Venice Chorale Inc
P.O. Box 1004
VENICE FL 34284-1004
To serve a regional audience by promoting the art of choral singing through vocal excellence and multi-generational education.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Ket Weist
Board Chair Affiliation Educator/Marketing Consultant
General Info
Organization DBA
The Venice Chorale, Exsultate
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2002
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Sept 2018
State Registration Yes Sept 2018
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement

The Venice Chorale was honored to be designated as the resident performing choral group of the new Venice Performing Arts Center in 2014.  We are joined in the VPAC by The Venice Symphony, the Venice Concert Band, and Venice High School performance groups. In the 2014-15 season, we moved into our permanent quarters in the rehearsal building adjacent to the Venice Performing Arts Center (VPAC.)  

Our solo debut in the new performance hall was in early December, 2014.  Our audience numbers were the largest ever, with over 850 tickets sold.  A highlight of our 2014-15 season was the  collaboration with the Venice  Symphony for two sold-out performances of Carl Orff's renowned Carmina Burana.  Venice Gondolier press reports that the performance was "spectacular," and that the the experience was "one of the most exhilarating musical extravaganzas in Venice, maybe ever."
The Youth Chorus continues to grow and develop choral arts skills.  Our Apprentice Program has continued to be successful in attracting talented high school students to sing with Venice Chorale and advance their music training.  Four apprentices were "adopted" last season by individuals and organizations in the community who paid their stipends. 
We continued to make great strides under the direction of our Artistic Director, Peter Madpak during the 2016-17 season.  The concerts featured varied programs of outstanding choral music performed  by the 120-member adult chorus, Youth Chorus, and Venice High School's Le Voci Di Venezia.  The two concerts with the Venice Symphony, "The Holiday Spirit of Venice" and "Gloria," were hugely successful.  In addition, concertgoers enjoyed "From the Stage: Opera to Broadway" in February.  Our Youth Chorale demonstrated remarkable artistry and vocal skills as they performed with the Concert Choir in a moving performance of John Rutter's "Mass for the Children."
Our focus is always on high quality performances of quality vocal literature. 
Needs Statement
  1. Support youth education programs: 1) Expand successful Apprentice program by securing sponsors for up to 10 high school/post high school students @ $700 each; 2) Secure funding of $3,000 to continue our Youth Chorus and to support our new Youth String Ensemble.
  2. Funding for music scores - 2,000.
  3. Underwriting for guest instrumentalist for concerts at $3,000 each.
  4. Secure financial support for facility (VPAC) rental expenses for dress rehearsals and concerts- $6,000.
  5. Obtain funds to support and expand marketing endeavors- $3,000.
Volunteers are always welcome and appreciated to help with tickets, assembling programs, music packets and to serve on Board.
Background Statement

Venice Chorale Exsultate! was formed in 2002 by a group of singers who wanted the addition of a community chorale to the impressive arts scene in the Venice area.   Since its founding, Venice Chorale has provided a dynamic performance venue for all ages, from childhood to late adulthood, which help singers learn and mature musically while participating in the joy of singing.  An early decision was made to pass on the love of great music to students in the Venice Schools.  This decision gave birth to our Apprentice Program shortly after our founding, and the Youth Chorus was added in 2013. 

Exsultate! became known as The Venice Chorale after our inaugural season as the resident choral group of the Venice Performing Arts Center.  The Venice Chorale continues to provide audiences in the surrounding communities with fine choral music of differing genres from the past and present with an entertainment and educational focus to enhance appreciation of music.
While our group is predominately older  singers, we welcome anyone of any age who loves good music and commits to our performance goals; thus, our fourteen-year old tradition of a chorus of mixed ages and excellent singers is preserved and shared. 

In the summer of 2013, the 36-year old Suncoast Chorale of Englewood made the decision to discontinue and its remaining assets were transferred to Exsultate!  With the addition of an expansive music inventory, Venice Chorale now offers a music lending library to area choral groups.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Charlotte
Areas Served Comments Most of our audience for our seasons’ concerts live in Venice or South Sarasota County. Members of audience also come from Manatee, Charlotte, Pinellas and other counties in Florida. Most of our singers live in Sarasota County and some in Charlotte County. Our Apprentice Program is closely connected to the Choral Music Program at Venice High School. The Youth Chorus members attend South County elementary and middle schools, including public, private, and home-schooled students.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

The Venice Chorale members perform a wide spectrum of choral music with the classical tradition as its base. 

The Venice Chorale's holiday concert, "Magnificent Joy: Songs of the Holidays," opens the 2016-17 season.  The highlight of the concert is John Rutter's "Magnificant" with soprano soloist Deborah Polkinghorn-Suta and a chamber orchestra. 
The Chorale will celebrate women composers including Gweneth Walker, Vivian Fine, and Hildegard of Bingen at its mid-winter concert, "Breaking the Glass Ceiling."  The final concert of the season in April is "Life and Landscape" featuring the Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein and the music of Patrick Hawes, Ola Gjeilo, and Eric Whitacre.   
Each concert features the Youth Chorus and Venice High School's La Voci de Veniza.
The Venice Chamber Chorale is a small ensemble of Venice Chorale, serving as our ambassadorial arm.  They present programs to organizations, churches, clubs, and businesses throughout Venice and surrounding communities. 
Budget $50,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Musical Performances
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
Short Term Success
  • Concert attendance has increased over prior years. 
  • Membership and participation have increased. 
  • Community businesses support the chorale through sponsorships.
Long Term Success The Venice Chorale will be a stronger and more visible performing chorale in the Venice community.  The chorale will collaborate with other groups to perform major choral works.  Members will have life-long enjoyment of music.  Audiences will develop greater appreciation of the choral arts.
Program Success Monitoring
  1. Ticket sales, donations, and sponsorship income;  
  2. Concert attendance;   
  3. Audience / member surveys;  
  4. Renewal of season subscribers;  
  5. Artistic Director assessments;  
  6. Collaborations with other arts organizations
Program Success Examples In the past, members of Exsultate (Venice Chorale) have accompanied La Voci to perform at Carnegie Hall.  Our membership of singers has increased to over 120.  The performances of Carmina Burana were sold out.  The comments from patrons and the press were extremely positive following our performances, particularly our joint performance of Carmina.  The chorale benefited from working with the symphony conductor as a symphony chorus.

With a strong commitment to educational outreach, Exsultate! established the Apprentice Program, Seniors Mentoring Juniors, when the chorale was founded.  In partnership with Venice and other local High Schools, this program supports music education and experiences for several students a year by providing a $700. scholarship ($100 a month for the seven months of the chorale season) for each student to sing with the chorale.  The students are selected by audition for the Apprentice Program. Expenditures for music instrumental or vocal lessons, etc. are approved by the Director for reimbursement by the stipend.

Budget $7,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Instruction
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Short Term Success

Short-term successes include:

  • Students enjoy singing in a community ensemble.
  • Adult singers benefit from the energy and quality of the younger musicians.
  • Students continue their music education by private lessons, etc.
Long Term Success

To make music a life-long joy for many young musicians is the ultimate goal of this program.

Program Success Monitoring
  1. Student and parent feed-back of program
  2. Director assessments of individual students and program
  3. Audience surveys
  4. Number of students who continue post-secondary music studies
  5. Increased financial support for apprentice program
Program Success Examples

The number of students who apply for apprentice positions always exceeds the funding that is available.  Even without scholarship funds, several other talented students sing with Exsultate! each season.

Many students have gone on to music careers and some have returned to the Venice community to perform with Exsultate! again.
As one Exsultate! member recently commented, "The  energy they bring to the rehearsals and performances is fantastic!" 
Description Composed of students in fourth to eighth grades from area schools and home-schooled students, the Youth Chorus provides an opportunity to participate in an advanced music program focusing on the art of choral singing.  This program began in the 2013-14 season with twenty students.  Students are selected by audition and perform featured selections at each of the Venice Chorale concerts.  The Youth Chorale demonstrated artistry and  vocal skills last season during the John Rutter "Mass for the Children."  This past summer, the Venice Chorale provided scholarships for five Youth chorus members to attend the Venice Symphony Summer Music Camp.  Donna Ambrose is in her second year as director of this group.  They will collaborate  this season for the first time with the Venice Area Youth String Ensemble (VAYSE).
Budget $4,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Instruction
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short Term Success
  • The initial participation goal was reached in the program's first year.
  • Student attendance at Youth Chorus rehearsals and concert performances has been excellent.
  • Students enjoy performing with each other and with the adult chorale.
Long Term Success To experience the joy of singing and discover the rewards and challenges of choral singing, leading to a life-long enjoyment of choral music is the goal of the program.  This can be achieved by giving students early experiences in quality music instruction.
Program Success Monitoring
  • Parent/Student input and feedback
  • Director assessments
  • Audience surveys
Program Success Examples The Youth Chorus is beginning its fourth season.  It has received rave reviews from the Venice Chorale and Symphony audiences.  With the move into the new Performing Arts Center two years ago,  it is expected that the Youth Chorus will soon have capacity membership.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 2
Volunteers 100
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

The Venice Chorale (Exsulate!) performed as guests of the Venice Symphony in their opening concert in the new Venice Performing Arts Center.  The Venice Symphony and Exsultate! offered a joint performance of the magnificent Carmina Burina in February.  Those attending expressed amazement and pleasure that local arts organizations could tackle such a huge work and do it very well indeed.

During the 2016-17 season, Venice Chorale and Venice Symphony successfully combined forces again to present the holiday concert and the Poulenc "Gloria."
This season, the Youth Chorus will collaborate with the Venice Area Youth String Ensemble (VAYSE). 
Exsultate! performed with the Venice Concert Band in November, 2013 in a concert to honor area veterans.
Other collaborations:
  • Shared advertising with Venice Theatre and Venice Symphony
  • Continuing agreement with Venice High School for rehearsal location and storing music library; Apprentice Program
  • Performing for community groups when requested 
Chorus of America
Venice Area Chamber of Commerce
Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Crime Coverage
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted
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 Ket Weist
Company Affiliation Educator/Marketing Consultant
Board Term Apr 2017 to Apr 2020
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Annette Ballou Venice Chorale Pres. and Retired Educator
Tom Davis retired education administrator
Ki Hassler Community Volunteer
John Hazeltine Business person, community volunteer
Peter Madpak The Venice Chorale Artistic Director
Larry Patton Community Volunteer
Susan Stewart community volunteer
Jean Trammell Community Volunteer and Non-profit consultant, Past Pres.
Ket Weist Educator/Marketing Consultant
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Gender
Male 5
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month July
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month June
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $61,917.00
Projected Expenses $61,885.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $20,500.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$45,287$49,314$43,902
Administration Expense$4,552$3,784$5,084
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.350.911.07
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%93%90%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$35,509$25,992$32,500
Current Assets$35,509$25,992$32,500
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$523$1,881$3,546
Total Net Assets$34,986$24,111$28,954
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $35,211Program Service Revenue $26,062Program Service Revenue $24,356
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $25,432Contributions, gifts, grants $21,912Contributions, gifts, grants $24,081
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $6,600Membership Dues $225Membership Dues $3,871
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities67.8913.829.17
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990-EZ.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Venice Chorale Inc
Address P.O. Box 1004
VENICE , FL 34284 1004
Phone 941 484-8491