A Letter to Our Friends

This year the Brooklyn Philharmonia Chorus celebrates its 60th Anniversary, making it the longest running community chorus in Brooklyn. Over that time, we have performed challenging and great choral works at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and many other Brooklyn venues, as well as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.

We have always kept ticket prices low while producing high-quality concerts accompanied by professional musicians and soloists. Our all-volunteer, amateur group of singers come from Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Long Island and Westchester to share our love of choral music with the community.

The Brooklyn Philharmonia is one of the few community choruses who sing with professional orchestral accompaniment, which really makes the music come alive for the singers and the audience alike. Together with your help, we can continue to provide great music in Brooklyn.

We are planning ambitious winter and spring concerts for our Gala 60th Anniversary, but realize we have an $8,000 shortfall between our expected income and projected expenses. Our projected income is $17,000 and our expected expenses for professional orchestral accompaniment and soloists for the two concerts and production of a Gala Concert CD is $25,000 — a gap of $8,000.

Our winter concert, including Bach’s Magnificat, Respighi’s Laud to the Nativity and Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus, requires a string quartet, winds and percussion. The spring concert, including selections by Puccini, Bernstein, Elgar, Brahms and Haydn requires a grand piano and organ accompaniment. Altogether, we need 14 professional instrumentalists and four professional soloist singers plus our conductor for the two concerts.

We, of course, have additional costs to produce the concerts, but we can cover those expenses with our ticket sales. We need your help to pay for the musicians and soloists to create two truly celebratory concerts for our 60th Gala year.

Season Concert Production Budget
for Orchestra & Vocal soloists:

14 instruments at $300 each

2 flutes (one plays piccolo), 2 oboes (one plays English horn), 1 bassoon
2 trumpets
1 percussionist (timpani, triangle)
2 violins, 1 viola, 1 cello, 1 double bass
Keyboard
Vocal Soloists: $3200 (4 singers @ $400 apiece for each concert)
Conductor: $600 ($300 for each concert)

Total: $8000

When you contribute to this campaign, your name will be prominently listed in our program. Each full or half sponsor of a soloist or instrument will also receive two tickets to each concert and CDs of the two 60th Gala concerts. Please note that your donation is completely tax-deductible because the chorus is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

  • Heavenly Host
    Sponsorship of vocal soloist or more ($400 or more)
  • Archangel
    Sponsorship of an instrument ($300)
  • Seraphim
    Half sponsorship of a vocal soloist ($200)
  • Cherubim
    Half sponsorship of an instrument ($150)
  • Angel
    Quarter sponsorship of an instrument ($100)
    1 ticket to each Gala concert plus CDs of the 2 concerts
  • Benefactor
    Quarter sponsorship of an instrument ($75)
    1 free ticket to each Gala concert
  • Patron
    Donation of $50
    1 free ticket plus 1 CD from 1 Gala concert
  • Friend
    Donation of $25
    2 CDs, 1 from each Gala concert

Please consider making a donation, in any amount, to help us to make these wonderful Gala Concerts happen as we celebrate our 60th anniversary!

You may send checks payable to Brooklyn Philharmonia Chorus to:

Brooklyn Philharmonia Chorus
c/o First Presbyterian Church
124 Henry Street
Brooklyn, New York 11201

or

1. Click on the Donate button to transfer to PayPal.
2. In PayPal, sign in if you already have a PayPal account or use a credit card if you do not. In PayPal, click “Pay or Send Money.”
3. Click on Personal (not Business), Send Money to Friends and Family and
then enter brooklynphilharmoniachorus@gmail.com when prompted for the name
of the organization.
4. Put in the amount you are donating. Important! Please specify in the comment box the purpose of the payment (for example, “Donation for a musician.”)
5. Click Submit – and thank you!

Thank you in advance for your contribution!