Annual Spring Concert

Each year, our Annual Benefit Concert is performed to financially support a partner organization that works to enhance Maine’s environment and its population through innovative social programs. 100% of concert proceeds are donated to the partner organization.  We are currently in the process of selecting a social justice partner for our inaugural season as the Sea Change Chorale. Stay tuned for an announcement in summer 2017.

Our past social justice partners have been Preble Street Resource Center, the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP), and In Her Presence.


2016-2017: In Her Presence

In our final season as Phoenix Chorale, we were honored to partner with In Her Presence, a local organization that offers programs to embrace, empower, and enrich the lives of immigrant women. In Her Presence provides language assistance, movement classes, and professional advice to help members create meaningful lives and find employment in the US. The organization is dedicated to helping immigrant women and girls to cope with stress and feel confident in this new country, while balancing the unique and powerful cultural identity of each woman.

Using song as a means of building community, we invited singers from In Her presence to join us in rehearsals, where we shared songs and culture, and sang together. Our 2017 spring concert featured songs from African and Western cultures, and included joint performances by our chorale and singers from In Her Presence. See our newsletter for more details on the concert.




2015-2016: Immigrant Legal Advisory Project (ILAP)

Our concert in Spring 2016 raised funds for the Immigrant Legal Advisory Project (ILAP) of Maine, an organization dedicated to helping low-income immigrants improve their legal status and working for more just and humane laws and policies affecting immigrants. The concert reflected on the issue of immigration, bringing forth music from different cultures to lend an understanding of the concept of home – leaving home, finding home, celebrating one’s homeland. Other selections cultivated a sense of community and humanized the struggle, longing, and hope that are part of the immigrant’s experience. Joining the choir on the concert was lutenist Timothy Burris and Syrian violinist Aban Zirikly.


2014-2015: Preble Street Resource Center

In our inaugural season as the Phoenix Chorale, our spring concert raised funds and awareness for Preble Street Resource Center located in Portland, Maine. Preble Street provides many lifelines for Maine’s homeless population, serving meals 365 days a year, and providing outreach, clothing, employment counseling, and shelter, as well as other much needed services. Their mission is to provide accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty, and to advocate for solutions to these problems.