Back by popular demand, the second annual Key Chorale Sarasota Choral Festival & New Voices in Choral Music Concert will be held at 4:00 PM on October 10, 2015 at First Church, 104 S. Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL

Tickets are also available at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Box Office 

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
777 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota FL 34236

Phone: (941) 953-3368, Toll Free (800) 826-9303

Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm 
Saturday 10am – 4pm 
Sunday Closed
To participate, join the rehearsals on Tuesday, October 6, Friday, October 9, and Saturday, October 10. This year’s festival format includes the opportunity for private voice coaching sessions and informational programs in between rehearsals on the concert day. View full schedule HERE.

Open to All Singers!

High school and older • Individuals • Choirs • Choral Groups

No Auditions Necessary


What is the Sarasota Choral Festival?
Last year 150 voices participated in the inaugural festival.  It is an opportunity for singers who do not have the time to participate in a season of choral rehearsals and concerts, for choral groups that want the opportunity to sing with a larger vocal ensemble, and for those who do not like to audition to join with other choral groups and the 100+ voices of Key Chorale

Who can sing at the Festival?
There is only one requirement….you must love to sing! The festival is open to all singers, high school age and older. Choirs and choral groups are especially encouraged to join us too. All you need to do is register! The registration fee is $25 for adults and $15 for students. The fee includes music and a pizza party on Friday, October 9. 

Why participate?
This is your chance to perform works by renowned American Composer and arranger René Clausen, a favorite of choral ensembles, and composer of over 100 commissioned compositions, including one of the festival pieces commissioned by Key Chorale.  “Life and Breath:  Choral Works by René Clausen” recorded by the Kansas City Chorale, won two Grammy Awards in 2013.  His compelling cantata A New Creation was first recorded in 1990 by the Dale Warland Singers, and has become a staple in many chorale repertoires. To learn more about the full festival repertoire and composers 


Following last year’s festival we asked Artistic Director Joseph Caulkins to share his thoughts about the experience.

What was your favorite moment during the festival?

As the singers arrived, they needed to check the seating chart and see where they we going to be seated. A few minutes before rehearsal started I looked at the long line forming down the aisle of Church of the Palms. It was a LONG line! Seeing the anticipation on the faces, as they waited in place, watching them making new friends with our Chorale members, I knew this was going to be a successful event.

Were you nervous about only having three rehearsals to prepare the community singers?

I certainly was anxious to hear the group for the first time. You just don’t really know what to expect with a first-time event like this. With an open invitation, you can never know for sure what the level of singers will be like. Once we did our first warm-ups, I was thrilled by the sounds we were creating.

There are so many people who love to sing in our community and we were very pleased with the number and quality of singers that participated. They brought a lot of joy and enthusiasm to their music making and that was really infectious all week!