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Key Chorale Annual Luncheon on November 6 Honors Cultural Champion Richard Storm in His 80th Birthday Year; Features Grammy-Nominated Composer/Conductor Dale Warland; Launches New Student Scholars Program

Key Chorale, Sarasota’s Symphonic Chorus, announces it will award the 2017 Perfect Pitch Award at Key Chorale 2017 annual luncheon on November 6 to Richard Storm, its retired Executive Director and recent recipient of the 2017 Arts and Cultural Alliance Cultural Champion Arts Leadership Award. The Perfect Pitch Award recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions to the cultural community through educational, financial, or artistic efforts.   The Annual Luncheon will be held on November 6 from 11:30 am to1:30 pm at the Sarasota Yacht Club. Featured guests will include Grammy-nominated composer and conductor Dale Warland. Special entertainment organized by Maestro Joseph Caulkins will feature Dale Warland and Key Chorale singers. A paddle raise and raffle drawings will  support the newly unveiled Key Chorale Student Scholars Program created to inspire, coach, and fund opportunities for high school students interested in careers in the vocal arts.

Key Chorale 2017 Annual Luncheon


SARASOTA, FL, October 26, 2017 – Why do we sing? Key Chorale  2017 Annual Luncheon on November 6, 2017, from 11:30am to1:30 pm at the Sarasota Yacht Club, 1100 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, to celebrate the impact that choral music can have throughout life, from youth to adulthood, affecting our lives, careers, and communities. The Annual Luncheon will feature two special guests whose lives and careers have been enriched by music: Grammy-nominated choral composer and conductor Dale Warland and Executive Director Emeritus of Key Chorale Richard Storm.  Key Chorale will also present its new music in education scholarship program, the Key Chorale Student Scholars, which will provide the opportunity and funding for select high school students in Sarasota and Manatee Counties to receive vocal and life coaching, mentoring, and participation in Key Chorale.

Richard Storm, recent recipient of the Arts and Cultural Alliance’s 2017 Cultural Champion Arts Leadership Award, has had an incomparable impact on arts communities in Sarasota and beyond. Richard spent 30 years living in the Mediterranean basin and the Middle East, where he taught English and American literature, produced CBS and NBC television documentaries, and owned and published English-language magazines in Cairo and Rome before returning to the United States in 1989. Upon moving to Sarasota, he served as the first Executive Director of the Seaside Institute before joining the Sarasota County Arts Council as Director of Marketing Services in 1993. He served for several years on the board of La Musica di Asolo, an international chamber music festival, and was the first Executive Director of Key Chorale until 2015. While Executive Director, he was instrumental in expanding its community partnerships and outreach, helping to create its well-loved and successful Cirque des Voix® collaboration with The Circus Arts Conservatory, producing several world premiere performances, and bringing well-known composers and soloists to perform with the chorale.

In addition to working as a free-lance marketing consultant, translator, and public relations advisor, Richard writes music criticism for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and had a monthly column on architecture and urban planning at Sarasota Magazine.  He served as the Honorary Vice-Consul of Italy for southwestern Florida for several years, during which he worked to coordinate the Sister Cities relationship between Sarasota and Treviso, Italy. Key Chorale is thrilled to present Richard with its 2017 Perfect Pitch Award, in honor of his 80th birthday year and his tireless commitment to preserving and promoting the arts in our community.

Another featured luncheon guest will be Dale Warland, acclaimed choral composer and conductor, who will join Key Chorale at the Annual Luncheon for an exclusive discussion about what it has meant to him to live a life filled with music. Warland will then be in residence with Key Chorale twice during November, culminating in Key Chorale’s holiday concert, “Christmas with Dale Warland,” where Warland will conduct Key Chorale in a program of his favorite settings and carols of the season, to take place on November 26 at 4 pm at First Church in Sarasota and on November 28 at 7 pm at Venice Presbyterian Church. Dale Warland’s career spans more than six decades and has made a profound contribution to the music of our time. For more than 30 years the Dale Warland Singers were acclaimed as America’s premier choir, commissioning over 270 new choral works and producing 29 masterful recordings, including the Grammy-nominated Walden Pond. Their annual Echoes of Christmas radio broadcasts were beloved by listeners worldwide. The world has bestowed its highest honors on Warland, including the 1995 Chorus America Michael Korn Founder’s Award, the highest honor for a choral conductor in the United States, and induction into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame in 2012.

The Annual Luncheon will also include a chance to win raffle baskets themed around Key Chorale’s 2017-18 season concerts and a paddle raise to support Key Chorale’s newly launched Student Scholars Program.  The program will provide students who intend to pursue music beyond high school not only with funding and the opportunity to sing with Key Chorale at no cost, but countless other valuable experiences, from voice lessons to workshops on building a career in music and more. Luncheon guests will hear from students who have already been impacted by Key Chorale, and will learn more about this exciting new programming and how the community can support it.

Key Chorale has a long history of student engagement, and its “Tomorrow’s Voices Today” arts in education programming reaches hundreds of students each year. Last season, students from Riverview High School and Sarasota High School joined Key Chorale to perform Cirque des Voix®, the highly successful collaboration with The Circus Arts Conservatory. Riverview students also sang for the premiere and CD recording of an original musical score by composer Ola Gjeilo and traveled in July to the perform Cirque des Voix® at the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. This season, singers from Sarasota Young Voices will join us for Cirque des Voix® 2018, featuring the movie music of Danny Elfman, and Key Chorale will be joined by Riverview, Sarasota, and Booker High School choirs for our annual collaborative concert with Sarasota County schools on April 27, 2018.

To purchase tickets for the luncheon or concerts, or for more information, please visit or call (941) 921-4845.


Since its inception in 1985, Key Chorale has been performing and promoting choral music of the highest quality that embraces and supports our community. Last season, in addition to successful masterworks performances from Handel’s Alexander’s Feast to Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor, Key Chorale was catapulted onto the national stage, performing Cirque des Voix®, a collaboration with The Circus Arts Conservatory, on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. at the invitation of the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. They also recently released their latest album, Arise – Choral Music of Ola Gjeilo, featuring two world premiere recordings commissioned by Key Chorale. Under the baton of Joseph Caulkins, now in his 11th season as Artistic Director, Key Chorale has become known for its community outreach programming, including “Off-Key Chorale,” a collaboration with the Neuro Challenge Foundation that uses choral singing as a new approach for Parkinson’s Disease, and “Tomorrow’s Voices Today,” arts in education programming that reaches hundreds of students each year.