Young Musicians Choral Orchestra

For General Operating Support

  • Amount
    $750,000
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
    10/18/2016
  • Term
    36 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Organization
Overview
Young Musicians Choral Orchestra is a nationally recognized East Bay youth program for low-income, underprivileged students of color, which provides a robust combination of musical training, academic reinforcement, and personal development. The no-cost program serves 70 students through an educational foundation in orchestra, jazz, and choral music. Students from the program matriculate into and excel at premiere conservatories and universities. In the last two years, 100 percent of its graduating seniors have continued on to post-secondary institutions. A renewal of the organization’s grant will allow for key operational support during its strategic planning period.
About the Grantee
Address
2020 Milvia Street, Suite 420, Berkeley, CA, 94704, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for general operating support  
The Young Musicians Choral Orchestra (YMCO) is a new non-profit arts institution. The organization was founded in 1968 as the Young Musicians Program, a summer outreach initiative of UC Berkeley. The organization separated from UC Berkeley earlier this summer, becoming an independent 501(c)3. YMCO provides a rigorous combination of musical training, academic reinforcement, and personal development for 70 low-income students ages 9-18 in Berkeley and Oakland, predominantly young people of color. All of YMCO's service are provided free of charge. Every student sings in the chorus and performs in the orchestra, studying both classical and jazz music. This is supplemented by weekly private lessons, academic tutoring, and peer mentoring. There is a very high success rate--nearly all students are accepted into 4-year colleges, universities and music conservatories--and the program has received national recognition for it impact, including performing at the White House.
for general operating support  
Young Musicians Choral Orchestra is a nationally recognized East Bay youth program for low-income, underprivileged students of color, which provides a robust combination of musical training, academic reinforcement, and personal development. The no-cost program serves 70 students through an educational foundation in orchestra, jazz, and choral music. Students from the program matriculate into and excel at premiere conservatories and universities. In the last two years, 100 percent of its graduating seniors have continued on to post-secondary institutions. A renewal of the organization’s grant will allow for key operational support during its strategic planning period.
for general operating support  
Young Musicians Choral Orchestra is a nationally recognized organization that provides a combination of musical training, academic reinforcement, and personal development for low-income, underserved students of color. Each year, the no-cost program provides approximately 65 Bay Area students with substantial education, training, and performance opportunities in orchestra, jazz, and choral music. For the past 16 years, 100% of the orchestra’s graduating seniors have gone on to attend conservatory or college.

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