You can help us reach our 2024 fundraising goals:

Help us create new works for classical voice and opera. The long range plan includes creating and producing Outside the Ring , a new opera about the bouts and unlikely friendship between African American Joe Louis and German Max Schmeling.

Our annual concert for International Women’s Day focuses on female composers and performers.
—$2000 to $4000 underwrites a classical vocal arts concert. We recommend supporting the concerts and opera in increments of $500.

Summer opera double-header

We’re expanding our classrooom offerings with thought-provoking programs to “Uplift Diverse Voices in our Schools” —$1000 supports three performers in an all-day residency. Support our assembly programs in increments of $250.

Offer a monthly series featuring BLACK VOICES IN CABARET
—$2000 underwrites a concert by the award-winning roster of African-American performers. Support the concerts in increments of $250.

We invite you to JOIN US as a sponsor or donor to help us continue growing the annual mid-May Chicago Cabaret Week. Select your tier of sponsorship, supply your name and/or business, so we can begin showcasing YOU as a supporter of this event that reaches thousands.

Stay tuned for March each year to submit your playbill sponsorship ad.

Help us bring top-ranking French performers to Chicago for the sixth Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion conference and festival in October 2024.
—$750 flies a fabulous performer direct from Paris and $150 covers the cost of bringing the accordion as checked baggage!

Grow our SongShop Scholarship Fund to provide advanced training for professionals and serious amateurs

—$250 supplements each scholarship recipient for ten weekly sessions

—$750 sponsors the quarterly SongShop Live concerts whose net proceeds benefit the Scholarship Fund

On the occasion of World Opera Day, October 25, 2023, Dan Perkins authored a love letter to Working In Concert, Bellissima Opera and our creative leaders. Hear what business consultant, cultural historian and lover of the arts has to say about joining together —working in concert —

… And, so I Sing!

Dan Perkins

Minority Business Advocate with expertise in Supplier Diversity. | Cultural Historian specializing in Boxing from 1890 through 1929. | Facilitator and Innovator.

...Opera puts a dramatic frame around big and small moments in life and at times I feel as though my life could easily be the subject of an opera. I love that my activities as a consultant specializing in supplier diversity put me at the forefront of significant trends impacting how many organizations recognize, utilize, and develop businesses owned by minorities and women. … One of the great benefits of my work is the access I have to a wonderfully diverse array of people, many of whom are brilliant thought leaders working to improve conditions in their areas of specialization and the world in general. …

Through Opera in Classroom, Christine Steyer and her creative partner Claudia Hommel constantly renew my hope for our nation and the future. They manifest the transformative potential of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the arts and education.

Read Dan’s full article about boxing in opera houses, school children and more…

You can wish happy birthday each January to our founders Claudia Hommel (January 27) and Christine Steyer (January 29) with a gift via our Facebook fundraisers at the Working In Concert page:

Individual donors have given more than $105,000 since our founding in early 2019.

Working In Concert is a federally tax-exempt charitable organization, EIN number 61-1636973

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