Funding Partners

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The GMChorale gratefully acknowledges Corporations, Foundations and Agencies who support and further our mission.  


Foundations and Agencies:

Hartford Chapter of the American Guild of Organists – Marjorie Jolidon Fund

Marjorie Jolidon entrusted the Hartford Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) with a most generous bequest that inspired the Chapter to establish The Marjorie Jolidon Fund. The fund’s purpose is to bring new audiences to the pipe organ and to deepen the general public’s appreciation of the instrument. In 2014 the Jolidon Fund granted its first grants. In 2017 it funded Alchemy, the GMChorale’s vocal chamber ensemble, for a concert tour to four Connecticut locations in Bloomfield, Cheshire, Cromwell, and Stonington. At each of the four venues these public concerts presented Alchemy’s lovely singing and virtuoso performances by a local organist. Each performance was followed by an “organ crawl ” – an informal tour of the particular organ and a conversation with its organist.

Association of Connecticut Choruses

In 2017 the Association of Connecticut Choruses (ACC) awarded the GMChorale a grant for its collaboration with the Hartford Chorale to present the second concert of the GMChorale-commisssioned oratorio Letter from Italy, 1944. The ACC grant program is an example of the many ways the association has been supporting the state’s choral community through its music library, workshops and newsletter since 1981.

The New England Foundation for the ArtsIn 2012, NEFA awarded a Meet the Composer grant to the GMChorale that helped fund the commission of the oratorio, Letter from Italy, 1944 from Grammy nominee, composer Sarah Meneely-Kyder, with lyrics by poet Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely. This was the seed that has so far resulted in a major choral symphonic work and two films, with a planned second performance of the oratorio live in Hartford on May 4, 2017.  The commissioning award was funded in part by a grant from the MetLife Creative Connections program of Meet the Composer, Inc. and NEFA, with added support from the six New England state arts agencies and the

CT-Logo-DECD-Top-OOTA-RGB_RDepartment of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts

DECD’s Connecticut Office of the Arts, the state’s arts agency, has frequently provided essential support for the GMChorale over the years.  Recently, it awarded two major Arts Catalyze Placemaking grants that partially funded two videos about the GMChorale’s commissioned oratorio, Letter from Italy, 1944.  The GMChorale commissioned documentary filmmaker, Karyl Evans to produce the documentary video, “Letter from Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio,” narrated by Meryl Streep, and its companion video, “Letter from Italy, 1944: The World Premiere Performance.”  Both videos have been broadcast in 2015 and 2016 on CPTV. The COA also administers the Connecticut Arts Endowment Fund that benefits the GMChorale with a grant that is leveraged by the GMChorale’s private funding.

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Connecticut Humanities, a non-profit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, provides opportunities to explore the history, literature and the vibrant culture that make our state, cities and towns attractive places to live and work.  It has provided funding for several GMChorale projects that have enhanced the chorale’s music through support of seminars and discussions, most notably the “Connecticut Community Conversations” series for the Letter from Italy, 1944 Project, and the planning of the documentary video, “Letter from Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio.”

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Kaman Corporation, located in Bloomfield, Connecticut, is a leader in technical solutions to critical challenges in both Aerospace and Industrial Distribution segments. In 2013 its critical funding gave early support to the Letter from Italy, 1944 Project.

City of Middletown, Connecticut

Middletown is known for its exciting arts scene and has long been supportive of the arts. In 2013, the City’s annual Mayor’s Ball Committee made a critical grant to support the Greater Middletown Chorale’s World Premiere performance of Letter from Italy, 1944.

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Since 1972 the city government has invested in an active arts commission that has fostered arts activities and supported the community’s artists and arts organizations.  When it began its grants program in 1977, one of the Commission’s first awards was a $250 grant to help found The Greater Middletown Chorale.  Since then, the Commission has been very supportive of the Chorale’s musical activities.
10thMountainLogoTenth Mountain Division Foundation

Funding by the Tenth Mountain Division Foundation, Inc. honors all 10th Mountain Division killed in action, veterans, and the legacy they created.  Their several grants to the Greater Middletown Chorale supported the Letter from Italy, 1944 oratorio commission, premiere concert and both videos – “Letter from Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio” and “Letter from Italy, 1944: The World Premiere Performance.” – National Association of the 10th Mountain Division – 10th Mountain Division Descendants, Inc.

Community Foundation of Middlesex County  CFMClogo_LargeWFounded in 1997, this growing public charity has served Middlesex County with imagination and funding in many areas.  It has generously supported the developmental growth of the GMChorale and the musical activities of the Chorale, including its Letter from Italy, 1944 Project, through its Nonprofit Resource Center and its grants.  The foundation’s Ann & George Petry Fund provided partial support for “Letter from Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio.”
CMYK_CANE_Version 2Choral Arts New England

Choral Arts New England extends the mission of the Alfred Nash Patterson (ANP) Foundation, providing grants that support innovative programming, commissions, and improved management for choral organizations. The Greater Middletown Chorale was one of the first to be awarded an Alfred Nash Patterson Grant, which have been awarded continuously since 1985.  Two additional Alfred Nash Patterson Grants were awarded to the Chorale for the Letter from Italy, 1944 World Premiere and for the documentary film, “Letter from Italy, 1944: A New American Oratorio.”

Employee Matching Gifts and Volunteer Grants

Each year, the GMChorale receives generous corporate support from area corporations through their corporate giving programs.  Recent support has come from the following:

  • Aetna Foundation Volunteer and Matching Gifts Programs
  • Liberty Mutual Matching Gifts Programs
  • Pfizer Foundation Volunteer and Matching Gifts Programs
  • Pratt & Whitney – United Technologies Volunteer and Matching Gifts Programs
  • Travelers Matching Gifts Program
  • Unilever Matching Gifts and Volunteer Grants