The Sarasota Choral Society receives the majority of its financial support through membership dues and ticket sales. However, putting on a production as large and complex as Messiah is not an inexpensive undertaking. The soloists, accompanists, orchestra, and Artistic Director are all paid professional artists. Venues in Sarasota and Bradenton are becoming more expensive and less available as time moves on, and the basic costs of operation are increasing as fuel prices reach record levels and other supplies and services become more expensive. However, all of the “behind-the-scenes” work is done by volunteers out of their homes. The Sarasota Choral Society has no paid staff or maintain expensive office space!
The Sarasota Choral Society provides many benefits. Patrons are able to enjoy and be uplifted by one of the largest and longest running productions of sacred classical music in the Sarasota area with full orchestra, professional soloists, and a chorus with upwards of 300 voices. Chorus members are able to perform in a major musical production utilizing some of the best venues in the area and membership is available to anyone interested in choral singing, auditions are not required. The Choral Society has supported other charitable and choral organizations such as The Manger, a local Christian organization that provides food and other services to those in need, and the Sarasota Boys Choir and Sarasota Girls Choir. We are currently providing financial assistance to members of Sarasota Young Voices (SYV) who might not otherwise be able to participate and are also hoping to revitalize our scholarship program to benefit young musicians in the area.
Here is how you can achieve greater community exposure for yourself and/or your company and help us to continue to present Sarasota’s premier choral events of the year:
- Attend our performances! Your ticket purchases not only give you access to beautiful, moving, and spiritual performances, but also go the farthest in helping us to defray our production costs. Tickets also make very special gifts for family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances.
- Become a member. Your membership makes you a part of the oldest choral organization in the Sarasota area. No matter what your faith, heritage, or ethnic background, as a member of the chorus you will find peace, renewal of hope, and artistic accomplishment as you perform the beautiful music presented by the Sarasota Choral Society each season.
- Donate or become a sponsor. The Sarasota Choral Society is a 501.c.3 charitable non-profit organization and as such your donations may be tax deductible (less the cost of goods and services, consult your accountant or tax professional to make sure this applies to you).
- Buy a Handel-Bars T-shirt & show your support with style!
- Shop on Amazon.com through AmazonSmile. 0.5% of purchases made through AmazonSmile will be used to help support The Sarasota Choral Society.
- Remember us in your Will. Bequests to The Sarasota Choral Society will leave a lasting legacy of your love for the Arts, in general, and The Sarasota Choral Society, in particular.