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Who We Are

Joseph Caulkins Joe conducting group of singers

Our History

In 2019, Maestro Caulkins received the “Arts Leadership Award for Artistic Achievement” from the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County for his many seasons as Artistic Director of Key Chorale. Through dynamic collaborations with organizations like Sarasota Orchestra, Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, The Sarasota Ballet, The Venice Symphony, and The Circus Arts Conservatory, Key Chorale is able to create unforgettable programs that continue to push the boundaries of choral music.

Key Chorale was the winner of the 2020 Chorus America “Award for Education and Community Engagement” given in recognition of their extensive education programs, reaching more than 400 students each year, and its commitment to community outreach. The Off-Key Chorale, for those living with Parkinson’s started in 2012, and the Where Are My Keys? Chorale, for those living with Alzheimer’s and memory loss, celebrates the joy and therapeutic aspects of singing.

In 2021 choirs all across the world were silenced by the pandemic, but Key Chorale found ways to continue to make music producing six online concerts and events, nine episodes of Morning Coffee & Maestros and created the Come Together Choir, Online Choral Rehearsals, as a way for singers throughout the country, and beyond, to come together and enjoy singing safely while social distancing. In June of that year, Key Chorale premiered “Masked” in Troubled Times, a virtual choir and masterwork singalong of Haydn’s Mass in Troubled Times.

Our Core Values

Our Core Values

Artistic Excellence

We are devoted to excellence in creating and performing music that resonates with our audiences and singers.

Creativity

We employ new and innovative ideas and approaches in all we do.

Collaboration

We can accomplish more together than alone. Key Chorale works as a team within our own organization and with our community partners.

Making a Difference

We believe in contributing to our community through music and service.