Gloria Musicae Inc
PO Box 52987
Sarasota FL 34232

Gloria Musicae, Sarasota's professional vocal ensemble, celebrates the excellence of choral music through innovative, stimulating performances and educational outreach.

CEO/Executive Director Susan Burke
Board Chair Charles Chauncey
Board Chair Affiliation Retired, Chakra Communications
General Info
Organization DBA
Supported Organization
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1981
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2015
State Registration 0
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $186,000.00
Projected Expenses $183,000.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement

Past Year Accomplishments:

- Gloria Musicae played a leading role in recruiting and rehearsing singers for "Summon the Heroes" at the Van Wezel, the concert series held on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks. Dr. Joseph Holt, Artistic Director, led a similar recruitment effort for Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the Sarasota Orchestra on February 2013.

- On April 28, 2014, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Gloria Musicae presented Voices of the Holocaust in collaboration with the Sarasota Jewish Chorale, Sarasota Young Voices, Booker High School Music Program, Sarasota-Manatee Dance Alliance and the Chroma Quartet.

- In November 2014, Gloria Musicae collaborated with Sarasota Young Voices and the Gulf Coast Community Choir to present In Thanksgiving, which coincided with the beginning of the Season of Sharing.

Current Goals

- Continuing to attract larger and more diverse audiences

- Continuing and expanding our role as a voice for the community by presenting music that strengthens our community.

- Broadening our youth apprentice singer program

- Collaborating more extensively with other area arts organizations (including Sarasota Orchestra and the Sarasota Young Voices)

- Establishing an endowment for future financial stability.

Needs Statement

Programming Support: Producing innovative programming of the highest artistic quality involved rehearsal time for our singers, hiring musicians to accompany and hiring venues in which we perform. A $500 contribution would support one singer's preparation and performance in one concert.

Board Members: Gloria Musicae is looking for board members who will bring a fresh, creative outlook on advancing choral music in the Sarasota/Manatee region. Board members must be committed to Gloria Musicae's mission of choral excellence and should serve as stewards of its financial resources.

Volunteers: Gloria Musicae needs volunteers of varied abilities, particularly those who would be willing to assist on concert evenings or those with experience in website maintenance, graphic design, or public relations.

Student Apprentice Singers: Student apprentices are aged 18-24 become members of Gloria Musicae for a full season. They gain performance experience, work with internationally-renowned soloists, and learn under the direction of Dr. Joseph Holt. A donation of $3,500 would underwrite an apprentice for an entire season.

Music Purchases: Gloria Musicae's unique concert offerings require the purchase of music. $4,000 covers our music purchases for one season. Our extensive library is available for loan to any non-profit choral organization.

Background Statement

Gloria Musicae, the Sarasota-based professional vocal ensemble, celebrates the excellence of choral music through innovative, stimulating performances that both educate and entertain the public. Arden Fowler founded Gloria Musicae in 1979. Ms. Fowler, new to Sarasota at the time, noticed a lack of opportunities for professional choral singers, and together with Ann Stephenson-Moe and George Bledsoe, began recruiting singers from around the area to form the first professional chorus in the southeast United States. Gloria Musicae is comprised of classically trained, auditioned singers performing music from a broad spectrum of the choral literature. Their repertoire spans four centuries and includes major works with orchestra, intimate madrigals, church motets, folk songs, close-harmony jazz, and Broadway show music. The ensemble also specializes in premiere performances of lesser-known choral works, particularly those works by living American composers. Gloria Musicae has performed premieres by Rene Clausen, Dick Hyman, Robert Levin, Gwyneth Walker, and Jim Grant.

In recent years, Gloria Musicae has performed around Florida, the United States and Canada, and throughout Europe. In the summer of 2012, Gloria Musicae and artistic director, Dr. Joseph Holt, participated in the Amalfi Coast Music Festival, where they performed the European premiere of Rene Clausen's "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere." In the 2011-2012 season, Gloria Musicae performed for the first time with the prestigious Sarasota Orchestra. The ensemble has been featured on WUSF and WEDU television, as well as at American Choral Directors Association conferences. Eminent choral directors such as Gregg Smith, Don V. Moses, John Motley, and Hugh Ross have conducted Gloria Musicae in past years. Former artistic directors include George Bledsoe, Dr. Daniel Moe, Dr. Stephen Hodge, Dr. David L. Brunner, Alfred Gershfeld, and Dr. Elwood Smith. For thirty-five seasons, the singers have continued the group's tradition of elegance and excellence in choral music, and their performances have earned them the praise of critics as "an ensemble that does unusual works with consummate skill" (Sarasota Herald Tribune).

Gloria Musicae is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, and is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, the Woman's Exchange of Sarasota, and the Sarasota Tourist Development Council.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
FL- Hillsborough
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Tertiary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Gloria Musicae, music, choral, chorus, Joseph Holt
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Gloria Musicae continues to develop as the premiere professional chorus in the Gulf Coast Area. The engagement of Joseph Holt as Artistic Director, and his work with the group have resulted in higher quality performances and larger audiences than in the past.  In recent years, we hired a Finance Administrator to bring the administration of the group to a more professional level. Consolidation of the administration has enabled GM to concentrate more on the future challenges .  An active Apprentice Program was instituted to enable younger singers to participate in the chorus.

With the support of The Giving Partner and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, we have increased our annual fund raising, increased public awareness of the Chorus, strengthened the Board of Directors, began to develop a strategic plan, and continued to evolve as the premier choral ensemble in the greater Sarasota area.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Gloria Musicae is the only professional chorus in the Sarasota area. Our singers are a varied, diverse, and committed group, and our artistic product is something we are truly proud of. Right now, Gloria Musicae is at the cusp of a new era in its existence. With a wonderful artistic director, a talented roster of performers, and a supportive board, we have the opportunity to become a more visible and integral part of the arts scene in Sarasota. With an increased focus on marketing and a dedication to collaboration and innovation, we can continue bringing the best in choral music to the Gulf Coast. With the help of the Giving Partner and a consulting grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, we have shown the community that we are transparent in our operations, and that your contributions will go directly towards funding the future of the choral art form.
Gloria Musicae typically offers four concerts each year, with a total audience of between 1,500 and 2,000. Programs include the core chorus, internationally renowned soloists and often a full orchestra. Concert programs range from choral masterworks, such as Mozart's "Requiem", to area premieres, such as the premiere of a new choral setting of Longfellow's, "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" and premiere of James Grant's "Such Was the War." Gloria Musicae's performances serve both local and tourist populations.
Additionally, Gloria Musicae collaborates with Sarasota's Artist Concert Series on 3-5 programs.  These programs typically feature Gloria Musicae singers along with other artists in a range of msuical styles from Grieg chorale works to Broadway tributes and popular Christmas music.
Budget $130,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified Adults US& International
Short Term Success By the end of the concert series, 80% of audience members will respond that they plan to attend another choral concert within 12 months. In December 2012, survey comments from those who had never seen a Gloria Musicae performance before included, "It was a wonderful night for us to spend with our children," "We will come again, loyal to the arts!", and "this was an uplifting performance with a wonderful lineup of music."
Long Term Success Gloria Musicae is committed to providing quality choral performances that are audience-accessible, even to those who may not typically attend choral concerts. Choral singing is often an under-appreciated art form, and we choose to program performances that will appeal to populations who haven't attended professional choral concerts in the past. Of ticket buyers for our concerts, at least 10% will not have attended another choral performance in the past year. We track our audience demographics through annual audience surveys that are collected at the conclusion of our performances. We also believe that the increased popularity of our performances will allow us to augment our subscription season with additional concerts over the next 5 years.
Program Success Monitoring We track program success through an analysis of ticket sale trends, feedback from patrons and board members, audience surveys, and media reception. Future programming will be affected by these audience trends.
Program Success Examples
Our ticket sales continue to increase.  We are now utilizing only one venue, First Church in Sarasota, and that has been a large improvement in our program. This year's concerts have attracted highly acclaimed media attention in the Herald Tribune and The Observer. The December concert was a program of holiday music, some of which was familiar, and some of which was unfamiliar. Based on audience surveys, the unfamiliar music was extremely popular among new concertgoers, and attendees appreciated Gloria Musicae's diverse approach to music programming. 
Description Gloria Musicae currently engages four student apprentices (one per voice part) from local high schools and colleges. Students are assigned an experienced mentor within their section and receive scholarship monies for singing with the ensemble. Students also have access to private coaching, if desired, and are featured in showcase events during the season.
Budget $4,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Instruction
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) General/Unspecified
Short Term Success Short term success will be based on individual interviews with student apprentices. Our goal is to provide a professional music experience that young students can't get anywhere else. One of our current apprentice singers has written that she "absolutely loves" singing with Gloria Musicae, and that she looks forward to rehearsals each week. We wish to impart a love of choral music to our student apprentices so that they will continue to sing and participate in choral programs into their adulthood.
Long Term Success Gloria Musicae hopes to supplement the music education of young singers by giving them the opportunity to sing in a professional ensemble. Apprentice singers are encouraged to pursue careers in music and the performing arts. 50% of our apprentice singers will pursue a professional career in the arts.
Program Success Monitoring Program success will be monitored by individual evaluation forms that are given to apprentice singers at the end of each season. Program offerings for the following seasons will be modified based on written feedback from the apprentice singers.We have a selective audition process for apprentice singers, and a strict rehearsal attendance policy. Singers must demonstrate a strong level of commitment to the program in order to continue their involvement.
Program Success Examples
In the 2010-2011 season, two of our high school apprentices went on to pursue degrees in music education at Florida universities. Both apprentices stated that participation in Gloria Musicae showed them how a professional organization operates and allowed them to experience a high level of musical achievement at a young age. In the 2011-2012 season, two additional apprentices also went on to pursue music degrees at universities.  In the current season, one apprentice went to Stetson College to pursue a musical degree and a current high school student, is gaining notoriety in the area through performances with Gloria Musicae.
Program Comments by Organization Our board is working diligently to attract new donors and loyal concert attendees.  We are undertaking an extensive local marketing campaign to attract new audiences. We are also involved in more competitive grant-making this year than in the past. On the artistic side, our singers perform innovative concerts at the highest artistic level.  Through efforts by our Artistic Director, we are developing ongoing relationships and collaborative opportunities with other area arts organizations.  We expect that our passion for singing will continue to be supported in the future. 
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Susan Burke
CEO Term Start July 2014
CEO/Executive Director Email
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Rachel Assi Mar 2011 - Dec 2012
June LeBell July 2006 - July 2010
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 55
Volunteers 20
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
- Sarasota Orchestra: "Wondrous Sounds" (12/2011), "A Tribute to the Boston Pops" (4/2012), "The Planets" (11/2012), "Beethoven 9th Symphony" (2/2013)
- Sarasota Young Voices: "Wondrous Sounds" (12/2011), "A Trio of Choral Ensembles" (5/2012), "Celebrating Humanity" (11/2012)
- Belle Canto: "A Trio of Choral Ensembles" (5/2012)
- Artist Series of Sarasota: Liszt Festival (12/2011) and Carnival! Benefit (2/2011)
- Selby Concert Series: (12/2012)
Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County2013
Chorus American2013
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
GrantWoman's Exchange of Sarasota2012
GrantTourist Development Council of Sarasota2012
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures No
Continuity of Operations Plan
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Management Comments by Organization
Management Comments by Foundation
Board Chair
Board Chair Charles Chauncey
Company Affiliation Retired, Chakra Communications
Board Term Aug 2012 to July 2015
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Sandra Brinker Retired
Kay Brown Retired
Charles Chauncey Buffalo Philharmonic, Retired
Dr. Joseph Holt Artistic Director, Gloria Musicae
William Kimbell Management Consultant
Donald McKee MDPathologist, Retired
Scott Rice Retired Industrialist
Mary Lou Spottswood CPA
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 84
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization
The Board is always looking to expand it members with qualified, responsible and committed individuals who bring management expertise and a love of choral music.
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2014
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $186,000.00
Projected Expenses $183,000.00
Endowment Value
Endowment Spending Policy
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$210,536$129,048$106,355
Administration Expense$34,291$25,903$31,013
Fundraising Expense$410$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.191.121.11
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%83%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$81,992$36,934$18,235
Current Assets$81,992$36,934$18,235
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$840
Total Net Assets$81,992$36,934$17,395
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $151,918Contributions, gifts, grants $102,147Contributions, gifts, grants $92,933
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAdmissions $107,936Program Service Revenue $69,000Program service revenue $40,948
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $30,848Miscellaneous Income $1,985Fundraising $5,553
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities----21.71
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Please note that Gloria Musicae's fiscal year changed from a July 1 start date to an August 1 start date in 2010 to better represent revenues and expenses from July 4 subscription concerts. 
Financial Comments by Foundation
FY changed from 7/1 - 6/30 in 2010 to 8/1-7/31 in 2011. Financials based on IRS Form 990/990-EZ. Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support, as provided in Form 990. IRS Form 990 and audits reconcile. 
Nonprofit Gloria Musicae Inc
Address PO Box 52987
Sarasota, FL 34232
Primary Phone 941 387-6046