DESERT COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA ASSOCIATION

aka DCOA   |   Ridgecrest, CA   |  www.desertcommunityorchestra.weebly.com

Mission

DCOA has three main objectives. The first is to offer the Indian Wells Valley (IWV) community a choice in music performance. Our orchestra is composed of unpaid musicians of all ages. We offer the opportunity for musicians to play in a symphonic orchestra led by a conductor. Our second objective is to give youth the experience to play in a symphonic orchestra. Our Young Artist concert affords young artists the opportunity by a competition to perform a movement from a concerto with the orchestra. The third objective is to give music scholarships through a competition. A panel of judges composed of local musicians, screens applicants ranking them for our committee which chooses one or more recipients of music scholarships which may be spent in any way to further their musical education.

Notes from the nonprofit

A free pops concert was presented on September 25, 2021 featuring patriotic music selections. The DCO Holiday Concert on Dec 11, 2021 featured the DCO and favorite local musical group, Grace Lutheran Handbell Choir. The DCO spring concert in March has been cancelled due to Omicron Covid concerns. The DCO hopes to be able to perform the 2022 Young Artist Soloists as our final May concert. It will depend on the pandemic situation.

Ruling year info

1968

Principal Officer

Mrs. Lisa Austin

Vice President

Ms. Penny Belt

Main address

PO Box 1988

Ridgecrest, CA 93555 USA

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EIN

95-2549022

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Citizen Participation (W24)

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

DCOA has three main objectives. The first is to offer the Indian Wells Valley (IWV) community a choice in music performance. Our second objective is to give all interested community members and to particularly encourage the youth to experience performing in a symphonic orchestra. The third objective is to give music scholarships to the youth of the community through judged competition.

Our programs

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

DCO Concerts

The DCO presents 5 seasonal concerts that are presented in Ridgecrest and serves the entire Indian Wells Valley and outlying communities of Trona, Tehachapi, Bakersfield, Independence, Bishop and Lancaster, with audience attendance (2000 per season). Management and support involves fundraising, publicity, music purchase and rental, support of professional guest artists, direct concert support and contracting with the Music Director. The DCO is an ensemble of around 55 musicians that provides local residents with opportunities to experience live performances of a professionally conducted orchestra and provides local musicians of all ages opportunities to participate in orchestral music-making as members of the orchestra and as soloists. All, ages, from children to adult, gender, ethnicity, socio-economic groups, persons with disabilities and sexual orientation are encouraged and welcome to perform as orchestra members and soloists and or become volunteers to support the orchestra, and the youth programs or just be audience members to enjoy the musical arts being presented.Local community groups that have performed with the orchestra include actors, singers, dancers, hand bell choir, vocal choirs, deaf signing choir, and over 50 young Suzuki string players. A professional guest artist usually performs with the DCO in the spring concert. Directly tied to the concert programs is the local outreach in support of music education which involves administration of the annual Young Artist Competition in which talented, young local musicians are selected to perform as soloists with the DCO at the final concert of the year and the preparation for the Young Person's Concert (YPC). The YPC concert is attended by the invited students, kindergarten through eighth grade, from the Sierra Sands Unified School District and home schooled students and is structured to help educate students on the music being performed as well as future encouragement to even younger community members.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

The Peter Pinto Memorial Scholarship, named for a former local pediatrician and DCO member, is designed to provide college financial assistance for high school graduates under the age of 22 who are planning to continue their music education in instrumental or vocal music (performance, conducting, teaching, composing or therapy). The applicant need not be (or planning to be) a music major. The Peter Pinto Memorial Scholarship is made on the basis of a formal application, interview and audition and the DCOA board decides to give one or more awards to deserving applicants based on their musical performance and goals, school and community involvement.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

Awards

KernArts Now! Fund of Kern Community Foundation Grant Award 2011

Kern Community Foundation

Kern Community Foundation Live! Grant Award 2013

Kern Community Foundation

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 2005

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

Top 4 Goals :
Maintain and improve orchestra performances with a high quality and diverse selection of music that continues to include local and professional participation to the greater enjoyment of the community with increased audience attendance.
Continue to have exceptional local young artists perform with the orchestra and give then encouragement and support to strive and grow and to inspire others.
Be able to support more in music scholarships to the youth of the community to encourage them to continue their musical education and the love of musical arts.
Continue to host a wide range of professional guest artists to perform with the orchestra. The community gets to experience professional performances not readily available in this remote region at a generous low cost to them.

While we are primarily a symphonic orchestra, we give a "Pops" concert to open our season followed by a seasonal "Christmas" concert. Those concerts are followed by two symphonic concerts, the last being our Young Artists concert. Our orchestra is composed of unpaid musicians of all ages. We offer the opportunity for musicians to play in a symphonic orchestra led by a conductor.
Our Young Artist concert affords young artists the opportunity by a competition to perform a movement from a concerto with the orchestra before a live audience.
A panel of judges composed of local musicians, screens applicants ranking them for our committee which chooses one or more recipients of music scholarships which may be spent in any way to further their musical education.

The orchestra currently performs 5 concerts a year starting in the fall with a free outdoor “Pops” concert, sometimes with professional guest artists or local talent as a gift to the community. Three other concerts have an admission fee to raise funding. The orchestra performs a widely varied holiday – themed concert during the Christmas season inviting a large number of participants from the community and occasionally professional guest artists. A spring concert brings in a highlighted professional or local guest artists to perform with the orchestra. The season is ended with its Young Artist’s Concert, which highlights the local talented young musicians. These same soloists perform in a freely provided concert to the local youth of the community. Orchestra members are asked, but not required to pay a modest tuition fee. Others in the community volunteer their time, effort, equipment and funding to support the operating costs of the orchestra and its support of the community youth.

The DCO has been a community asset for over 50 years when a small group of musicians formed a group in 1958 who were interested in playing serious music. The orchestra has grown through the years gaining in experience and caliber by including greater community participation and guest artists and professional quality music. The ability of the self sustained orchestra to provide further education, culture and appreciation to everyone particularly the youth through performances and scholarships is the greatest gift to the community which the DCO is determined to continue well into the future. The DCO will continue to fulfill the cultural needs of the community by contributing to their musical and aesthetic artistic appreciation and also encourage residents of the area, particularly youth to learn to play orchestral instruments and music for their own education, self expression and enjoyment.

How we listen

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  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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DESERT COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA ASSOCIATION

Board of directors
as of 02/24/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Lisa Austin

Board President

Term: 2021 - 2022


Board co-chair

Ms. Penny Belt

Board Vice President

Term: 2021 - 2022

Lisa Austin

President and Personnel Orchestra Manager

Penny Belt

Vice President

Michelle Duncan

Board Treasurer

Matthew Williams

Secretary

Joanne Freeman

Community Volunteer

Clint Freeman

Community Volunteer

Kim Washburn

Community Volunteer

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? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • 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 2/24/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/01/2020

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Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.