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The Young Americans Board of Directors Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

Steven Haines

August 22, 2017 — The Young Americans Board of Directors announced today the appointment of Steven Haines as the organization's new Chief Executive Officer. Haines has more than 25 years of experience in non-profit and performing arts management, working with some of the country's most notable organizations and artists.

Most recently Haines served as Vice President of Strategic Growth and Marketing for the iconic San Francisco Zoo. Prior to that, Haines had tremendous success as Executive Director of San Francisco's Stern Grove Festival, Vice President of The Philadelphia Orchestra, President & CEO of The Philly Pops as well as marketing manager with The Florida Philharmonic. In San Francisco, Haines also served as a member of the board of directors of the San Francisco Travel Association.

The Young Americans' Board President, Phil Lisle, commented, "This is a historic time for the entire organization as we have found ourselves in midst of a huge growth spurt and in need of additional leadership support. As a board, we are thrilled to have been able to find such a strong, innovative professional to help lead The Young Americans forward into the next chapter of success."

Since its founding in 1962 by Milton C. Anderson, The Young Americans organization has grown immensely into a global performing arts sensation and is now the largest non-profit youth music education organization in the world. The group currently has 320 cast members, all who attend The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts, and has taken its love of music and performing all over the world. Its "Turn Up The Music" International Music Outreach Tours have visited hundreds of communities, across 32 countries and 5 continents, influencing over one million children worldwide.

"I am more than honored to be joining The Young Americans team. The mission and history of this organization are so well respected both nationally and internationally. For over 55 years The Young Americans and its staff have been 'Inspiring the world through music,' and I'm so excited to be a part of it and help more communities experience the profound impact of music and the performing arts through The Young Americans." A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Haines received cum laude honors with a degree in French and International Communications. A musician by avocation, he considers himself lucky to share his professional expertise with his passion for music.

About The Young Americans
Founded over 55 years ago in Hollywood, California and known as the world's first show choir, this nonprofit performance and music education group utilize music as a tool to inspire youth and audiences all across the world. From their early days of performing with legends such as Andy Williams, Ed Sullivan, and Bing Crosby to their current "Turn Up The Music" International Music Outreach Tours, which include over 395 shows each year across 32 countries, The Young Americans remains the pinnacle of excellence in both music and dance performance. Visit to learn more about our organization.