Aimusic School (San Jose, CA)


  • Name:Mr. Xie Tan Lee
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Aimusic School
  • Address:PO Box 642098
    San Jose, CA 95164
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:408-253-5998
  • Main fax:408-253-4998

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  • Mission:
  • Firebird Youth Chinese Orchestra (FYCO) promotes Chinese music as an integral part of Chinese-American culture in San Jose by training young students of all ethnicities to play traditional instruments, thereby strengthening the Chinese community in the Bay Area of California, and enhancing the culture diversity and richness of American society.

  • Overview:
  • FYCO is a unique educational and artistic organization in Silicon Valley. Representing 7.67% Chinese-American population in the Santa Clara County, our ethnic group provides quality programs to our multicultural community. Through our educational program, we have successfully trained over thousand students to play various Chinese instruments. The program provides sufficient intensity, consistency, and duration for learning Chinese music. Through our artistic program, we built up the largest Chinese orchestra in the West, and also produced unique concert programs with world premières. Every year, we serve about 10,000 audience members by performing in public libraries, schools, senior home, community centers, cultural events, and national and international conferences.

    Over 300 traditional operas were counted in the middle of the 20th century, and are part of China’s cultural treasures. We would like to bring more awareness to them on an international scope. The key works we will focus on in the coming year are such traditional Chinese operatic music. Those on the UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage list, like Kunqu Opera, Peking Opera, Yueju Opera, and Tibetan Opera, will be among the selected.

    FYCO governing body is the Board. With a great vision in our future, the Board shares a strong faith on carrying out Chinese cultural heritage to next generations. The Board is responsible for policy making, fundraising, and budget verification. Our management team consists of the executive director, managers, and coordinators. The Board has a quarterly meeting, while the management team meets every month. Sometimes, we merge the two meetings together in order to complete and carry out good communications between each other.

    We have a constant low teacher-student ratio in most instrumental classes. There are 5 ensembles to carry on our treasured traditions: Earth, Metal, Water, Wood, and Fire. Our Metal group, the beginners, starts with playing in unison, while Water group is introduced to small ensembles. The Wood group starts with essential orchestral pieces while the Fire group, the most advanced group, plays advanced music. Solo music is for Water students and up. Sight-reading is a must-learn skill and tested twice a year. This programming is developed from considering of learning authentic Chinese music systematically. We selected these initial materials from millions of folksongs passed down from generation to generation all over China. The students are much more interested in playing folksongs with vivid melodies rather than practicing mechanical etudes. From the beginner group, students normally need to take 3 years to build up their basic instrumental skills.

    Our funding sources are reliable. All students pay their tuition on an annual basis. Donations are from parents, audiences, private parties, and companies. We also seek contributions from diversified revenue. Some of our corporate sources are from Cisco, Adobe, Apple, IBM, Visa, HP, Sony, Western Digital and other enterprises. For a consecutive number of years, we are grantees of National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, City of San Jose, Silicon Valley Creates, Knight Foundation, and Hewlett Foundation.

  • History:
  • With only 13 young musicians, FYCO was founded in 2000. Its predecessor was Gordon Lee’s private studio, which started in 1995. We are the first American Chinese orchestra invited by the Ministry of Culture to visit China in 2004, established a new orchestration with a centered plucked instrument portion giving a strong influence in the field, held a Chinese operatic music concert, collaborated with youth, adult and professional symphony orchestras to premiere new works in Chinese traditions, performed in international enterprises like Apple, Microsoft, Intel, VMware, eBay, Target, PwC, Cartier, and NBA.

    In this last summer 2013, we were invited to perform in the Hsinchu Chinese Music Festival in Taiwan. We also had joint concerts with local Chinese Orchestras, visited sister city and county government offices, and collaborated with a few schools. Board of Supervisors County of Santa Clara gave us a resolution for our Taiwan tour and “contributions to cultural exchange between Santa Clara County and Hsinchu County.”

    Our artistic program is very creative. In 2006, we premièred the grand Chinese orchestra suite, The Winchester House. In 2007, we premièred another Chinese orchestra suite Scenic Seasons. Our Shaolin Zen Concert in 2009, and Young Impressions of the Old City, Symphonic Suite for Erhu, Pipa, & Sheng in 2010 sets a historical remark in the field of orchestral music in both Western and Chinese. Our Tang Dynasty Poetry, Music and Dance concert held in the end of 2011 merged concert hall and opera house programs, breaking a record for cultural, youth, even professional groups in performing onstage followed by performing in a orchestral pit. FYCO’s music has been highly acclaimed by our multicultural audience members. By Feb. 23, 2014, our website is the first on Yahoo’s 3,670,000 “Chinese Orchestra” results, and on Google’s 19,000,000 results. Some of our program posted on Youtube has over 39,000 viewers.

    Because of our achievements, we have been awarded grants by the city, state, and federal government arts agencies and foundations. NEA praised FYCO as “one of the very few ensembles in the United States dedicated to educating your people, their families and communities through traditional Chinese music, and is carrying out its mission with great success.” We have also been featured on newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations, including KPIX (Ch.5), ABC (Ch.7), KQED (Ch.9), KTSF (Ch.26), KICU (Ch.36), KTEH (Ch.54), CCTV (China Central Television), Hong Kong Phoenix, Taiwan United News, and Phoenix North America.

  • Year established:1995
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:8
  • Advisory board size:6
  • Staff size:16

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Frank Sun, Ph.D., President

    Yunzhang Pei, Ph.D., Secretary

    Melody Pan, Treasurer

    Yannie Wang, Director

    Guang Li, Ph.D., Director

    Shuling Liu, Director

    Shujin Ou, Director

    Gordon Lee, Director

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Gordon Lee, ED
    Frank Sun, Ph.D. President

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • 1. Gordon Lee, executive and artistic director.

    2. Melody Liu, outreach manager.

    3. Laurie Lee, project manager.

    4. Su-Chen Liu, Conductor and Erhu instructor.

    5. I-Lan Lin, Liuqin and Ruan instructor.

    6. Zhang Yu, Suona instructor.

    7. Fenglin Zhang, Sheng instructor.

    8. Yangqin Zhao, Yangqin instructor.

    9. Ami Zhou, music theory instructor.

    10. Mark Kuo, Conductor and Dizi instructor.

    11. Churong He, Erhu artist.

    12. Zhuoming Xu, Dizi instructor.

    13. Bei Chen, Cello instructor.


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:77-0557412

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:770557412
  • Organization Name:AIMUSIC SCHOOL
  • Care Of Name:% GORDON LEE
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 642098
  • Organization City:SAN JOSE
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:95164-2098
  • Group Exemption Number:6188
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:9
  • Ruling Date:December, 2015
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:16
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization that normally receives no more than one third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes. 509(a)(2)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2015
  • Filing Requirement Category:02 (990 - Required to file Form 990-N - Income less than $25,000 per year)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:A68
  • Asset Amount:$166,573
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$303,248
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$296,903
  • Last Updated:1/21/2018 11:56:57 pm

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