Our sponsors

…are working in concert!

Every donation counts toward underwriting our 2023 projects. Since our founding in January 2019, we’ve received more than $90,000 in individual donations and family grants. A special thank you to donors of our January 2023 Facebook fundraisers (celebrating birthdays for Barbara Smith, Christine Steyer and Claudia Hommel). More than $1000 has been raised as of January 28!

Consider joining our Encore Ensemble, donors who pledge their support with recurring payments from year to year.

—Expand our partnerships with schools to present CABARET and OPERA in the CLASSROOM
—Offer a monthly series featuring BLACK VOICES IN CABARET
—Create new concerts for International Women’s Day and beyond
—Grow our SongShop Scholarship Fund to provide advanced training for professionals and serious amateurs
—Create a strong presence at the fifth Chicago Paris CABARET CONNEXION conference
—Promote our Transcendence operas to opera companies and universities

Our Major Donors 2019-2022

DONORS of $2,000 and more
Molly & Steven Allscheid
Dr. Carey and Brett August
Leah & Paul Beckwith
Douglas Cotsamire
Robert L Beach and Paul D Dykstra
Carrie Hedges
Jethra Kapp
Jay Peterson
Richard Pokorny
Suzanne Walsh in memory of Jeanne Cusack Walsh 

DONORS of $1000-$1999

Carmen Bodino
Dominique Frigo in memory of Jean Martin Bell
Lynda Gordon
Daniel Johnson
Cecelia Kelly
Tony Millard
Ock-Ju Noh
Timothy Pahel
Joe Pokorny
Suzanne and Steve Sharer
Unity Temple

DONORS of $500-$999

Caryn Caffarelli
Janet Farr
Jeanne Franks
Ruth Fuerst and Jim Block
Haddad Foundation
Ava Logan
Daniel Perkins
Genevieve Phelps
Larry Ritsert
Barbara J Scott
Eleanor Sharpe
Barbara Ann Smith
Streska Family Foundation (Jerome F Crotty)
Craig Weissman
Clyde Whitaker
Wrigley Corp

DONORS of $200-$499

Susan Arjmand
Marcia and Rick Ashton
Pam & Harlan Berk
Cynthia Cyrus
Louise Galecki
Deborah Good
Rachel & Dennis Hafemann
Elisabeth Howard
Cappy Kidd
Ryan Kinsella
Kevin Nougachi
Jody Rapport
David Reithoffer
Jerry Salzberg
Margaret Vogt
Suzanne Walsh
Robert Yassan

DONORS of $100-$199

Kimberly Anderson
Ann Badsing
Susanne Baker
Martin Balogh
Vivian Beckford
Lori Branda
Deneen Marie Bryce
Elizabeth Davis
Mercita DeMuynck
Susan Dennis-Patton
Marcia Engel
Andrew Fase
Katie Frankle

Mary Gardner
Ethel Gofen
Carla Gordon
BC (Bernice) Juettner
Patricia Keporos
Kimberly Mann
Laura Marmash
Irene Michaels
Eve Moran
Philip Morehead
Kathleen Roberts
South Side Jazz Coalition
Peter Storms

Studio Gang Architects
Lydia Stux
Sue Susman
Diane Stephenson
Patricia-Anne Taylor
Thomas Thorelli
Adam Neil Tully and John Farina
Barbara Volin
Suzanne Walsh
Richard Weiland
Diane Wilson
Gary Woll
Roberta Zabel

Grants 2019-2022

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 and a special project grant for the Year of Chicago Music in support of the 4th international conference of Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion in Chicago in May 2022. Claudia Hommel and four collaborators also 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 grants from State funds for general operating support in 2020-2021 and 2021-22, an ArtsTour grant for the Black Voices In Cabaret “Healing through Song” in March 2021, and the IAC Summer Youth Employment grant for 4 interns in 2022.

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)
The TownHall Apartments (LGBTQ senior housing)

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