Sarasota Choral Festival
On October 14, 2014 Key Chorale launched the inaugural Sarasota Choral Festival. Participation in the festival is open to all singers high school age and older, no audition required, and is the perfect opportunity for singers who cannot commit to a full season of rehearsals and concerts, and for choral groups wanting to sing with a larger vocal ensemble to celebrate their love for choral music. The response from the community is enthusiastic and each year we 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 with professional soloists and orchestra. The festival format also provides other exciting opportunities for the choral singer at any level, such as vocal health clinics, master classes with professional voice teachers, and guest lecturers from our arts community. Ringling School of Art + Design Key Chorale Intern Frances Bukovsky created the amazing video above, “A Life of Music,” to capture Maestro Caulkins’ thoughts on the transformative power of choral music and how the Sarasota Choral Festival brings together a diverse community through a love for singing.
The 2019 Key Chorale Sarasota Choral Festival honored three first responders with Stephen Paulus’ Grammy-winning composition Prayers and Remembrances commissioned for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. Paulus honors the victims while addressing the universal experience of those grieving and healing from loss of loved ones – in his words, “a work that would be spiritual but not necessarily religious.”
We also celebrated these heroes from our local Fire, EMT and Police departments through compelling mini-documentaries created by Ringling College of Art & Design students. More than 150 singers of the Festival Chorus and members of the Sarasota Orchestra presented uplifting and empowering music highlighting the importance of our First Responders.