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Pacific Symphony Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 10/16/2014: Pacific Symphony

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 11/10/2014: PACIFIC SYMPHONY

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AKA  Pacific Symphony Association
Santa Ana, CA
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Pacific Symphony Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 10/16/2014: Pacific Symphony

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 11/10/2014: PACIFIC SYMPHONY

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Also Known As: Pacific Symphony Association
Physical Address: Santa Ana, CA 92704 8908
EIN: 95-3635496
Web URL: www.pacificsymphony.org 
NTEE Category: A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A68 Music
B Educational Institutions
B20 Elementary, Secondary Ed
A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A25 Arts Education/Schools
Ruling Year: 1982 


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Mission Statement

Pacific Symphony's primary mission is to enrich the human spirit through superior performances of symphonic music and impactful community engagement.

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John Forsyte

Term:

Since 1998

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John E. Forsyte has led the Pacific Symphony -- one of the nation's fastest growing orchestral institutions -- since May, 1998. During his tenure, the Pacific Symphony's budget has grown by over 200% while remaining balanced each year. Its current budget stands at over $19 million.Under John's leadership, the Symphony has enjoyed a 400% increase in contributed and an additional $18 million pledged to its endowment during this same period. Artistically, the orchestra has launched two new concert series, an American Composers Festival and offered American Composers Competitions. In 2009, the Symphony was awarded its first major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish new audience engagement practices. As a result, a three concert Music Unwound series was established. In 2010, the Symphony was showcased by the League of American Orchestras as one America's most innovative orchestras for its efforts around thematic programming. Shortly after this honor, the Symphony was awarded an ASCAP prize for adventurous programming.In 2013, The James Irvine Foundation awarded Pacific Symphony a second multi-year grant through its New California Arts Fund through 2016.

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Budget:
$19,000,000
Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

Pacific Symphony presents over 100 performances each year to more than 250,000 community members in venues throughout the County. The Symphony consists of 88 musicians, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair. The 2013-2014 35th Anniversary Season includes classical, pops and family concert series, an semi-staged opera presentations and two summer series that feature popular artists and performers. Programming also includes a chamber music series, three youth orchestras and ensembles and performances by the full orchestra at SOKA University.

Program Long-Term Success:

At the core of every great orchestra is a commitment to artistic excellence. Pacific Symphony is dedicated to making great music and to providing our audiences with exceptional performances by the highest-caliber musicians. To continue providing concert experiences at the current level and work toward an even greater artistic reputation we must make significant investments in the programs and people that will ensure the ongoing excellence of our musicality. Funds raised will allow us to: invest in professional musicians by endowing the principal and section chair, create a distinguished guest artists fund and a guest conductor fund to ensure the Symphony can afford to engage the world's great artists, preserve the Summer Festival - a five-concert series, currently presented at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, invest in semi-staged opera, and add resources to fund a rehearsal schedule that has been restricted over the last several years due to necessary budget reductions.

Program Short-Term Success:

New and more diverse audience participation and engagement is a short-term goal of our programming. We also aim to increase audience membership and support of the institution.

Program Success Monitored by:

Pacific Symphony measures its success through its ability to increase and sustain audience attendance, and via post-concert audience surveys. Generating public interest and diversity in its audience members is another near-term goal of the Symphony.

Program Success Examples:

Program: CLASS ACT - ELEMENTARY MUSIC EDUCATION (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$500,000
Category:
Education, General/Other
Population Served:
Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Program Description:

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Class Act is an award-winning music education program offered by the Symphony to 30 elementary schools. Each partner school is provided with a trained, Symphony musician who performs and teaches numerous music workshops based on a common core standard theme. Classroom teachers are provided with training and lesson plans by Symphony education directors to augment the musician's workshops and each school is provided with a Family Night performance of 5 Symphony musicians onsite for students and families to appreciate together. At the end of the year, every student in grades 2-5 is bused to the Rènee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall to experience a performance by Pacific Symphony. As a culminating activity, students are given the opportunity to interpret what they have learned through art, music, dance, theater, and creative writing in an all-school assembly in front of their families.

Program Long-Term Success:

Pacific Symphony has the following goals for its Class Act program: 1) Participating schools in the community will receive an enriching music education program where little or no program currently exists. (Most partner schools selected have little or no music education programs.)2) Children will develop deep and personal connections with professional musicians who mentor and guide their understanding and appreciation of music and the arts in the classroom. (Teachers and students are surveyed for their opinions on the effectiveness of the program)3) Children and their families will gain invaluable exposure to and involvement in classical music and the Pacific Symphony through family night concerts and performances. (Concert attendance is measured and principals are asked for performance evaluations)4) Children will develop a foundational knowledge and appreciation of music and will be encouraged to learn and produce their own music as a means for expressing their creativity. (Bravo assemblies are used as a reflection of what the children have learned through the program)

Program Short-Term Success:

By the end of the school year, students who have participated in the Class Act program will have a better understanding of music concepts and a familiarity with the Symphony as demonstrated by their culminating activity for family at the school. Teachers will have increased knowledge in ways to incorporate arts and music in their lesson plans and cross-curricular activities. Music listening and music-making will be incorporated in lesson planning for years to come.

Program Success Monitored by:

Class Act has been recognized by the League of American Orchestras and the National Endowment for the Arts as one of the 9 most exemplary music education programs in the US. According to Erin Kominsky, Principal at Jack K. Weaver Elementary, and an ongoing Class Act participating school: Class Act has brought classical music into every home at our school and has completely changed the boundaries of where our kids can learn. For Weaver, Class Act has opened the doors to a whole new experience that some kids may never have had in their entire lifetime. Pacific Symphony assesses all members and teachers throughout the year through the use of online surveys and grade level lesson assessment with some student participation. A new emphasis on recording metrics for the program has been undertaken with the goal of recording demographics of students served as well as student, teacher, and parent satisfaction.

Program Success Examples:

Program: Santa Ana Strings - Violin Instruction for Underserved Children (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$170,000
Category:
Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Hispanics
Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees

Program Description:

Santa Ana Strings serves approximately 300 fourth and fifth grade students from under-served public schools in Santa Ana. The program is carried out in partnership with Santa Ana Unified School District and the non-profit THINK (Teaching Helping Inspiring & Nurturing) Together. All students enrolled in select elementary schools receive intensive violin instruction from certified music educators in both small and large group settings, as well as the use of a violin for the duration of the program. Instruction is intended to encourage students, who would not otherwise be exposed to instrument instruction, to continue their education in middle and high school programs. Student performances are an integral part of the program and range from formal presentations at Symphony concerts to casual school and community site recitals. Transportation to attend concerts and community events is provided for families and friends of all participating students.

Program Long-Term Success:

Santa Ana Strings is a key part of the Symphony's overall goal to expand active music making opportunities in all of its education and community engagement programs, especially to underserved communities. Ultimately, there is the potential for replicating this program in other similar communities in Orange County, modeling the relationship of the Symphony, the school district, and a non-profit like Think Together, to deliver extended musical instruction to a larger population of students.

Program Short-Term Success:

ALL 4thand 5thgrade students enrolled in three Santa Ana afterschool programs receive intensive violin instruction from certified music educators in both intimate and large group settings. Instruction is intended to encourage students, who would not otherwise be exposed to instrument instruction, to feel inspired to pursue school music programs and eventually, to participate in middle and high school music programs. Our ultimate goal is to offer a transformative program that will not only introduce children to music, but will bring joy, love, and a sense of purpose to children in need. After our pilot summer program, one of our students stated to us that they felt they really were something special now. They gained a sense of self and had something to work towards. This gave all of us at Pacific Symphony a tremendous sense of pride and hope in our outreach.

Program Success Monitored by:

Our assessment efforts are being guided by the THINK Together Program Evaluation specialists and some key local arts educators including Helena Hanna - Director of Southern Counties Arts Project (a branch of The California Arts Project), Jim Thomas - Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator of the Orange County Department of Education, and Eileen Maeda - Santa Ana Strings music instructor. To date, we've received numerous student testimonials, evidencing growth in some non-musical areas. A few of examples include: * ""I'm proud of myself when I play music"" * ""I help a boy or girl that needs it, and I won't leave them alone until they get it right."" * ""I've learned from Santa Ana Strings to always keep trying even though people say you can't. Never give up on your dream.""

Program Success Examples:

Starting in January 2013, each of 230 students enrolled in the afterschool program of three public schools received a one-hour class with a SAUSD music educator twice per week. Over the course of the four month program, the students have been taught by Pacific Symphony musicians for three hours every Saturday. They have been given the opportunity to participate in two performances with Pacific Symphony musicians offering moral support and guidance. Approximately 90 students have set a personal goal to perform and have successfully completed these performances.

Program: HEARTSTRINGS - Making music accessible to the under-served (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$350,000
Category:
Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

Through HEARTSTRINGS, the Symphony provides free access to concerts, hands-on wellness activities, transportation and after-school music instruction for a broad range of under-served local residents. Musical experiences are customized to help partner organizations throughout Orange County fulfill their own unique missions and to provide the most meaningful impact on program participants. Nearly 5,000 community members engaged in the 2012-13 program including low-income youth and families. HEARTSTRINGS recently broadened its focus to offer a music wellness component in collaboration with organizations that benefit the mental and physical health of those in need. Some of the many partnering organizations that participate in HEARTSTRINGS include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County, Boys & Girls Club of Santa Ana, Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC), El Sol Science and Arts Academy, Orange County Therapeutic Arts Center (OCCTAC), Orange County Rescue Mission and Talk About Curing Autism (TACA).

Program Long-Term Success:

Participants will be transformed through free access to Pacific Symphony's music education programs, concerts and arts activities.

Program Short-Term Success:

Participants will gain opportunities to engage in Pacific Symphony concerts, music education activities and arts enrichment events.

Program Success Monitored by:

Pacific Symphony employs extensive qualitative and quantitative measures to assess and evaluate all of its education programs.

Program Success Examples:

Nearly 5,000 community members participated in the 2012-13 program including low-income youth and families.
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Pacific Symphony celebrates its 35th season in 2013-2014, achieving what many orchestras have taken generations to accomplish. As a vital part of the local artistic landscape, the Symphony has advanced its growth to be a central contributor to the great cultural explosion that makes Orange County one of the most desirable places to live, visit and work. Pacific Symphony not only reaches schools and districts throughout the County with music education programs, but has recently launched an intensive, after-school violin instruction program for under-served Santa Ana elementary schools. This new program reaches children who may never have the opportunity to learn an instrument or experience the joy of music through classroom arts education. The Symphony is proud of its many educational accomplishments and views its role to fill the arts education void prevalent in our schools as one of its most important contributions and ongoing goals. In addition, the Symphony strives to create effective music wellness programs to allow musicians and music therapists to provide services for seniors and hospice patients.
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