Key Chorale, Sarasota’s Symphonic Chorus, is much more than a just another choral group. While known for creative and innovative programming, Key Chorale audiences know that every concert will reach higer levels and exceed expectations. Key Chorale is also an integral part of the arts and cultural community of Sarasota and prides itself on giving back in new, meaningful ways each year with their community outreach programs.
Tomorrow’s Voices Today Educational Outreach Program
Our Education Vision: to partner with our community in order to provide musical opportunities and experiences that will nurture and enhance the educational growth of students of all ages in a lifelong passion and pursuit of music.
In September 2013, Key Chorale launched a new education outreach program, Tomorrow’s Voices Today. The program was developed to create a unique mentoring opportunity and a chance for high school students to be led by a professional conductor.
Each year the culminating Tomorrow’s Voices Today High School Choral Festival showcases three exceptional Sarasota County high school choirs. Each school’s choir performs independently, then joins Key Chorale in a festival chorus that will be led by Maestro Joseph Caulkins.
Tomorrow’s Voices Today concert provides an opportunity for each school group to present their best work to a wider audience than would ordinarily be the case and will incorporate three compositions using all the school ensembles and the 100+ trained voices of Key Chorale.
“Key Chorale’s support of our high schools’ choral programs and their students and teachers is wonderful and goes far beyond this one event. Once a school’s chorus has made a connection to Key Chorale through the Tomorrow’s Voices Today concert, they continue to be supported by Maestro Caulkins’ visits to their classroom and, in some cases, additional performance opportunities within the community. We are so appreciative of this partnership!” Angela Hartvigsen, Fine Arts Program Specialist, K-12, Manager, EdExploreSRQ.com, Sarasota County Schools
In 2017 alone:
100+ students sang in Cirque Des Voix®
100+ students sang on a world premier CD recording
60 students performed a world premier of an original musical score
32 students performed at 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival and National Cathedral on tour with Key Chorale in Washington, DC
Read Artistic Director Joseph Caulkins’ thoughts on the importance of mentoring young people, Who Lights the Spark?
These educational outreach programs help fill gaps in vocal music education by supplementing school programs for hundreds of Sarasota County students. As described by Brian Hersh, Program Director for Any Given Child in Sarasota Public Schools, “Key Chorale has made a consistent commitment to the future by working with high school choirs of the now. Through dedication and nurturing, Maestro Caulkins and the Key Chorale has taken an active role in engaging young people. Thank you for making a lasting impact—today and tomorrow.”
2018 Tomorrow’s Voices Today Concert
April 27, 2018
Riverview High School
Student Scholars Program
Key Chorale Student Scholars Program is a music-in-education outreach program for qualified high school choral members from Sarasota and Manatee County high schools who sing with Key Chorale during its performance season. This experience is designed for students with an exceptional aptitude for music, who plan to further their musical studies after high school.
“This is my first year with Key Chorale and I cannot express how meaningful this experience has been. As I prepare for college, I know that the opportunities provided by the Key Chorale will give me an edge against my competition. It has widened my knowledge of repertoire, improved my sightreading skills, and taught me to be accountable for my own music. Singing with such a professional choir has taught me responsibility and I don’t think many other students can say that – unlike myself. Thanks to Key Chorale I know I will be prepared for college and beyond.” Jillian Steffens, Key Chorale Student Scholar
Visible Men Academy
Key Chorale is also excited to announce a new partnership with Visible Men Academy, in which Key Chorale singers and educators will conduct hands-on music activities with students during a five-week after school program, culminating in a final performance for family and friends.
The final showcase will take place at Visible Men Academy on May 24, 2018 at 2 pm.
“The Key Chorale has brought music education to our school and has enriched the lives of our students…Music education helps our students increase their academic achievement, and a sense of community in the classroom which benefits our students’ success.” Dawnyelle Singleton, Visible Men Academy Community Relations Director
Sarasota Choral Festival
On October 14, 2014 Key Chorale launched the inaugural Sarasota Choral Festival. The festival is open to singers in our community (high school age and up) who have always wanted the experience of singing with a professional choir but are unable to make the time commitment to being a Chorale member. The response is always fantastic and we normally welcome at least fifty singers who have the unique opportunity to rehearse and perform under the baton of Artistic Director and Conductor, Joseph Caulkins.
The community singers and Chorale members rehearse for three days, finishing the week with a public concert. Ringling School of Art + Design Key Chorale Intern Frances Bukovsky created the amazing video above, “A Life of Music,” that really captures Maestro Caulkins thoughts and feelings about choral music and how the Sarasota Choral Festival connects to the community.
What is “Off-Key” Chorale?
Off-Key Chorale is a partnership with the Neuro Challenge Foundation, Inc., Key Chorale of Sarasota and Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota with the support of the Sarasota Memorial Institute for Advanced Medicine (IFAM).
This choral group is comprised of people living with Parkinson’s, family members, and other interested persons. They meet in each week at the Institute for Advanced Medicine in the group exercise room of Sarasota Memorial HealthFit. Led by Artistic Director, Joseph Caulkins, the Off-Key Chorale provides an opportunity for Parkinson’s patients to improve and strengthen their voices through singing, and provides a fellowship activity for people whose social opportunities are often limited by this disease.
“Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s is proud to fund the Off-Key Chorale Program in collaboration with the Key Chorale of Sarasota and Artist Series Concerts. This fun and therapeutic program is designed to help people with Parkinson’s amplify their voices in an environment that fosters celebration and joy. Singing is a beautiful way for our Parkinson’s community to connect with each other. It continues to be one of the best-attended programs that Neuro Challenge offers!” Karla Brody, Care Advisor, Neuro Challenge Foundation
Neuro Challenge Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers through service, education and research.
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