Musica Sacra Cantorum Inc
P O Box 50581
Sarasota FL 34232
Mission

Musica Sacra Cantorum is dedicated to the performance and promotion of sacred choral music from many sources, historic era and nationalities to the widest possible audience in and around the Florida Gulf Coast region.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Nancy A Morrisi
Board Chair Affiliation Retired
General Info
Organization DBA
DBA
Musica Sacra Cantorum
Musica Sacra of Sarasota
Musica Sacra Sarasota
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2010
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Oct 2017
State Registration Yes May 2018
Financial Summary
 
 
IRS Letter of Determination
Name
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Impact Statement
1. The Summer Sing events which have become a tradition for MSC brought many new faces and voices together. The singers read through and rehearsed the “Faure Requiem” directed by Dr. Robert Parrish in June 2017. Greg Chestnut was our guest director in August for the “Rutter Requiem”. This outreach provides music education and the opportunity to sing new works with friends in the shoulder season. Summer Sing will be part of 2018 with growth being projected for this program.
2. Voices, the professional choir of MSC presented a cabaret style concert with music of the opera and Broadway stage featuring music of a sacred nature such as "Sabbath Prayer" from Fiddler on the Roof". This type of performance was well received by the audience but due to the capacity of the venue it was not financially successful. This would work well as a contracted program for some of the many retirement facilities in the region and is something our marketing team will work on for the future.
3. In January highlighting the season of Epiphany a program titled "The Guiding Light" was presented and well received. The program included the concert version of Gian Carlo Menotti's beloved "Amahl and the Night Visitor". The part of Amahl was performed by a young boy from the choir at the Church of the Redeemer. The remainder of the program featured choral works referring to the Magi's. The texts of the works were many which were written by composers born in the1500-1700 era.
4. A Tuscan Feast was held in September 2017 featuring authentic cuisine prepared by our members as a fundraising event. Entertainment and libations contributed to a successful event and more events are planned for 2018.
5. Orchestral accompaniment for concerts was a wonderful addition to the Musica Sacra Choir directed by Dr. Robert Parrish. Our audiences continued to grow with this addition.
Needs Statement
1. We have a good base of volunteers and want to find a leader to oversee the box office and ushers.
2. Recruit volunteer Board Members from the community.
3. Orchestra for one performance - $5,000.
4. Establish young singers fund for education and development - $2,000.
Background Statement
Founded in 2010, Musica Sacra Cantorum is the only concert choral ensemble in the region devoted solely to the performance and preservation of sacred choral music. Audiences are drawn to sacred music for its beauty and often for its inspiration. Through unlimited explorations across the rich and vast history of all sacred traditions, the ensemble offers audiences a musical experience not often, if ever, heard. The educational possibilities of diverse sacred origins create a unique experience for audiences to learn universal expressions and longing that unite and inspire humanity.
Hailed as "One to watch!" by Herald-Tribune arts critic Richard Storm, in the short period of its existence, MSC has already amassed a repertoire of over 100 works ranging from small to large gems of sacred choral composition. Audience feedback and professional reviews consistently praise Musica Sacra for its entertaining, educational and inspirational performances already making a significant contribution to the rich cultural landscape of the region.
In the seven years of its existence, Musica Sacra has garnered a reputation for being a forward thinking organization. We were chosen through competitive application to serve as Choir in Residence at Lichfield Cathedral, Staffordshire, UK.
In 2013, we presented the 80th Anniversary performance of Ernest Bloch's "Avodath Hakodesh" (Sacred Service), with full orchestra. The work had not been presented in our region for more than 28 years.
Funding remains a challenge and to present these masterworks in the way that they were intended to be heard requires instrumental artists working in collaboration with the choral artists. The costs for instrumental artists remains constant whatever the size of the choral forces working with them. Therefore the small ensemble, such as Musica Sacra Cantorum faces a challenge in gathering the financial means needed to mount these works in the way the audience should hear them. However, we are committed to providing our audiences with the best choral music written with authentic orchestrations, whenever at all possible.
Our post-concert surveys give us comprehensive data on how we meet our goals. Audiences consistently give us high praise for our performances and show that our performances do enrich their lives.
Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments
Musica Sacra Cantorum performs in the greater Sarasota and Manatee county region. 
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Tertiary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

The Board leadership is committed to creating a foundation of financial, artistic and organizational strength as demonstrated in its three-year Strategic Plan which is being updated. The operations of MSS are Sarasota based with weekly rehearsal space at Church of the Redeemer and performances to date mostly in Sarasota venues. Saving overhead costs, the daily operations and concert productions of MSS are entirely performed voluntarily by its members. The Artistic Director creates our programming and prepares the ensemble for performances. The Board seeks funding and outreach opportunities. MSS is available for special events and provides that special touch to entertain your guests.

Musica Sacra is unique among performing arts organizations in our region. Our mission to present and preserve those choral treasures and masterworks created on sacred texts and themes allows us to perform some of the greatest choral masterworks written to date. But, sacred music must not be confused with religious music. The greatest composers in history have frequently turned to sacred texts as the basis for their compositions. Bach to Bloch, Poulenc to Puccini, all have incorporated sacred texts and themes into their masterpieces. Our mission is make these works accessibly to the widest possible audience. In turn, this will help increase our visibility and income from ticket sales in a highly competitive cultural community. Audiences are drawn to sacred music for its beauty and often for its inspiration. Through unlimited explorations across the rich and vast history of all sacred traditions, the ensemble offers audiences a musical experience not often, if ever, heard. The educational possibilities of diverse sacred origins create a unique experience for audiences to learn universal expressions that unite and inspire humanity.

Programs
Description

Summer Sing community outreach is open to the public and provides an opportunity in the “off-season” for education and enjoyment through singing choral works. Two sessions were held prior to October 1st

The Christmas Story: Monday, December 11, 2017

Featuring John Rutter’s Magnificat and Camille Saint Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël. Five soloists with organ, harp and strings with The Musica Sacra Chorus under the direction of Musica Sacra’s Artistic Director, Dr. Robert Parrish. Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota at 7:30 PM.

Hearts Uplifted: Monday, February 26, 2018

First Presbyterian Church of Sarasota is a new venue for Musica Sacra. Neil A. Page is the featured organist at the console of the new Guzowski-Steppe/Walker organ at First Presbyterian Church. Concert includes John Rutter’s Requiem and Edward Elgar’s Sursum corda. Jessica Mary Murphy, a member of the Philadelphia Opera is the solo female voice in the Pie Jesu. Ms. Murphy makes her Florida debut in this performance.

Members of the First Presbyterian Church Choir and musicians from the Sarasota Orchestra and Florida Orchestra join the Musica Sacra Chorus.  Sursum corda by Edward Elgar. This piece was composed in 1894 and showcases the organ as solo instrument within an orchestration of strings, brass, and percussion. Sursum corda means “Lift Up your Hearts” which is truly the inspiration for this concert. First Presbyterian Church of Sarasota, 2050 Oak Street, Sarasota at 7:30 PM.

Budget $18,000
Category
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Families General/Unspecified
Short Term Success
Ticket sales for sold out performances will ensure quality programming.
 
Audience enjoyment and growth of the numbers of people reached by choral music.
 
Cultivation of new donors and opportunity for new singers to join Musica Sacra. 
Long Term Success
Artistic success and continued use of orchestral accompaniment.
 
Ability to perform works that appeal to a larger audience of choral music patrons.
 
Perform additional concerts and provide more educational opportunities. 
Program Success Monitoring
Ticket Sales
 
Audience surveys
 
Web site visitation and online giving 
 
Advertising tracking 
Program Success Examples
Musica Sacra has successfully included orchestral support for works based on audience approval and enjoyment.
 
Orchestra ensemble members are contracted through the Sarasota Orchestra or the Florida Orchestra representing the very best in the region.
Comments
Program Comments by Organization
Challenges are opportunities.  Each challenge faced by MSS is an opportunity for growth, not only as a performing arts ensemble, but as a relevant nonprofit organization enriching the lives of those in our area.  Performing arts organizations throughout our country are facing difficult times in both funding and audience engagement.  Several world-renowned organizations have closed their operations or filed for bankruptcy protection.  MSS will not be among them!  To make us a stronger organization, one which enriches lives, educates, and entertains we have met the funding and audience building challenges head on.  We are updating and reviewing our Strategic Plan and actions needed to reach our goals.  
 
We are committed to serving our region as its preeminent sacred choral ensemble, enriching lives, educating minds, fulfilling spirits and working with other organizations to make our region a better place to live.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Experience


Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Senior Staff
NameTitle
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
Collaborations
This past season we collaborated with the Canterbury Girls Choir of Church of the Redeemer and with the First Brass of Sarasota in presenting a regional premiere of Chris Williams "Tsunami Requiem".
Collaboration with Church of Redeemer Choir and Canterbury Girls Choir in January 2017 presenting Durufle's Requiem 
 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota2012
Chorus of America2010
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
GrantWoman's Exchange of Sarasota2013
GrantFine Arts Society of Sarasota2014
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted May 2014
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Comments
Management Comments by Organization

Developing a Strategic Plan and Organizational Chart was beneficial to the organization but the challenges we face are the personnel to do the tasks necessary for a non profit. Being singers, our goal is to produce the best product in the sound presented to our audiences as well as engaging the audience in our performance. We have an excellent Artistic Director to guide us in meeting that goal, but we lack additional volunteers to carry on some of the tasks that it takes to put on a performance. The current board is working on ways to engage other singers and volunteers to assist in the quest to attain the work laid out on the organizational chart.

Multi-Media Comments by Organization Visitors to our profile are advised that we have a "Listen to us" tab on our website: www.MusicaSacraCantorum.org.  Several excerpts from past performances in mp3 format are available there.  In addition, selections are available for listening at Reverbnation.

 



 




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Board Chair
Board Chair Nancy A Morrisi
Company Affiliation Retired
Board Term June 2016 to June 2017
Board Chair Email nanmorris@comcast.net
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Joy Bennington Retired
James Hunder Retired
Jane Hunder Choral Director
Carmen Letelier Retired
Richard Lilley Retired
Barry Lockard Retired
Nancy Morris Insurance Agent and Financial Consultant
Peggy Olsen Independent Contractor
Dr. Robert E Parrish Artistic Director - Musica Sacra Cantorum
Dr. Ann Stephenson-Moe Church of the Redeemer, Sarasota
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
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
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
By-laws
Production
Membership
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Board Governance
Fiscal Affairs
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization
Challenges are opportunities.  Each challenge faced by MSC is an opportunity for growth, not only as a performing arts ensemble, but as a relevant nonprofit organization enriching the lives of those in our area.  Performing arts organizations throughout our country are facing difficult times in both funding and audience engagement.  Several world-renowned organizations have closed their operations or filed for bankruptcy protection.  MSC will not be among them!  To make us a stronger organization, one which enriches lives, educates, and entertains we have met the funding and audience building challenges head on. We have recently completed a Strategic Plan, which has been implemented and projects needs/actions through to 2017.  It outlines our ongoing goals and clearly delineates actions needed to reach those goals.  We've appointed our first Development Director, an engaging and enthusiastic individual who is committed to doing all needed to get us much needed funding for our programmatic and life-enriching dreams.
 
We are committed to serving our region as its preeminent sacred choral ensemble, enriching lives, educating minds, fulfilling spirits and working with other organizations to make our region a better place to live.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month July
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year End Month June
Fiscal Year End Day 30
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $30,550.00
Projected Expenses $30,235.00
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
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
9902016
9902015
9902014
9902013
2013 - Change of fiscal year2013
9902012
9902011
9902010
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$31,974$13,057$22,035
Administration Expense$5,005$968$1,128
Fundraising Expense$241$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.061.001.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses86%93%95%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$0$0$4,621
Current Assets$0$0$4,621
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$4,621
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $17,653Contributions, gifts, grants $7,705Contributions, gifts, grants $12,230
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $14,055Ticket Sales $4,616Ticket Sales $7,973
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFoundation & Corporate Support $3,869Membership Dues $900Fundraising $1,443
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets----0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

Last season the board chose to eliminate one performance which resulted in lower revenue and expenses for the year. For the upcoming season there are three performances scheduled as well as the "summer sing" we began four years ago. This will be a day of singing for singers and then a performance to the general public in the evening, this year it will be Vivaldi's "Gloria". This venue gives many singers who do not regularly sing with one of the area choral ensembles and opportunity to join in with singers from many of the choral ensembles in Sarasota in reading through a masterwork and then presenting it in concert. 

Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from the organization's financial compilations as the nonprofit files a 990-N with the IRS.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support. 
Nonprofit Musica Sacra Cantorum Inc
Address P O Box 50581
Sarasota, FL 34232
Phone 941 405-7322

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