Our sponsors

…are working in concert!

Every donation counts toward underwriting our 2021-2022 projects.

  • Bellissima Opera’s Tales of Transcendence premieres in April 2021 and 2022
  • The 4th conference in Chicago of Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion
  • Launching of Black Voices in Cabaret
  • SongShop Scholarship Fund for ongoing sessions

Our 2019-2021 Individual Donors

Since coming together as Working In Concert in February 2019, we’ve received more than $44,000 in individual donations and family grants. THANK YOU!

[updated 4/28/2021]

DONORS of $2000 and more
Molly & Steven Allscheid
Jay Peterson
Suzanne Walsh in memory of Jeanne Cusack Walsh 

DONORS of $1000-$1999

Anonymous
Carmen Bodino
Carrie Hedges
Cecelia Kelly
Daniel Johnson
Dominique Frigo in memory of Jean Martin Bell
Joe Pokorny
Lynda Gordon
Ock-Ju Noh
Richard Pokorny
Tony Millard
Unity Temple

DONORS of $500-$999

Barbara J Scott
Caryn Caffarelli
Craig Weissman
Douglas Cotsamire
Genevieve Phelps
Janet Farr
Jethra Kapp
Larry Ritsert
Ruth Fuerst and Jim Block
Streska Family Foundation (Jerome F Crotty)
Wrigley Corp

DONORS of $200-$499

Clyde Whitaker
David Reithoffer
Deborah Good
Elisabeth Howard
Jody Rapport
Marcia and Rick Ashton
Pam & Harlan Berk
Rachel & Dennis Hafemann
Robert Yassan
Susan Arjmand


Adam Neil Tully and John Farina
Andrew Fase
Ava Logan
Barbara Ann Smith
BC (Bernice) Juettner
Carla Gordon
Deneen Marie Bryce
Diane Stephenson
Eleanor F. Dein Sharpe
Elizabeth Davis

DONORS of $100-$199
Eve Moran
Gary Woll
Katie Frankle
Kimberly Mann
Lori Branda
Lydia Stux
Patricia Keporos
Patricia-Anne Taylor


Richard Weiland
Roberta Zabel
South Side Jazz Coalition
Sue Susman
Susan Dennis-Patton
Suzanne and Steve Sharer
Timothy Pahel
Vivian Beckford

Grants 2019-2020

Working In Concert received two grants in 2020 from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DCASE): a CityArts grant to support our operating budget ($3,000) and a Special Projects grant for the Year of Chicago Music in support of the 4th international conference of Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion to be held in Chicago in 2021/2022. Claudia Hommel and four collaborators received a DCASE Individual Artists Project grant to support the travel expenses to the Cabaret Connexion Tour de France in 2019.

The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) has awarded Working In Concert a grant of $3,200.00 from State funds for general operating support for 2020-2021.

Venue support

We thank the managers and family members of venues who gave us their space on an in-kind basis: 

Cabaret Lapin Agile (Paris)
Studio Raspail (Paris)
L’Harmattan Publishers (Paris)
Salle Olympe de Gouges (Paris)
Salle Molière at the National Opera house (Montpellier)
Trinque Fougasse O’Nord (Montpellier)
Jean Capy’s Villa des roses (Sète)
Cliff Dwellers Club (Chicago)
DePaul School of Music (Chicago)
Ruth Fuerst & Jim Block (Hyde Park, Chicago)
Drew’s on Halsted (Chicago)
Marchesa (Chicago)
Louise Gale (River Forest)
Pam & Harlan Berk (River Forest)
Hunters Restaurant (Elmwood Park)
Lakehouse Restaurant (Lake Bluff)

And we thank the dozens of singers who gave of their time to perform at the many Chicago fundraising concerts. They are listed at our Past Events page.