Sarasota Choral Society Inc
5317 Fruitville Road
# 147
Sarasota FL 34232
To further promote individual and group singing and choral activities of all kind, nature, and description in Sarasota County, Florida, and in all other parts of the United States of America.
CEO/Executive Director Genevieve Beauchamp
Board Chair Paul Weber
Board Chair Affiliation Retired Teacher
General Info
Organization DBA
The Sarasota Choral Society
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1975
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2018
State Registration Yes May 2018
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS LetterView
Impact Statement
The Choral Society has just completed its 72nd consecutive annual production of the Christmas portion of G. F. Handel's Messiah. This production has been known as Sarasota's traditional kick-off to the Holiday Season for many years. Our performance provide a sense of celebration and well-being to our listeners for the Christmas Season. We have provided financial assistance to members of Sarasota Young Voices for membership, scholarships, and group trips. We have donated CDs and DVDs of our organization and tickets to our performances to area nursing homes and returned servicemen. This year we saw an approximate 30% increase in membership, as well as attendance at our performances. We are actively pursuing means to continue this growth in the future. We are planning a special event for our 75th anniversary performance in 2019.
Needs Statement
  • Underwrite our production costs with a goal of returning to Van Wezel. Currently, it runs about $14,000 to produce Messiah. This cost may be broken down into various subcategories for those who would like to just underwrite a portion of our productions.
  • Increase funding to establish a music scholarship program.
  • Increase membership.
  • Increase the number of Choral Society performances each year.
  • Diversify our performances and increase attendance.
Background Statement

We are a 501.c.3 not-for-profit charitable organization founded to support choral activities of all kind. The group was loosely organized in the mid-1930s, took its present form and started performing Handel's Messiah in 1944. Membership is open to anyone interested in music, choral singing in particular, and we do not discriminate against any race, creed, color, or religious affiliation. Members range in age from 10 years old up to in their 80's, and some have been members for 40 years or more. Our members come not only from the Sarasota area but quite a few drive from Tampa, St. Pete, Arcadia, North Port, Port Charlotte, and other areas as well.
The Sarasota Choral Society is comprised of two arms: The Sarasota Choral Society, Inc. which deals with the logistics and functions of choral performance, and The Sarasota Choral Society Foundation, Inc. which controls and disburses charitable funds and scholarships.

Currently, we perform the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah around the first weekend in December of each year. We are looking to expand our performances to 2 or 3 a year with an event in the spring and one in the summer. Choral Society performances have been favorably compared to larger organizations based in major metropolitan areas and we work hard to present the highest quality production possible in every performance. The all volunteer chorus varies in number each year but has as many as 300 voices performing on stage and the Christmas performance features a full orchestra, organ, and world-class professional soloists.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
FL- DeSoto
Areas Served Comments
Persons drive from Tampa, St. Pete, Arcadia, Venice, Ft. Myers, and towns in between to sing in the Sarasota Choral Society's chorus. Our audiences have included persons from Britain, Sweden, Germany, France, Canada as well as locals to give our performances a very international flair.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

Dear Friends,

It is an honor for me to spend this afternoon with you in celebrating the humble birth of a child who brought peace and hope to our world. I sincerely wish that the words you will hear today, put to music so powerfully by Handel, will continue to stay with you in this season of fast paced activities. I cannot give enough thanks to the board of directors of the Sarasota Choral Society, who work tirelessly to make this annual event a successful one. It always brings me such joy to work with the very dedicated SCS singers who return every year, and also to welcome our many new singers. It is so exciting to see our organization grow year after year, and it is my sincere hope that the Sarasota Choral Society will continue to provide this uplifting tradition for many years to come.

 May the spirit of Christmas be with you and your family!

 Joyeux Noël!



The Sarasota Choral Society announces its 73rd consecutive annual production of the Christmas portion of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah: A Sacred Oratorio at Church of the Palms in Sarasota, 4 pm on December 9, 2017. The performance will feature a chamber orchestra of select musicians many of whom are principal players from the Sarasota Orchestra, organ accompaniment, four world-class soloists, and The Sarasota Choral Society chorus. Led by Artistic Director Geneviève Beauchamp, the organization has been favorably compared with other such productions from major metropolitan areas. Dr. Jonathan Spivey will be returning on the organ. A prelude given by Sarasota Young Voices (SYV) is planned. Tickets will go on sale in late October for the performance at 4:00 pm, and are usually available at  Twice’s Nice (366-2188), Church of the Palms office, and from any Sarasota Choral Society member.

Budget $19,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Families
Short Term Success
Promote peace and understanding of the Holiday Season. Provide an enjoyable occasion for families, music aficianados, nursing home residents, and returning servicemen.
Long Term Success
Increases in chorus membership each year and performance ticket sales. Increase funding for scholarship program.
Program Success Monitoring
Number of chorus members.
Ticket sales.
Newspaper reviews.
Attendee comments.
Program Success Examples
Review of last year's performance in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Tickets sold out.
Positive comments from concert goers.
Program Comments by Organization
Our production of the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah has been a Sarasota tradition unbroken each year since 1944. With the cost of venues and other facets of production increasing annually we have been able to continue to bring these first-class performances to the public at very affordable ticket prices.  We are currently looking to find corporate/individual sponsors and grants from other organizations to help us offset these expenses and initiate some new programs, not the least is a scholarship program to benefit area youth in their music education.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Genevieve Beauchamp
CEO Term Start Jan 2009
CEO/Executive Director Email

Geneviève Beauchamp is very pleased to lead the Sarasota Choral Society as Artistic Director. She is  the Founder and Artistic Director of Sarasota Young Voices, a community children’s choir that serves Sarasota and Manatee Counties. SYV was established in 2007 and now has over 80 singers, ages 5-18. The choir recently traveled to Vancouver, Canada, to the Coastal Sound International Choral Festival. The children have sung in New Orleans' St. Louis Cathedral and also participated in a Choral Music Experience festival in North Carolina. They have worked with Rollo Dilworth, Nick Page, Gwyneth Walker, Henry Leck and Bob Chilcott. The group has collaborated with all of Sarasota's major ensembles, including the Sarasota Orchestra, Gloria Musicae and Key Chorale.
Ms. Beauchamp has been an accompanist and choir director with the Tampa Bay Children’s Chorus for several years, which was founded by Dr. Averill Summer, with whom she has traveled to Scotland, England, and Canada. She has also directed a choir at Booker High School for a year.

Ms. Beauchamp received an Master's Degree in Piano Performance from the University of South Florida and a Bachelor's in Music from the Université de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada. An active pianist, she has been a national finalist in the Canadian Music Competition in 2000, a participant in the Nina Wideman Piano Concerto Competition and the winner of the 2002 USF Concerto Competition. She was the recipient of the 2001 Jacques Abram Memorial Piano Award and the 2002 Outstanding Merit Award in Piano. She shares her love of music with her husband William and their two daughters, Ariane and Daphne.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Dr. Julia W. Rohr Jan 1956 - Jan 1995
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 21
Volunteers 87
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
  • Sarasota Young Voices
  • Sarasota Pops Orchestra
  • Bee Ridge Presbyterian Church
  • St. Armands Key Lutheran Church
  • Pine Shores Presbyterian Church
  • Church of the Palms Presbyterian Church
  • Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
  • Neel Performing Arts Center
  • Epiphany Cathedral
  • Bahia Vista Mennonite Church
  • John & Mable Ringling Museum
  • First Baptist Church
  • First Methodist Church
  • Sarasota Exhibition Center
  • Florida West Coast Symphony Orchestra
Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County2010
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Proclamation - Sarasota Choral Society DayCity of Sarasota2004
Proclamation - Sarasota Choral Society's 60th Anniversary PerformanceSarasota County2004
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
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 Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Paul Weber
Company Affiliation Retired Teacher
Board Term Oct 2008 to Sept 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Debye Bernard Twice's Nice
Tiffany Chatzistamatis Housewife
Vasilios "Bill" Chatzistamatis I.T. Professional
Kathy Dotson Volunteer
Karen Files Community Volunteer
Jane Hayward Artist/Community Volunteer
Joseph Hochadel Community Volunteer
Gertrude Mueller Keiser University
A. Ingemar Persson Self-Employed
Vince A. Vance NetJets Aviation, Inc.
Carol Ann Vasile Community Volunteer
Paul Weber Retired Teacher
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 5
Female 7
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Oct
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month Sept
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $23,000.00
Projected Expenses $20,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Form 990-N2012
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$14,070$19,357$13,345
Administration Expense$4,791$1,315$683
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.251.111.37
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%94%95%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$0$0$11,765
Current Assets$0$0$11,765
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$11,765
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountTicket Sales $18,986Ticket Sales $16,973Ticket Sales $13,660
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $2,495Contributions, gifts, grants $3,111Contributions, gifts, grants $3,015
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $1,844Membership Dues $2,723Membership Dues $2,440
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets----0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
The only members/staff that receive payment are the Artistic Director, musicians, and soloists. Other than the hiring of musicians and performing artists, the rest of the work done on behalf of The Sarasota Choral Society is done by unpaid volunteers. We do not keep office space or have other kinds of expensive overhead. Therefore, almost all of our expenses go to meet the costs of our productions. Donors may be confident that any gifts/charitable donations will be used in ways that will directly benefit our productions and programs.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from financial compilations as the nonprofit files Federal Form 990-N.
Nonprofit Sarasota Choral Society Inc
Address 5317 Fruitville Road
# 147
Sarasota, FL 34232
Phone 941 343-9894