The Charlotte Chorale Inc
PO BOX 494451
PT CHARLOTTE FL 33949-4451
The mission of the Charlotte Chorale is to enhance, educate, and enrich the lives of all Charlotte County, Florida residents by presenting professional level choral music of all genres.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Richard Vercruysse
Board Chair Ms. Jean Sutton
Board Chair Affiliation Choir Piano Accompanist, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1991
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Oct 2017
State Registration Yes Sept 2017
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination LetterView
Impact Statement
  • Named "Best Performing Arts Group" by readers of Harbor Style magazine, June 2015 and 2016 and 2017
  • Received increased media coverage (Sun Newspapers and Harbor Style Magazine)
  • Extended $1000.00 Scholarship to a High School student, who will continue his/her University education in Music.
  • Increased attendance by ten percent at three major concerts in Charlotte County.
  • Our goal this year is to increase our involvement with the youth of the high schools and middle schools in our area.
  • We hope to accomplish this by providing a scholarship, and to have talented student instrumentalist play at our concerts.
  • Increase the sponsorship and donations given to the Chorale by local businesses and patrons.

  • Increase concert attendance by reaching new demographics.
  • Increase number of singers.
  • Increase sponsorship revenue.
  • Promote availability of small choral groups for performances: "Modulation".
Needs Statement
  1. The number one priority is to underwrite the cost of a full orchestra to accompany the Chorale for major two works at its March , 2018 "Gabrieli to Gershwin" concert. $10,000
  2. Increase ticket sales and sponsorship.
  3. Increase number of singers.
  4. Increase visibility through marketing opportunities. $1,200
  5. Continue supporting students through scholarships and concert performance honorariums. $2,500 
Background Statement
The Charlotte Chorale was founded in 1989 as an offshoot of the Charlotte County Adult and Community Chorus.  The late R. Bruce MacGregor formed the Chorale with 28 singers.  Since then, the Charlotte Chorale has expanded its repertoire to include many classic and symphonic choral pieces as well as a broad selection of contemporary music including show tunes, spirituals, and devotional works.  Today, 65 to 85 dedicated singers share their vocal talents with the Chorale.  The Chorale performs three major concerts annually and other singing engagements such as Fishermen's Village Festival of Lights.  A smaller choral group, Modulation, performs at  special events, luncheons/dinners, private parties and fund raising events.  The Chorale has also committed itself to augmenting musical education experiences available to music students in Charlotte County schools.  With the continuing cooperation of the music faculty of the school system, the Charlotte Chorale assists talented students through scholarships and offers exciting performance opportunities in concerts with the chorale. Students also have the opportunity to create the promotional posters and program covers for each concert. Now in its 28th year, and under the direction of Artistic Director, Dr. William B. Dederer, the Charlotte Chorale provides choral music of the highest quality in performances throughout Charlotte County.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
FL- Sarasota
FL- Lee
FL- DeSoto
Areas Served Comments
The Charlotte Chorale performs professional choral music concerts in Charlotte County, Florida. 
The audience consists of residents of all the surrounding counties, such as Sarasota, Lee, DeSoto. 
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

With great joy and a sense of humility, I embark on this journey as President of The Charlotte Chorale.  I have been a member of The Charlotte Chorale for the past four years and had the honor of serving on the Board of Directors and as the Alto Section leader for the past three years.  We are again under the capable directions of Dr. William Dederer as we look forward to another successful year of providing quality music to our loyal listeners.  I am happy to report that we have again received the honor of being named "Best Performing Arts Group" in Charlotte County, Florida, by Harbor Style magazine for the third consecutive year!  The addition of a professional orchestra to accompany our March 2017 concert was hugely successful and we are eagerly anticipating more of the same for upcoming concerts.  We look forward to supporting our local music students through scholarships and participation as guest instrumentalist.  It is with great excitement that I anticipate the coming season and I am confident that we will continue to improve to the delight of our listeners and supporters!

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Both Dick and Ellen Vercruysse are honored to become the Managing Directors of The Charlotte Chorale.  Having been members of the Chorale for many years, we have enjoyed the discipline required to learn the music for each concert.  Now, in this new capacity, we hope to use our combined varied background experiences to further the growth of the Chorale.  We will strive to promote the wonderful and diversified vocal music throughout the communities surrounding Port Charlotte.  Oh, how proud we are for the Charlotte Chorale to have received the honor of being named the Best (Hottest) Performing Arts Group in Charlotte County by the Harbor Style Magazine for the third year.  We both also look forward to working with our Artistic Director, Dr. William Dederer, and the Board of Directors to further the love of music in the students of our county.  Part of this will be accomplished through the Chorale's scholarship program, and the use of student instrumentalists.  We both look forward to many years of wonderful choral music!
The Charlotte Chorale's program series of three major concerts provides opportunities for people in Charlotte County, Florida to experience three different themed professional choral concerts between the months of December and April.  Each concert is approximately two hours long and begins at 4 pm to minimize night driving for the audience. 
  • All concerts in 2017-18 season will be performed at the Charlotte Performing Arts Center in Punta Gorda.
  • December 9: It's Christmas!
  • March 3: Gabrieli to Gershwin (with orchestra)
  • April 21: The Wonder of Water
  • A benefit concert will be held on January 14 with  Yesterday, A Beatles Tribute Band, which hopefully appeals to many of  the citizens of Charlotte County and surrounding areas. It will take place at the Charlotte Conference and Event Center, at 4:00 PM.
Budget $87,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Music Performances Presenting
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens General/Unspecified
Short Term Success
The Chorale's 2016-17 concert season was a success with many repeat patrons and new ones attending the three concerts. Of particular note is highlighting students in two of the concerts. In December and in April, instrumentalists accompanied the Chorale; The community recognizes the high performance level of the Chorale, by increasingly attending the concerts, and supporting the programs with increased financial support.
Long Term Success
Long-term success will result in increased sales of season tickets as well as ticket sales for individual concerts.  With the success of the three concerts, the Chorale can increase the number of concerts performed annually. In addition, a successful program will attract additional singers to participate in concerts and will attract additional sponsors to support concerts.
Program Success Monitoring
The Charlotte Chorale encourages feedback from its audience.  The artistic director, managing director, board members and many of the singers are in the lobby at the conclusion of concerts talking with and receiving feedback from the audience.  Concert attendees are also encouraged to contact the managing director to share comments and they do so throughout the year.  Those comments are shared with board members.  
Program Success Examples
The Charlotte Chorale's 2016-2017 season was a success under Dr. William Dederer's fourth year as artistic director. The Chorale has never sounded better, is more financially stable and presented more diverse musical selections in keeping with the goal of attracting a wider demographic.
All concerts were a huge success, especially the March 4th one, which offered music by Mozart, Vivaldi, Mercer and Mancini, accompanied by a full professional orchestra.
Program Comments by Organization
This is the 29th year of the Charlotte Chorale performing concerts in Charlotte County and the third season with Artistic Director Dr. William B. Dederer.  The late R. Bruce MacGregor (1932-2015) retired as  artistic director/conductor at the end of the 24th season and Dr. Dederer, who was associate director assumed the position.  This change created some challenges and many opportunities.  Long-term Chorale singers adjusted to a new artistic director while new and returning singers offered their voices. Singers were able to broaden their music experience with a new director whose vast experiences had a positive effect.   
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Richard Vercruysse
CEO Term Start Jan 2017
CEO/Executive Director Email

Richard Vercruysse, along with his wife Ellen, was named to the position of  Managing Director for the Charlotte Chorale in January 2017. Their backgrounds are quite diversified.

Richard obtained his Masters Degree from Adelphi University, and spent the major portion of his career as an Administrator in the fields of Health, Physical Education and Athletics for a large public school district on Long Island, N.Y.  
Upon retirement Richard was heavily involved with the administration of the North Carolina Senior Games on the local level in New Bern, N.C., as well as being an ambassadors for the Games on the State level.  He served as Commodore of the New Bern, N.C. yacht club, and under his leadership the club acquired waterfront property and built a clubhouse.
Richard has sung in various choral groups, such as the Oceanside Community Chorale, and the Messiah Chorale in New Bern, N.C.  
He is looking forward to serving the Charlotte Chorale in helping promote professional, quality choral music in the community. 
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Mr. Lee Stein July 2010 - May 2014
Ms. Connie Thrasher June 2014 - June 2016
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 4
Volunteers 75
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Charlotte County Public Schools
Fisherman's Village
Local churches
Retirement communities
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Best Performing Arts Group/Harbor's HottestHarbor Style Magazine2015
Best Performing Arts Group/Harbor's HottestHarbor Style Magazine2016
Best Performing Arts Group/Harbor's HottestHarbor Style Magazine2017
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
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 Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization
Management is on a part-time basis with much more time spent during the season from October thru April.  Recent changes in operations, including the acceptance of Visa, Discover, and  MasterCard for payment, have made it easier for management to accept ticket sales and donations in a more efficient manner. The mailing list of approximately 2,000 individuals, businesses and organizations is updated on a regular basis.  Chorale singers are requested to work with management in keeping the mailing list current and adding new names when appropriate. The managing director works directly with the board treasurer to assure quality control regarding income and expenses.  A comprehensive financial report is presented at every board meeting.  The managing director solicits recommendations on operations from members and attends meetings of the Operations Council which discusses subjects including permanent policy, scheduling, governance, and reallocation of financial resources. The Operations Council serves as a resource and a contact point for the artistic director and managing director for the expeditious handling of operational details.
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
The Charlotte Chorale has a  CD for sale from the December 2015 Sounds of the Season concert.
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Jean Sutton
Company Affiliation Choir Piano Accompanist, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Board Term June 2017 to May 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Ms. Liz Allan Retired
Ms. Bonnie Baker Retired
Mr. Jim Brigger Retired
Dr. William Dederer D.M.A.Charlotte Chorale
Ms. Gail Gagnon Retired
Ms. Darlene Gravatt Real Estate Agent
Ms. Peg Grimm Retired
Mr. David Johnson Retired
Ms. Berdell Patterson Executive Asst. for Life Coach and Real Estate Agent
Ms. Jodie Roberts Retired
Ms. Jean Sutton Piano Accompanist
Mr. Richard L Vercruysse Retired
Mrs. Ellen Vercruysse Retired
Ms. Laurel Webber Boat Canvas business
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 7
Board Meeting Attendance % 87
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 50
Standing Committees
Program / Program Planning
Governance Comments by Organization
Most of the board members are also singers (members) of the Charlotte Chorale and thus have a strong vested interest in the success of the organization.  Most of the board members are retired and all bring varied backgrounds of professional business expertise to the table.   Several of the singers have experience in law and accounting and their pro bono services have greatly benefited the Chorale. Staff and board members attend Chamber of Commerce events on an ongoing basis, meeting with community leaders to assess potential board and/or committee involvement from the community.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month June
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year End Month May
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $103,055.00
Projected Expenses $103,055.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
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
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$71,984$48,652$47,821
Administration Expense$4,141$2,681$6,987
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.861.101.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses95%95%87%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$67,728$75,850$70,597
Current Assets$67,728$75,850$70,597
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$67,728$75,850$70,597
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $50,435Program Service Revenue $42,507Program Service Revenue $43,362
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $14,247Contributions, gifts, grants $13,936Contributions, gifts, grants $15,600
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $420Investment Income $143Investment Income $531
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
The treasurer presents monthly reports to the board that include an Account Balances Report, a Budget Report - Actual vs. Budget, an Itemized Income and Expense Report, and a listing of transactions report. A verbal report is also presented at all board meetings.  The Charlotte Chorale believes strongly in supporting local businesses and currently has professional banking relationships with two local banks in Charlotte County. It has not had an outside professional audit in the last three years.  It did complete an internal audit in 2016.      
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990-EZ for 2010 and 2011.  For 2012 - 2014, the financial information was taken from compilations as the organization filed a 990-N.  For 2015 and 2016, financial information was taken from the organization's 990-EZ.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit The Charlotte Chorale Inc
Address PO BOX 494451
PT CHARLOTTE , FL 33949 4451
Phone 941 204-0033