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 Jean Trammell
Board Chair Affiliation The Venice Company
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 2017
State Registration Yes Sept 2017
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $42,300.00
Projected Expenses $42,345.00
IRS Letter of Determination
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Other Documents
State RegistrationView
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 by other performing arts organizations, 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 has grown to thirty young voices.  Our Apprentice Program has continued to be successful in attracting talented high school students to sing with Venice Chorale Exsultate and advance their music training.  Four apprentices were "adopted" last season by individuals and organizations in the community who paid their stipends. 
The 2015-16 season was successful as we made great strides under the direction of our new Artistic Director, Peter Madpak.  The concerts featured varied programs of outstanding choral music performed  by the 120-member adult chorus Exsultate!, chamber chorus, Jubilate!, Youth Chorus, and Venice High School's Le Voci Di Venezia.  Our popular holiday concert was accompanied by brass players from the community and Venice Symphony.  Our Americana concert featured spiritual works by an exciting guest conductor and composer, Michael John Trotta.  Two major works by composers "twenty years young," was performed with a chamber orchestra for our April concert.
Our focus is always on high quality performances of quality vocal literature. 
Needs Statement
  1. Continue successful apprentice program by obtaining contributions to adopt minimum of 5 apprentices at $700 each.
  2. Concert Sponsorships/Seasonal support at $1,000 each.
  3. Underwriting for guest instrumentalist for the February and April concerts at $3,000 each.
  4. Funding for facility rental expenses for 2 dress rehearsals at $1,000 each. 
  5. Provide Venice Symphony Summer Music Camp scholarships for members of Venice Youth Chorus at $125. each.
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 thirteen-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’ three 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 learn and perform a wide spectrum of choral music with the classical tradition as its base. The Venice High School's La Voci de Veniza, and the Youth Chorus also perform in our concerts.

The Venice Chorale is delighted to be collaborating with the Venice Symphony for two concerts during the 2016-17 season.  We will join forces for "The Holiday Spirit of Venice" for four performances in December.  In March the Chorale will perform the beautiful Poulenc "Gloria" with the Symphony. Two other concerts will round out our concert season.  February's program will include choral selections "From the Stage: Opera to Broadway."  In April "For the Children" will be a perfomance by Exsultate! and our Youth Chorus of John Rutter's Mass of the Children. 
Jubilate! is a small choral ensemble of The Venice Chorale, serving as our  ambassadorial arm.  Jubilate presents programs to organizations, churches, clubs, and businesses throughout Venice and surrounding communities.
Budget $29,000
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 have accompanied La Voci to perform at Carnegie Hall.  Our membership of singers has increased to nearly 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 five 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 $3,500
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 and grew to thirty members last year.  Students are selected by audition and perform featured selections at each of the Venice Chorale concerts. This past summer, the Venice Chorale provided scholarships for five Youth chorus members to attend the Venice Symphony Summer Music Camp.
Budget $1,800
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 third season.  It has received rave reviews from the Exsultate! audiences.  With the move into the new Performing Arts Center last year, it is expected that the Youth Chorus will have capacity membership.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
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.

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
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 No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Jean Trammell
Company Affiliation The Venice Company
Board Term Apr 2003 to Apr 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Annette Ballou Exsultate! President
Tom Davis retired education administrator
Ki Hassler Community Volunteer
Peter Madpak The Venice Chorale Artistic Director
Larry Patton Community Volunteer
Jean Trammell Community Volunteer
Ket Weist Educator/Marketing Consultant
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 10
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
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
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $42,300.00
Projected Expenses $42,345.00
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
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$49,314$43,902$34,334
Administration Expense$3,784$5,084$7,472
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.911.070.81
Program Expense/Total Expenses93%90%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$25,992$32,500$25,408
Current Assets$25,992$32,500$25,408
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$1,881$3,546$4,000
Total Net Assets$24,111$28,954$21,408
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $26,062Program Service Revenue $24,356Program Service Revenue $20,736
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $21,912Contributions, gifts, grants $24,081Contributions, gifts, grants $12,946
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMembership Dues $225Membership Dues $3,871Investment Income $93
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities13.829.176.35
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
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