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See the right column for opportunities for members this Spring 2014!

Our last event:

See our review of the 2013 Messiah in the December 9th, 2013 issue of the Sarasota Herald Tribune; Section B, page 7.

The 69th consecutive annual production of

     The Christmas portion of     G. F. Handel's


Date: Saturday,

December 7, 2013


Dress Rehearsal: 1:00 PM Performance: 4:00 PM

Genevičve Beauchamp   Artistic Director

Four World Class Vocal Soloists

Robyn Rocklein, Soprano  

Rachel Assi, Alto     

Mark Lubas, Tenor        

Joseph Ryan, Bass

Dr. Jonathan Spivey, organ

Live Orchestra,

and a special appearance by Sarasota Young Voices

Church of the Palms Presbyterian Church

3224 Bee Ridge Road. Sarasota, FL



Funding for this program provided in part by the John J. Weiss Memorial Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.


Click on Past Soloists for photos & bios of previous season's artists.

Click on the links below for other pages.

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2013 Soloists

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George Frideric Handel

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Click below for photos and information about some of our past performances.

2006            2007              2009

2011            2013



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The Sarasota Choral Society has been performing in the Sarasota/Manatee/Venice area for almost seven decades and in that time we have presented our prestigious productions of sacred and secular choral music at some very fine venues. These include, but are not limited to, The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Neel Performing Arts Hall at SCF, The Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, The John & Mable Ringling Museum Courtyard, Epiphany Cathedral in Venice, First Baptist, First Methodist, St. Armands Key Lutheran, Church of the Palms Presbyterian, Pine Shores Presbyterian, and Bee Ridge Presbyterian. If you are interested in having us perform in your venue, please send an email with all of the appropriate contact information to members@sarasotachoralsociety.org.





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Welcome to The Sarasota Choral Society website. We hope you enjoy browsing the information contained herein and find it entertaining and informative. If you would like to contact us with questions or suggestions, please click on CONTACTS at the top of this page.

Membership is open to any and all who enjoy singing. New members are welcome and encouraged to register in advance. All you need is a desire to sing. Auditions are not required. Click here for details. Scroll down to Rehearsals for dates and times.

If you would like to purchase tickets for a performance, please click on "Tickets" above for details.

Click on "Fund Raising" (below, left) to see articles and pictures on past fund raising activities.



Dear Members of the Sarasota Choral Society,


Happy New Year!  I would like to thank you once more for being a part of this wonderful organization.  People continue to come to me to this day to express how wonderful Messiah was, and I couldn't agree more!  


We have a couple of great singing opportunities to share with you until we meet again in the fall, and I hope that I can count on you to participate in these two wonderful events, both held at the Van Wezel this year. 


The first one will be on April 3rd.  In this first performance, Music Makes Community, you will be singing with a large orchestra under a well respected conductor from New York, Matthew Lazar.  I will share the stage with you when I perform Gershwin's famous Rhapsody in Blue.  Rehearsals begin soon, so please mark your calendars!  Please see below for more information.


I also need 12 singers per part (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) for our collaboration with Gloria Musicae, Booker High School, the Jewish Chorale, Manatee and Sarasota Dance Alliance and Sarasota Young Voices.  This group will be presenting a poignant Florida premiere of Voices of the Holocaust at the Van Wezel on Monday, April 28th.  Please let us know if you are planning on doing this so we can send you specifics. You may contact me through this link; Genevičve. There are no additional membership charges to participate in these events for Sarasota Choral Society members. Help us spread the word!


I hope to see all of you soon at one or both of these events, and until then, have a safe, healthy and peaceful January!


All Best,





An Opportunity to sing Ernest Bloch’s Masterpiece, the Best of Broadway, and favorites of the Cantorial/Choral literature

Music Makes Community
A Celebration of Jewish Music
for Sarasota – Manatee


April 3, 2014
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Conductor:  Matthew Lazar – New York/ Israel

 “Music Makes Community” Festival Chorus is recruiting up to 150 singers for a one time festival performance of Ernst Bloch’s Sacred Service to be performed at Van Wezel on April 3, 2014.


The program includes Snippets from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma, Bernstein’s West Side Story and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.


Also featured will be
playing George Gershwin’s 


A 50 piece Orchestra, Matthew Lazar, Conductor,
Jason Stearns, Baritone
Ann Stephenson-moe, rehearsal conductor;

Linda Buxbaum, producer

For further information contact:  Annstephensonmoe@gmail.com or Linda Buxbaum, millriverlady26@gmail.com

Ann Moe:  941-735-4606 
Linda Buxbaum:  941-896-9130



Rehearsals for Music Makes Community will be held Sunday afternoons 3:30 -5:30PM
in the Parish (Gillespie) Hall of Church of the Redeemer,
222 Palm Ave. Sarasota

January 12, 26, Feb. 2, 16, March 2, 9, 23, & 30.

March 31, 2:30-5PM chorus and soloists.
  April 1, 3-5:30PM chorus +Orch.

 Wednesday –Chorus and soloists –time/tba.

 Thursday – April 3rd.  Run through at Van Wezel  - 5:30-7:30PM.


Messiah 2014

Tentative dates and times for our 70th anniversary production of the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah are as follows:


All at Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Rd. Sarasota.


Rehearsals: Tuesdays, Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25, & Dec. 2, 2014.

Dress Rehearsal & Performance: Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014.

1:00 pm & 4:00 pm respectively.

Please continue to check the website periodically for updates. To get on our mailing list and receive news and updates directly, send an email request to members@sarasotachoralsociety.org.


We will continue to post updates and further information as it becomes available.

The links below will provide Microsoft Word and other files which you may print out and use at home. If you do not have Word, go to www.microsoft.com/downloads and download the free Word Viewer.

Click here for a link to order Messiah practice CD's. In the Search section type in "Learn Handel's Messiah" and click "GO". This will take you to the proper page to order practice tapes or CDs.

Photos of Christmas Messiah 2013

If you are interested in photos of this performance, the following link is provided by our photographer, Bruce Lehman. Please provide a donation for any pictures you use. Many thanks to Bruce for providing the beautiful pictures. His contact information is located on his website if you require his services.

Messiah 2013 photos

Last updated 2/20/2014

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