Musica Sacra Cantorium 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
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2010
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Oct 2016
State Registration Yes May 2017
IRS Letter of Determination
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Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $35,000.00
Projected Expenses $33,000.00
Impact Statement
1. The Summer Sing which has become a tradition for MSC brought many new faces and voices for a day of rehearsal followed by an early evening performance. The singers read through and rehearsed Schubert;s Mass in G in preperaitn for the presentation that evening. 
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 facilites 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 an 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.
 
Needs Statement
1. Volunteers are a treasure to any organization. We have a good base of volunteers but would like to find a person to be the overseer of the box office and ushers. Someone who would lead and direct them thereby freeing up the singers who currently take on that responsibility.
2. Volunteer Board  members from the community.
3. Orchestra for one performance - $2,000
4. Producer for our first professionally produced CD featuring world renowned harpist Ann Hobson Pilot - $10,000 
 
 
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.  Recognized by its choral peers, MSC has been invited to join forces in major performance and civic events such as the annual Lakewood Ranch "Ovation" event celebrating the region's cultural gems and the April 3, 2014 "Music Makes Community" celebration of Jewish composers performed at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center.  Audience feedback and professional reviews consistently praise Musica Sacra Cantorum for its entertaining, educations and inspirational performances already making a significant contribution to the rich cultural landscape of the region.
 
In the mere five years of its existence, Musica Sacra Cantorum 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. Our obligations while in residence required daily services of Choral Evensong (a service which requires choirs to perform a new anthem, psalm setting, Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis each day.) In addition, we also served at the Sunday Eucharist with more than 1000 persons attending.
 
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. This past season we presented Gabriel Fauré's original setting of his Requiem as well as the regional premier of British composer Chris Williams' "Tsunami Requiem" for mixed choir, brass choir and children's choir.
 
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 addressing sustainability.  The operations of MSC 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 MSC are entirely performed voluntarily by its members.  The Artistic Director creates our programming and prepares the ensemble for performances.  The Development Director seeks funding and outreach opportunities. This year the Voices of MSC will be branching out with "Command Engagement Opportunites". If you are having a special event and are in the need of a small vocal ensemble we are available. 
 
 Musica Sacra Cantorum 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 and longing that unite and inspire humanity.
 
Programs
Description
1 Sarasota Summer Music Festival - Vivaldi's "Gloria" and Durante's "Magnificat". . The Festival Singers, MSC members and singers from the community will  rehearse in the afternoon and perform the works in the evening.  They will be accompanied by harpsichord and cello. 
2. This Day - John Rutter's "Gloria" and Daniel Pinkham's " Christmas Cantata" with Dr. Ann Stephenson on organ and brass instrumentalists with highlight the program. Other works by Rutter,  Gjello, Lauridsen, Tavener will round out the program.
3. Durufle/Poulenc - MSC performs the magnificent Durufle "Requiem". Poulenc's Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strins in g minor will be performed by Dr. Ann Stephenson-Moe on the Nichols and Simpson organ and with instrumentalists from Sarasota.
4. Baroque Gems - The instrumental ensemble, Camarata, will accompany the chorus in twe featured works., JS Bach's "Ich hab in Gottes harz und sinn" and G Carissimi's "Histonia di Jefphie".  
Budget $35,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success Audience appreciation of performances of the early masters will be measured by the response and returning attendees.
Long Term Success Long term success will be measured by the increase in attendees and supporters of the endeavors of MSC.
Program Success Monitoring Surveys, e-mails and social media. 
Program Success Examples Audience Surveys are the largest measure of the success of the programming.
Comments
Program 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.
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
Craig Carroll Self Employed Musician
James Hunder Retired
Jane Hunder Director of Music, St Armands Lutheran Church
Carmen Letelier Retired
Richard Lilley Retired
Nancy Morris Insurance Agent and Financial Consultant
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 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Board Meeting Attendance % 91
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 95
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 Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $35,000.00
Projected Expenses $33,000.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
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
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$13,057$22,035$17,884
Administration Expense$968$1,128$1,402
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.001.000.80
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%95%93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$0$4,621$2,259
Current Assets$0$4,621$2,259
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$4,621$2,259
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $7,705Contributions, gifts, grants $12,230Tickets $6,388
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountTicket Sales $4,616Ticket Sales $7,973Contributions, gifts, grants $4,288
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $900Fundraising $1,443Fundraising $2,328
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets--0%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 Cantorium Inc
Address P O Box 50581
Sarasota, FL 34232
Phone 941 405-7322

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