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Our History

The Foster City Community Chorus first formed in October 1992 when Fred De Boer approached the Foster City Parks and Recreation Department with the concept of forming a community chorus. With the cosponsorship of the department, the chorus of approximately 30 voices prepared for their first holiday concert in December 1992.

The chorus flourished, and in 1994 a smaller auditioned Foster City Chorale was formed. Under the direction of Mr. De Boer, the groups became known as some of the best amateur choral groups on the Peninsula. In recognition of its growth in such a short time, the chorale was invited to perform at the White House in December 1995.

In June 1998, Mr. DeBoer lost his valiant battle with cancer, but the groups were determined to carry on his vision. The fall season began for both groups while they reorganized, and on November 23, 1998, the Peninsula Musical Arts Association was incorporated as a California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation. That very evening the singers met and elected a Board of Directors. The following June the corporation received its state and federal tax-exempt status, enabling it to receive tax-deductible donations. This year marks Foster City Community Chorus's 20-year anniversary of bringing music to the community.

The Association has maintained its close relationship with the Foster City Parks and Recreation Department, which provides rehearsal and concert space but no direct financial support. Participation fees, concert performance receipts, and public donations of cash, vehicles, and in-kind services cover the operating expenses.

Corporate Information

Peninsula Musical Arts Association
969-G Edgewater Blvd. PMB 155
Foster City, California 94404
Phone: 650.268.8345
E-mail: info@peninsulamusicalarts.org

A California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation
Incorporated on November 23, 1998
Corporate Federal ID #94-3314306, California #2073542
Federal IRS tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) June 15, 1999
California tax exemption under Section 23701(d) July 7, 1999
Foster City Parks and Recreation Department Liaison: Kevin Miller

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