Belle Canto Inc.
8148 36th Street East
Sarasota FL 34243-6312
To share a passionate celebration of women's voices to entertain, enrich, inspire and educate audiences with the finest choral repertoire through diverse and creative programming.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Affiliation VOLUNTER
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2010
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Mar 2019
State Registration 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement
Spring, 2013:
Singspiration III concert in honor of Nat'l Women's History Month bringing together Sarasota Young Voices, the Chroma Quartet, composer Gwyneth Walker, and Georgia Court of Bookstore 1 in sarasota.
Belle Canto was asked to sing at the Kick-Off celebration for Poetry Life in May. Belle Canto is very proud to have worked with the Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota this year.  During 4 sessions in February and March, our Director, Elizabeth Goldstein and the director of Sarasota Young Voices, Genevieve Beauchamp worked with a small group of girls on a piece that would be performed at our "Singspiration" concert on March 9.  The piece, "Letters From A Girls to the World." The girls were encouraged to write about their hopes and dreams for the future.  These were added as speaking parts during a performance at the club.  The girls were also invited to perform with SYV and Belle Canto.
Fall, 2014:
On November 9, Belle Canto once again collaborated with The Jazz Trio from First Church in Sarasota. "Hit Me With A Hot Note," a concert featuring both Blues and Jazz standards was a benefit concert for Family Promise of Sarasota.  $1000 was raised and donated to Family Promise.
January, 2015:  Belle Canto received at $2000 grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota, John J. Weiss Memorial Fund for a complete redesign of our website. has been completed and is up and running.  Grants were  also received from the Sarasota Music Club and The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota.  
Spring, 2015
Belle Canto and Sarasota Young Voices joined by the Chroma Quartet, presented, Singspiration IV: Salute To Spring.  
Fall, 2015: On Sunday evening, November 8, Belle Canto and The First Jazz Trio collaborated for the 3rd year to present "Belles On Broadway" featuring many jazzy Broadway favorites.  This concert marked the 2nd benefit concert for Sarasota Family Promise.  
January, 2016:  Belles On Broadway was once again presented for the Sarasota Music Club and The Fine Arts Society of Sarasota.  Belle Canto received grants from both clubs earlier in the year.  In March, Belle Canto presented its annual Singpiration Concert "If Music Be The Food Of Love" with the beautiful voices of Booker High School's VPA Women's Chorus.
Needs Statement
Funding for Apprentice Program:   Belle Canto would like to develop an apprentice program for talented high school singers.  We are looking to begin the program in the Fall of 2016.  The goal is to audition and accept 4 singers for the 2016-2017 season.  Apprentices will be paid for rehearsals and for concerts during the season.  $330 will underwrite the cost of one apprentice.  
Increase our music library: A gift of $135 provide enough copies of a new piece of music for our singers, conductor and pianist and additional musicians.
Create a professional CD and/or DVD to be used as marketing tools. Belle Canto is looking to expand our presence both regionally and nationally.  
Provide for income for collaborators: A gift of $300 underwrites our pianist, one additional musician, or a guest conductor for one concert. 
New Board members: We are looking for additional board members from the community who can help Belle Canto grow and increase our visibility. 
Background Statement
Belle Canto was formed in the fall of 2009 by conductor and artistic director, Elizabeth Goldstein, when she realized that there was no group in Sarasota dedicated to the presentation of repertoire for the female voice. She contacted some of the best singers in town, and within a very few months, Belle Canto was formed, and gave its first concert in December of 2009 at First United Methodist Church, Sarasota. The group started with under 15 members, but grew in size and reputation rapidly. They perform music that includes sacred, opera, gospel, Broadway, and pop. We have  grown from a small group of 12 singers to 21, and have given concerts in Sarasota, North Port and Ft. Myers, FL. We have received rave reviews in the Herald Tribune and Observer newspapers. Our collaborations have included famed composer Dr. Gwyneth Walker, the North Port High School Women's Ensemble, the Chroma Quartet, musicians from the Sarasota Orchestra,  the trainee dancers of the Sarasota Ballet and Sarasota Young Voices.  
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL- Charlotte
FL- Lee
Areas Served Comments
Belle Canto has performed in Sarasota County from the Historic Asolo in North Sarasota to Holly Hall downtown, North Port Performing Arts Center in South County, and in spring of 2013 an added performance in Fort Myers. We also performed on Ana Maria Island.  We plan to expand our scope in the coming years as opportunites are presented.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Belle Canto women's vocal ensemble arose from a need within the community for performance of a unique repertoire. From it's first concert, we have been a huge success and our numbers have grown with our reputation. Rehearsals are hard work but filled with joy and comraderie. We are trying to increase awareness within Sarasota with added PR, and increase donations with the creation of an up-to-date email list. We are an all-volunteer group, and all members assist with activities to the extent they can.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Belle Canto is an all-volunteer organization with the exception of fees paid to our accompanist and guest instrumentalists. Belle Canto has a unique opportunity to perform wonderful music created for the female voice, but more importantly, can also heighten awareness in the general public about the importance of women in our history. That is why every March, during Nat'l Women's History Month, we present a concert that features famous women in science, technology, art, dance and music and public service. We also distribute educational materials about these great women to the Sarasota and Manatee County School system music teachers so that they can teach students about these women and, hopefully, bring them to our concerts.
Belle Canto performs a Singspiration concert every March to celebrate National Women's History Month. 
2012- Collaboration with renowned composer Dr. Gwyneth Walker and the Advanced Women's Chorus of North Port High School performed in downtown Sarasota and North Port Performing Arts Center.
2013- Collaboration with Sarasota Ballet's trainee dancers and Chroma Quartet. Women honorees included scientist Marie Curie, astronaut Sally Ride, composer Nadia Boulanger, and dancer Margot Fontayne.
2014- Collaboration with renowned composer Dr. Gwyneth Walker and Sarasota Young Voices directed by Genevieve Beauchamp, March 9, 2014. 
"Singspiration III…. And Then There Was Music," will highlight women poets including May Swenson and Sara Teasdale, and the music inspired by their words.  
2015-Collaboration with Sarasota Young Voices and Chroma Quartet,  "A Salute to Spring" April 19.  Works by Debussy, Boulanger, Gwyneth Walker, and Joan Szymko's "Woman Am I" will be performed.   
Budget $4,500
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adults Other Economic Level
Short Term Success
1. Mentoring local youth helps build a strong generation of women passionate about the performing arts.
2. Performances are widely accessable as we continue to bring a range of music and performances to the public.
3. Concerts increase appreciation of the importance of women in the creative arts.
Long Term Success
1. Choir students benefit from mentoring by Belle Canto members and are better prepared for performance.
2. Audiences enjoy an evening of music while understanding and appreciating the impact women have in the arts.
3. Members of Belle Canto benefit from the experience of mentoring young women.
Program Success Monitoring
Belle Canto members and collaborators are surveyed about a variety of questions relating to their experience.
Program Success Examples
1. Both Belle Canto performers and collaborators expressed enthusiasm about their experience.
2. A strong mentoring partnership was formed with the North Port High School Advanced Women's Chorous.
3. The Singspiration concert recieved a very positive review in the Herald Tribune.
In keeping with our mission of bringing varied music styles to the public to both entertain and educate, Belle Canto will present an all new blues and Jazz program, "Belles Sing The Blues."   Our collaborators, the First Church Jazz Trio, also performs monthly at First United Methodist Church in downtown Sarasota. Tickets prices will be kept moderate to make the concert accessible to all who wish to attend. 
Budget $1,095
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years) General/Unspecified
Short Term Success
We hope for a well-attended, successful concert.
Long Term Success
Our hope is that concert goers in Sarasota continue to learn to appreciate even more the fine choral repertoire being written for female voices.
Program Success Monitoring
The Board always evaluates concerts for their quality, attendance and benefits to the community.
Program Success Examples
A positive review from the newspaper is helpful, as well as attendee positive comments about their enjoyment in discovering and hearing new and familiar musical works.
Description This fall, Belle Canto will once again collaborate with the First Church Jazz Trio, (Tommy Goodman, Dominic Mancini, Johnny Moore) in a program entitled, "Hit Me With A Hot Note!"  This all new jazz and blues favorites concert will feature "I Got Rhythm," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "Java Jive," and so many more all-time hits.   Two evening concerts will be performed, November 9, 2014 at 6 PM at First Church in Sarasota, and November 13, 2014 at Bay Village.  Our November 9th concert will be a benefit concert for Family Promise Sarasota. 
Budget $1,095
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Adults Adults
Short Term Success Success would mean that our concerts are well attended and that there are many positive comments.  
Long Term Success Our hope is that those who attend our concerts will learn to appreciate and/or grow in their appreciation of the beautiful sound of the female vocal ensemble and the fine choral repertoire written for the female voice.  
Program Success Monitoring A positive review in the newspaper is one way of determining how our program is working.  Belle Canto has also developed an audience survey that has been and will be included in all future programs. 
Program Success Examples Increased audience attendance 
Description Sarasota's Premier Women's Vocal Ensemble joins forces with the Michael Ross Quartet, to present Cool Jazz by Red Hot Blues in November.  Proceeds from the concert, held in conjunction with the annual Giving Hunger the Blues Festival, are donated to Mayor's Feed the Hungry Program.  Part of a two-week long Inspire Sarasota celebration focusing on the arts in Sarasota.  
Budget $1,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Families Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success
Part of the mission of Belle Canto is to provide diverse and creative programming.  For the past four years, our fall concerts have been geared toward presenting broadway, blues, and jazz repertoire.  These programs have been quite popular.  A more classical program has been presented in the spring. Audience comments have been very positive and appreciate the different programming.  
Presenting diverse and creative programming also challenges our singers who continue to grow musically.  
Long Term Success Our goal is to build our audience and for our concerts to be well attended.  We strive to collaborate with other arts organizations in the area as well as mentor and collaborate with young singers. We have collaborated with both the First Church Jazz Trio and The Michael Ross quartet, as well as Sarasota Young Voices, North Port High School, and Booker High School.  The long term success of Belle Canto is dependent on our audience and our donors.  
Program Success Monitoring Part of the mission of Belle Canto is to educate our audiences.   During each concert, the audience does not only listen to beautiful music.  There are comments about the music; the composers or arrangers, a link to the history of the times in which the music was composed, presentation of visuals-could be a portrait or a painting from the same era, discussion of the lyrics and what they mean-why they were chosen.  There is an audience survey at every concert and many have commented positively about this kind of music education.  
Program Success Examples
Success is measured in several ways:  Comments from our audiences, which are overwhelmingly positive, and comments from the participants themselves.   In addition to Jazz musicians, we have collaborated with many musicians from the Sarasota Orchestra.  One of the comments we constantly receive from both is what a joy it was to play at our concerts!  They collaborate with us year after year.  We also worked with American Composer, Gwyneth Walker, for several  years.  Along with Sarasota Young Voices,  we premiered two of her pieces.  We have had requests from high schools in the area to collaborate.  The singers, all volunteer, spend many hours practicing and preparing because of their love of singing and the joy that singing with Belle Canto brings.  
Program Comments by Organization    Our greatest challenge is how to fund our concerts.  We perform as a paid group for our concerts, which enables us to pay our accompanist and other groups with whom we collaborate.  We also charge members dues to cover basic cost of music.   Grants from private and public donors help to cover the rest of our expenses.  
   We also hope to one day be able to pay our conductor and  hire a part-time paid executive director. For now, the Board of Directors take on most of the responsibilities for the organization.  
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email
Experience Helene Levin, a retired music educator, holds teaching certificates from New York State, New Jersey, and Florida.  She taught music in the public schools for 40 years. She has been involved in several arts organizations including the Fine Arts Society of Sarasota and is a member of the Arts and Cultural Alliance Education Task Force.  Helene has sung with several major choruses and  is a member of Belle Canto.  
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Ms. Judy Sokal May 2010 - May 2014
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 30
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
March, 2012: Collaboration with North Port High School Advanced Women's Chorus and composer Gwyneth Walker celebrating Women's History Month
March, 2013: Collaboration with Chroma Quartet, Sarasota Ballet Trainees, Dr. Gwyneth Walker celebrating Women's History Month
November,  2013 and November, 2014:  Collaboration with the First Church Jazz Trio presenting Blues and Jazz concerts.
February-March 2014: 4 Week collaboration with Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota. 
March,  2014 and April, 2015: Collaboration with  Chroma Quartet, Sarasota Young Voices, and composer Dr. Gwyneth Walker celebrating Women's History Month
November 2015:  Third collaboration with the First Church Jazz Trio, "Belles On Broadway.  Benefit concert for Sarasota Family Promise.  
March 2016 Collaboration with the women of Booker High School's VPA Chorus," If Music Be The Food Of Love." 
Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization We look forward to the time when, through development, we will have sufficient funds to pay a part-time executive director, and thus remove some burdens from board members. We also look forward to a permanent funding stream for the Artistic Director.
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
We encourage you visit our newly designed website, to hear a variety of songs performed by Belle Canto.  Our website redesign was made possible by a grant from the Sarasota Community Foundation and the John J. Weiss Memorial Fund.  
Board Chair
Company Affiliation VOLUNTER
Board Term May 2013 to May 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. Randi Brodsky Community Volunteer
Ms Julie Friedman retired
Ms Gail Hagenah retired
Ms. Helene Levin Volunteer
Ms Betsy Marx community volunteer
Ms. Janet Nagourney community Volunteeer
Ms Sue Shepard community volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 0
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 92
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 55
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Governance Comments by Organization We do not have a paid CEO/Exec Director. The Board carries out the functions of an exec. director.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $10,500.00
Projected Expenses $10,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
990 - N2017
990 - N2016
990- N2015
990-N 20142014
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$5,707$9,034$8,082
Administration Expense$2,638$446$190
Fundraising Expense$0$0$164
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.361.211.41
Program Expense/Total Expenses68%95%96%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$0$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $7,845Contributions, gifts, grants $9,073Contributions, gifts, grants $6,992
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountConcert Fees $2,200Membership Dues $1,237Concert Fees $3,300
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $1,275Concert Fees $900Membership Dues $1,250
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets------
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Thus far, Belle Canto has been funded through singer dues, private donations, fees from concerts and grants. But in order to grow and provide income for our Artistic Director and a part-time Exec. Director, we need to expand our development. That is being worked on currently as part of our short and long term strategic planning.
Financial Comments by Foundation
This organization has revenues of less than $20,000 and files a 990-N, which does not provide a breakdown of expenses and revenue; however, for calendar 2013 - 2015 they have provided an unaudited P&L.  No balance sheet information has been provided for 2016.
Nonprofit Belle Canto Inc.
Address 8148 36th Street East
Sarasota, FL 6312
Phone 941 400-2152