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.
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)
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.