Another Round of Shifting Plans: Key Chorale, Sarasota, Florida
Even during the worst parts of the pandemic, the Key Chorale managed to continue “a full season of programming, sometimes without an audience, sometimes with,” says artistic director Joseph Caulkins. It was possible largely because the symphonic chorus is based in Sarasota, Florida. “The politics of the area allow you to do whatever you want, however you want, which is good, and terrible, and everything in between,” explains Caulkins.

Key Chorale looks forward to a ‘Renaissance’ of live singing in new season
Caulkins is preparing for a new season that will bring his large chorus together with live musicians and special guests in a series of concerts that will touch on classical selections, more contemporary music, as well as bluegrass and gospel.

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Instilling knowledge & healthy melodies in classical music
Podcast – Art Axis FL speaks with Key Chorale and Venice Symphony who have developed educational opportunities for students through music, while using their platforms to help combat the challenges surrounding mental health.

Music Review: Key Chorale uplifts souls with ‘Coronation’ concert
Key Chorale’s new online program “Coronation: Mozart & Haydn” is a crowning achievement and well worth pulling up more than once.

Music Review: Key Chorale stirs jubilant feelings with Baroque concert
The joy factor was amped up in the Magnificat, BWV 243, in which Bach brings the added sparkle of a second trumpet, two flutes and timpani.

Key Chorale opens music season online
Many of the songs acknowledge or find their origins in the concept of difficult times. Three selections heard in the middle create an emotional peak with elegant lines well sung.

Sarasota’s Key Chorale plans online, in-person concert season
Artistic Director Joseph Caulkins wants people to ‘Come Together’ for choral ensemble’s new season.

The “American Roots: The Gospel Experience” is now streaming
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe and Key Chorale are taking you back in time with the “American Roots: The Gospel Experience” show, but this time from the comfort of your own home.

Linda Carlson’s weekly “Suncoast Scene” segment – September 25th, 2020

Key Chorale expands its voice online

Masking the voice in time of coronavirus

Key Chorale receives Community Impact Grant from Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Thanks to a grant of $3,200 recently awarded by the Martha Leiter and Nancy Streetman Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County

Sarasota’s Key Chorale receives national honor
Recognized for education and outreach programs by Chorus America

New online chorus keeps voices connected
Come Together Chorus launches weekly video rehearsals

Key Chorale soars with Haydn’s ‘Creation’
More than 150 voices and musicians perform Haydn’s ‘The Creation’…

Key Chorale creates a spectacle with ‘Winter Dreams’ concert
Chorus is joined by aerial artists, musicians from Sarasota Orchestra and dancers from the Sarasota Ballet Studio Company

An Enchanting Holiday Performance – Winter Dreams is a Must See
The 100+ voices of Key Chorale combine with Sarasota Ballet’s Studio Company dancers for a wonder-filled winter show.

Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota honors arts leaders, artists and donors at annual celebration
Joseph Caulkins, who has led Key Chorale for 11 seasons, was recognized for Artistic Achievement.

Musical celebration for Richard Storm
Friends and colleagues put together a musical celebration for longtime Herald-Tribune critic Richard Storm.

Longtime music critic Richard Storm dies at 82
Storm, who wrote hundreds of reviews for the Herald-Tribune over two decades, also served as executive director or Key Chorale

Songs of Inspiration
“Inspiration,” says Nate Jacobs, WBTT’s artistic director. Joseph Caulkins, Key Chorale’s artistic director, says “amen.”

A Match Made in Heaven
“Anybody who has seen their shows would want to collaborate,” says Caulkins, “they have incredible energy.”

Key Chorale, Westcoast join voices for ‘Gospel Experience’ concerts
“All of these shows, they’ve sold really well,” Caulkins says. “But this one, people are really excited about.”

Key Chorale expands collaborations for 35th season
“We have so many good partners that we’re working with that the concerts and events become so much better.”

Key Chorale turns 35 with its Coming Concert Season 
You could say it’s all in the numbers for Key Chorale. The vocal ensemble is more than 100 voices strong, marking its 35th anniversary season in 2019-20, celebrating 10 years of teaming with the Circus Arts Conservatory on its Cirque des Voix performances, and continuing to add to the number of collaborations it’s involved in with other arts organizations. But, of course, it’s the sounds audiences hear that will be memorable.

Key Chorale celebrates young voices
“Any musician who has done this as long as I have can think back on the people who supported you and gave you a little extra — a push,” said Joseph Caulkins, artistic director of Key Chorale. ”(Sharing this music) is a way to pay it forward to the community.”

Tomorrow’s Voices Today Next Week
“Caulkin’s idea for the Tomorrow’s Voices Today is to show students a different opportunity after performing in a high school choir. “When you are a student there are going to be moments and experiences you have,” Caulkin says. “We hope that this is one of those moments where kids will see a whole different world of music.”

“Music Review”: Anu Tali departs Sarasota Orchestra with memorable concert
“Oh, that every chorus could sound this good. Smooth blend, mellow sopranos and mezzos, comfortable tenors, and rooted basses. Diction was clear and adequate space was given to keep it crisp.”

Music Review: Key Chorale creates grandeur with ‘Elijah’ oratorio
“…the Key Chorale made the grandeur of the music dominate, and the soloists added so much that the result was a afternoon of music making leading to a feeling of exaltation.”

Key Chorale’s ‘Elijah’ to showcase masterwork of epic proportions
“Some stories are so epic, they don’t need breathtaking prose or dazzling costumes to help tell it — just a moving piece of music and talented vocalists to perform it.”

Key Chorale sings story of ‘Elijah’
“It’s a much different experience than listening to a requiem or a Mass setting,” said Caulkins. “This creates the drama of the scenes without costumes and scenery.”

Music/Dance Review: ‘Misatango’ offers a melange of talent from Sarasota and beyond
“It’s an admirably assured artist who is not only willing, but eager, to share the stage with creative talents from other disciplines, recognizing that the sum total of such collaborations can often be more transformative than that of a single genre alone.”

Key Chorale will mix music and dance in ‘Misatango’
“It’s a unique combination,” says Joseph Caulkins, artistic director of Key Chorale. “Hardly any pieces have that sound. And then when you add the dimension of dance, that’s what makes it such an incredible feast for the senses.”

Pedro Reis receives Key Chorale’s Perfect Pitch award
“It was an afternoon of moving song and dance performances as Key Chorale presented Perfect Pitch, an annual luncheon supporting education and community outreach, this year co-chaired by Vivian Kouvant and Jytte Winslow-Mandle.” 

Key Chorale turns mere music into a spectacle
“We need not just voices, but also a sense of community, to create the magical sound that transcends only the music and lifts and inspires the spirit.”

Key Chorale Season Launches Oct. 27, Sarasota Magazine
“The coming season blends tango, Christmas classics, circus-related performances and more.”

Key Chorale announces 2018-2019 season performances and events
“The 34th season of Sarasota’s symphonic chorus will include eight concerts, one luncheon and the 2019 Sarasota Choral Festival.”

Key Chorale sets challenges for new season, Sarasota Herald Tribune
“My main job as a conductor is really as a teacher,” he says. “When I have auditions, I’m looking for people who are already at a high level, but with the right training and experiences, they’ll be great contributors. … It’s always a challenge with a big symphonic chorus, but that’s what I love about it.”

Key Chorale Announces New Executive Team

Music Review: Key Chorale Chamber Singers provide French treats
“Along with his best singers, music director Joseph Caulkins delivered a varied program filled with delicious morsels from the Renaissance to the 20th century.”

Key Chorale joins orchestra and pianist for Beethoven and Haydn Concert

Key Chorale’s latest concert will feature acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Biegel
“I have this connection to Beethoven — I started off not being able to hear and now I do, opposite of him, he ended up stone deaf,” Biegel says.

Photo Gallery by Sarasota Herald Tribune: Key Chorale Annual Luncheon 

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Conductor Dale Warland leads Key Chorale in Holiday Favorites
“The mysterious quality comes from the instrumentals,” said Warland.

Key Chorale’s 2017-2018 season emphasizes outreach, education, Sarasota Herald Tribune
Caulkins was on a mission to “use choral music as a way to influence our community beyond just doing great concerts…”

Chorale starts on right note, Observer Media Group
Key Chorale Artistic Director Joseph Caulkins believes in the power of the “invisible instrument,” and says his chorale will use it to uplift, empower and educate the community with its 33rd season programming.

This circus is choreographed to amaze. It’s in town for three shows this weekend

Key Chorale and Circus Arts find new mood for Cirque des Voix

2018 Cirque Des Voix segment on Suncoast View