Meet Our Donors
We thank all our planned-gift donors for their generous support. Here are some of their stories.
Jane R. Dummer
For me, singing with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society has been a life changing experience, both musically and personally. As a member of the original chorus in 1966, I quickly found myself stretching to meet the high artistic requirements necessary for presenting first rate choral performances.
The time consuming preparation for rehearsals was such that carrying scores to study during lunch breaks at work became routine. Drilling difficult rhythms, mastering tricky pitch intervals, and learning correct pronunciation of unfamiliar languages were important for keeping up with the fast paced rehearsals. During the early years, time was also dedicated to voice lessons to imporve my vocal technique and stamina.
At rehearsals, chorus members quickly became a fellowship of singers. We worked intensely with each other to achieve our goal of excellence. In blending our voices, we searched beyond our own capabilities to produce a sum greater than each of our individual parts.
Great commitment of talent, time and energy are required to be in this chorus. Why do we do it? For me, the chance to sing great choral masterpieces, new and old, with such fine singers and extraordinary music directors, Theodore Morrison and Tom Hall, was a"no brainer."
Choral singing has been a central focus of my life. As in singing we bond, many of us also bond as personal friends. Most of my closest friends then and now sang with this chorus at some point in the 24 years of my active membership. And, yes, I have my current season tickets!
I treasure the palpable moments of spiritual awareness in performances, as in our very first choral performance in 1967. At the conclusion of J.S. Bach's "The Passion according to St. John," no one on stage or in the audience moved. No one seemed to breathe. In the long silence, the sound just floated away through the roof. It was a transcendent experience.
My role as chorus manager in the early years led to my being appointed to the Board of Directors, where I was impressed with the business side of the organization. Clearly, the success of The Baltimore Choral Arts Society has been determined not only by musical excellence, but by the steady, broad based leadership of the Board of Directors and staff, and contributions in kind or in dollars.Thus, our choral society has remained stable thanks to outstanding teamwork throughout the years.
Because preserving The Baltimore Choral Arts Society and enabling its growth for future generations is very important to me, I have provided for a Legacy Circle gift through my will. This testimonial will, I hope, inspire you to make such a gift too.
Chorus member 24 years
Chorus manager 15 years
Board of Directors 13 years
Ann Weller Dahl
As a charter member of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, I have followed with pleasure and interest over the years the outstanding contributions it has made to the cultural life of the Baltimore area through its standard season of concerts and its many "run-out" performances at events like special civic occasions, with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and at retirement homes. Because I want to ensure that the Baltimore Choral Arts Society continues to be a major contributor to the music scene in Baltimore, I have included it as one of the beneficiaries of my 403b (now converted to an IRA) retirement account.
I have been a subscriber to Choral Arts for over 35 years. The musical excellence of the organization has always been obvious, but it was not until I began volunteering with Baltimore Choral Arts Society that I was aware of the outstanding organization behind it – a staff, board and other volunteers of capable, dedicated people.
Through the Legacy Circle, by making Baltimore Choral Arts Society a beneficiary in a life insurance policy, I can help to ensure that this chorus and organization will continue to provide outstanding musical performances to future audiences.