Braden River Choral Booster Association
6545 STATE RD 70 E
BRADENTON FL 34203-0000
Mission
To provide the financial and educational support to the choral department of Braden River High School, as to facilitate a Superior choral experience and community involvement for all students.
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Mrs. Laura Lutzi
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
Braden River Choral Booster Association, Inc.
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2005
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Sept 2017
State Registration Yes Dec 2016
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $60,000.00
Projected Expenses $77,000.00
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement

In the 2015/2016 school year the Braden River Choral Booster Association was able to facilitate the Choral Department’s ability to:

  • Purchase a grand piano for the Choir Department
  • Purchase additional Stage Risers for performances
  • Finance transportation and fees to Music Performance Assessments (State and District), wherein our choirs attained Superior ratings and send three students to sing in the All-State Choir
  • Award scholarships to students in need to sing at Candlelight at Disney
  • Award scholarships to students in need for uniforms
  • Finance accompanist for performances
  • Purchase additional sheet music

Our goals for the 2016/2017 year are to:

  • Finance transportation and fees to District Music Performance Assessments (MPA) ($4,100), All State Choir ($2,500) and Regional Music Performance Assessments ($6,200)
  • Continue to award scholarships to students in need for performance related fees, and uniforms ($10,000)
  • Finance accompanist for performances ($1,500)
  • Purchase additional sheet music (New Director) (3,000)
  • Send our elite choir, River Rhapsody, to sing in Washington DC ($50,000)
Needs Statement

The Braden River Choral Booster Association's projected budget for 2016/2017 is $77,000. Our greatest funding needs are:

  • Transportation costs and fees to and from Music Performance Assessments, District Performance Assessments and All State Performances
  • Purchase of a portable sound system for remote location performances
  • Scholarships for students in need for performance related fees and uniforms
  • Accompanist fees for performances
  • Send our elite choir, River Rhapsody, to sing in Washington DC
  • Fund the transition (sheet music, supplies, etc.) of a new Choral Director for the program
Background Statement

Braden River Choral Booster Association was established in August of 2012 and became a 501(c)3 in October 2012. We came about due to a need in the chorus department of our school, because of the school budget cuts effecting the ability to teach new quality music. We also no longer received funding for transportation for our students to get to and from their required performance assessments and concerts.

We have also been able to provide scholarships to students in need for uniforms, and performance related fees they could not afford.

We raised funds by having the students singing at functions where they received donations, with the selling of Christmas trees, asking for corporate donations and holding concerts with silent auctions and meals for students and families.

Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments We are a choice school, and we are open to any student in Manatee County.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
We began the Braden River Choral Booster Association in 2012/2013 school year when we, as parents, saw how hard the teacher was working to help our students become successful in choir.  Along with teaching over 185 students, the teacher was also running fundraisers, and entering the required data for each student, giving concerts without an aide.  We created the booster association to be helpful, and in the one year we worked very hard to get our River Rhapsody Choral group to New York City to sing in Carnegie Hall.We were also able to help give scholarships to students in need for fees for performances, and transportation as well as uniforms. We also were able to set up office help, and create a volunteer group to help network to get donations.
Programs
Description

Girls Glee Choir (Chorus High/Low)

The purpose of this course is to provide beginning female choral singers an opportunity to apply proper vocal technique and develop choral musicianship and aesthetic awareness. It will include varied choral literature through which form, style, music history and music theory are taught; it develops aesthetic awareness. Rehearsals and performances are required beyond the school day during concert seasons. Many students will use this class to earn their fine arts credit

towards graduation. This course includes freshman girls, as well as sophomore and junior girls who are new to the program. There are 75 students currently enrolled in the class.

Budget $10,000
Category Education, General/Other Curriculum Development
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Females K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success Usually the students in Girls Glee are beginners and by the end of the school year are ready to move up to Treble Choir
Long Term Success Girls Glee is a stepping stone for these students to hone their skills and move up to Treble Choir, then to Women's Chorale, and ultimately on to River Rhapsody which is the elite singing group.
Program Success Monitoring
We have a yearly performance that is judged by the Music Educators in our area.  These are called Music Performance Assessments or MPA's.  These a critical for our students so they know that they are performing at their absolute best.  Each year Girls Glee has received an score of Excellent.  This is how we know that our program is working!
 
Program Success Examples Each year by the end of school I have moved 95% of the students to their next level.
Description

Treble Choir (Chorus)

The purpose of this course is to enable intermediate level choral singers to develop proficient individual and ensemble skills in choral performance through preparation of varied high school literature. Emphasis will be placed on healthy and expressive singing, accurate interpretation of notation, and development of critical and esthetic response to music. Rehearsals and performances are required beyond the school day during concert seasons. This class consists of 55 students in grades 10-12.

Budget $5,000
Category Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Females
Short Term Success This choir has achieved the intermediate level.  During the school year they will progress to the next level and move into that level by year's end.
Long Term Success The students in Treble Choir can learn to advance to Women's Chorale by honing their singing skills and becoming a more proficient singer.
Program Success Monitoring Each year the students go to the Music Performance Assessments or MPA's and are evaluated and judged by the music educators.  These performance assessments can advance our students to District and onto States if they perform well. 
Program Success Examples Our students in Treble Choir have received either Excellent or Superior at their Music Performance Assessments every year.  This usually qualifies they to move on to District Music Performance Assessment and then onto State Music Performance Assessment.
Description

Men’s Choir (Chorus High/Low)

The purpose of this course is to provide beginning and intermediate male choral singers an opportunity to apply proper vocal technique and develop choral musicianship and aesthetic awareness. It will include varied choral literature through which form, style, music history and music theory are taught; it develops aesthetic awareness.

Rehearsals and performances are required beyond the school day during concert seasons. Many students will use this class to earn their fine arts credit towards graduation. There are 60 students currently enrolled in the class from grades 9-12.

Budget $5,000
Category Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Males Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success The success we see short term is that the students that start in Men's Choir sometime take the course because they think it will be easy.  They find out two things, one it is not easy and two they like it!  They enjoy expressing themselves through song and learning that they have a very useful instrument in their voice.
Long Term Success The students in this program are all male.  These students learn the techniques of singing and how to control the tone in their voice.  With their classes every other day and some after school practices and rehearsals these students hone their voices and each year a quarter of Men's Choir move onto River Rhapsody.
Program Success Monitoring Each year we take the Men's Choir to the Music Performance Assessment and they are judged by the music educators.  This performance is part of the students grade as well as a way to find out how they are doing.  Each year or Men's Choir have gotten either Excellent or Superior in their scores.
Program Success Examples By year's end each student in this class finds that they enjoy singing and that they have a voice they did not think they had.  They learn to sing well with others and strive to sing better, about a quarter of this group will move up to River Rhapsody which is the elite group.
Description

Women’s Chorale (Vocal Techniques)

The purpose of this course is to enable advanced female choral singers to develop individual and ensemble skills in choral performance through preparation of varied high school literature. Emphasis will be placed on healthy and expressive singing, accurate interpretation of notation, and development of critical and aesthetic response to music. Rehearsals and performances are required beyond the school day several times though out the year. This is an auditioned ensemble of upperclassman women. There are 40 students enrolled in the choir this school year
Budget $10,000
Category Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Females Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success The students in Women's Chorale work hard together to get the best performance they can.  Each year these students work to promote themselves to the next level in our program
Long Term Success The students in Women's Chorale are intermediate to advanced singers.  They are striving to excel and move onto to the elite singing group River Rhapsody.  These students have been performing together for two years or more and are constantly practicing to better themselves.
Program Success Monitoring Every year these students must perform at the Music Performance Assessments to be judged and graded.  These girls have always received superior in the class and have been invited to sing at the District level.  They have also received superior at District Level and been invited to sing at the State level.
Program Success Examples The success of this program is the students being invited to sing at both the district and state level. They have also received an excellent or superior rating at both the district and state level.
Description

River Rhapsody (Vocal Ensemble)

The purpose of this course is to provide advanced choral singers with the opportunity for basic refinement of performance in vocal ensemble settings through the study of appropriate vocal literature. Performance techniques, music knowledge, critical analysis, and aesthetic responses are emphasized. Rehearsals and performances are required beyond the school day several times throughout the year. This is an auditioned ensemble of upperclassman students. There are 42 students enrolled in the choir this school year. This choir performed in Carnegie Hall in New York City on Memorial Day, 2013 and was invited to return and perform again on Memorial Day, 2015.

Budget $10,000
Category Education, General/Other Afterschool Enrichment
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Females Males
Short Term Success The short term success of this group is the ability to perform in any venue with or without an accompanist.
Long Term Success The long term success from this group is to have graduates who excell in their music career in college.  Whether music is their major or minor they will excel in the program after having been through this class.
Program Success Monitoring The success of River Rhapsody is shown when they perform in concerts as well at the Music Performance Assessments.  The judges have always given this group a superior and have given them standing ovations more then one time!
Program Success Examples An example of the programs success is last year the River Rhapsody group were invited to sing in Carnegie Hall under the direction of the composer John Rutter and perform his composition.
Comments
Program Comments by Organization
The challenges we are seeing this year is the lack of funds to support these programs.  The school district of Manatee County have no funds at all at this time for choral departments.  Where the school district used to pay the fees for the MPAs and transportation to and from this year they will not be able to fund any of this.  When our students make it to District and State we will have to fund that ourselves too.
 
They are in need of sheet music and sound equipment and a piano which we will also have to fund 100% with the school district unable to help.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 15
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Collaborations
Last year we were able to hold a rummage sale along with the Band at Braden River High School.  This year we are looking to bring back Feast and FanFare and collaborate with Band and orchestra from Braden River High School.
 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Choir of DistinctionFlorida State Music Assessment2014
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years N/A
Strategic Plan Adopted Feb 2014
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures No
Comments
Management Comments by Organization Each year the state cuts funds to education and so or school board has to find ways to make what they have work.. Sometimes that means either getting rid of programs or keeping them with very limited to no funds.  This is where booster clubs and parent organization can help.  That is why we became a booster club.  Braden River High School has one of the highest rated choral groups around and for  this program to "go away" because of lack of funds would be unfair to the students and to the community they sing to.  These students have wonderful voices and do a lot for their community.
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization
 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mrs. Laura Lutzi
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term July 2016 to June 2017
Board Chair Email President@bradenrivercba@gmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Dr. Catherine Cooper Community Volunteer
Mr. Thomas Desmond Braden River High School Choral Director
Mrs. Connie Gurchiek Community Volunteer
Mrs. Laura Lutzi Community Volunteer
Mrs. Marcia Naseem Community Volunteer
Ms. Lissa Spillman Company volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 1
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 5
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Board Meeting Attendance % 96
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy No
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization Each of our board members donated through out the year both their time and money.  We have many students on free and reduced lunches who can not afford the uniforms needed to perform nor the expenses incurred for transportation, when then funds are not there. At times this has been a burden on the board members, but we cannot let a student miss a performance due to lack of funds.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $60,000.00
Projected Expenses $77,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$28,167$123,303$24,240
Administration Expense$13,023$500$295
Fundraising Expense$0$0$14,559
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.071.031.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses68%100%62%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%37%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$10,478$7,633$3,774
Current Assets$10,478$7,633$3,774
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$10,478$7,633$3,774
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $44,035Contributions, gifts, grants $127,710Contributions, gifts, grants $39,821
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation
Financial information is from the organization's Federal 990-EZ.
IRS Letter of Determination: Operating under Parent Booster USA, Inc.
Nonprofit Braden River Choral Booster Association
Address 6545 STATE RD 70 E
BRADENTON , FL 0000
Phone 941 751-8230 2180

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