Arts Alive Award for Arts Innovation in honor of Peggy Amsterdam 2018

Arts and Business Council of Greater Philadelphia

Knight Arts Challenge Award 2013

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Arts Challenge Award 2012

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Knight Arts Challenge Award 2011

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Challenge America Grant 2019

National Endowment for the Arts

Challenge America Grant 2018

National Endowment for the Arts

Creative Communities Grant 2020

William Penn Foundation

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

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

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BLACK PEARL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA INC

Board of directors
as of 09/05/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kim Fraites-Dow

Girl Schouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania

Term: 2021 - 2024

Larry Williams

American Studio Orchestra

Raye Johnson

Axum Advisors, LLC

Jeri Johnson

Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra

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 ? No
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/19/2020

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

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/19/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 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 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.