Sarasota Jewish Chorale
Sarasota Jewish Chorale
Sarasota Jewish Chorale

About Us

The group was founded in 1999 by a few enterprising individuals who had been chorus members in their northern hometowns and who wished to carry on the camaraderie in Sarasota. As the word spread, more like-minded individuals were recruited and soon a formal chorale was established. Our talented singers have continued to be emissaries of Jewish culture through entertainment, musical education, and community service ever since.

Our activities have broadened from basic entertainment at local synagogues to official commemorations, community-wide events, and musical collaborations. We have been recognized by The Jewish Federation and invited to sing at Kristallnacht for their annual Yom Hashoah Commemorations. In 2011 we were honored to sing music of the Holocaust at the opening ceremonies of the Boxcar Exhibit at The Sarasota Military Academy. In January of 2013 we sang at Federation's Israeli Festival at Robart's Arena to an overflow crowd of cheering supporters.

We have the distinction of being featured in a story segment on the PBS Gulf Coast Journal with Jack Perkins highlighting our annual multi-cultural program with Phillippi Shores Elementary School in Sarasota.

We have worked together with the famous Cantor Sol Zim at his Concert Weekend at Temple Beth Sholom and have sung under the batons of David Berman (The Humanaires) and Robert Lischetti  (The Unitarian Universalist Choir) in a joint concert at Temple Sinai. For the past 7 years we have sung by invitation of the Diocese of Venice at its annual Yom Hashoah Service at Epiphany Cathedral.

To celebrate our Bar Mitzvah in February 2012, the Chorale presented an original cantata entitled “Esther’s Story” skillfully created by two of our members. This medley of songs tells the musical journey of a young girl who immigrates to the United States from the Ukraine in the early 1900s. A second cantata is being prepared for performance in 2015.

In the spring of 2014 we were privileged to join other area singers under the baton of Matthew Lazar in Music Makes Community, and to participate in the Florida premier of Voices of the Holocaust, under the direction of Joseph Holt. Both inspiring performances took place on the stage of Van Wezel Performing Arts Center.

We are excited to report our most recent accomplishment: over 4200 "hits" for our song Erev Ba posted on You Tube! The piece is excerpted from our recording session at Holley Hall in 2013. CDs of the complete program of 8 songs are available from our singers and various temple gift shops.

The Sarasota Jewish Chorale is happy to announce the engagement of Sharon Greene as our new Artistic Director. She is thrilled to take on this position. A graduate of the High School of Music and Art in NYC, she continued studying music at Queens College (BA), Lehman College (MS in music education), and Purchase College (MA in music performance). While residing in NY for most of her life she taught music, performing arts and English. Some of her proudest moments as a teacher were coordinating and conducting the music portion of over 25 graduation ceremonies, and preparing several choruses for district-wide concerts, which she conducted at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center. While teaching performing arts, she staged and musically directed several musical productions. She retired in 2003 after teaching 34 years for the New York City school system.

In her spare time, she performed in Regional, Summer Stock and Off-Broadway theater productions, in addition to raising a family. Her favorite roles include Annie Oakley in "Annie Get Your Gun", Golde in "Fiddler on the Roof", The Witch in "Into The Woods", Joanne and Sarah in "Company", Reno Sweeney in “Anything Goes” and Elsa Schraeder in "The Sound of Music." She was also involved with the Westchester Choral Society where she sang the Faure' Requiem, the Mozart Requiem and the Cherubini Requiem.

After moving to Florida in 2005, she immersed herself in choral music, and briefly, in local theatre productions. She is a founding member of Belle Canto, an all female choral group here in Sarasota, where she was second alto section leader, and has sung with Key Chorale, with whom she toured France and Italy in 2009. She has been a proud member of Gloria Musicae, now known as Choral Artists of Sarasota, since 2009, and toured the Amalfi coast in the summer of 2012 with them. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Choral Artists, acting as the singer representative. She has also had the privilege of singing with Dick Hyman at the Sarasota Opera House and several concerts at the Van Wezel with the Sarasota Orchestra singing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Carmina Burana, The Planets and Voices of the Holocaust, a collaboration of several organizations including Gloria Musicae the Sarasota Orchestra and the Saraspta Jewish Chorale. She was the alto section leader for the Music Makes Community concert, for the Jewish Federation at the Van Wezel, conducted by Mati Lazar, with whom she graduated high school.

She resides in University Park with her husband, Ron. She has one son and daughter-in-law and one grandson, who has stolen her heart! She feels extremely blessed to have such a fulfilling life!

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