Jonathan Busarow

Jonathan Busarow, executive artistic director of the Fort Wayne Children's Choir, says concessions to unusual circumstances of the past year have been a financial stress to the organization.

The Fort Wayne Children's Choir will share its music and gather financial support when the Do Re Mi annual fundraiser goes virtual on Saturday, Feb. 27.

The live stream is free to the public.

The program begin at 7 p.m. Guests can tune in as early as 6:30 p.m. for a preshow of music and participation information.

To participate, visit fwcchoir.org. Click on the Do Re Mi banner at the top of the website to register for event updates and information, donate to the FWCC, or view the live stream on Feb. 27.

"Do Re Mi is an opportunity to ensure that the gift of music will be available to all children who desire to be a part of the FWCC," the organization said in a statement Jan. 14. "The event raises essential funding for the fulfillment of our mission and programs."

The FWCC is offering a VIP ticket to upgrade the at-home experience. With the help of Mad Anthony and Belmont Beverage, VIP ticket holders will have access to appetizers, a beverage, dessert, FWCC swag and surprises.

The FWCC said even through the challenges of 2020-2021, the organization "has been dedicated to finding safe and meaningful ways for our singers to actually sing, learn and connect. Through hybrid rehearsals and careful planning, the FWCC continues to teach music literacy to children from diverse backgrounds through song and performance."

"The changes required for our programming this year had a significant financial impact,” said Executive Artistic Director Jonathan Busarow, "which included loss of performance revenue, added expenses for new rehearsal technology, and increased student financial need. It was not an option to cancel Do Re Mi this year, and I am thrilled that our team has found an innovative way to connect with our donors and the community.”

Do Re Mi sponsors include Lincoln Financial Group, Sweetwater and Chuck & Lisa Surack, Three Rivers Federal Credit Union, Mad Anthony, Purdue University Fort Wayne, PFW College of Visual & Performing Arts, Rothberg Logan & Warsco LLP, BKD LLP, PHP, Galecki Financial Management, Lake City Bank, The Stinson Team, STAR Bank, "Doc" Dancer Heating & Air, Belmont Beverage and The Plant Center.

Information posted at fwcchoir.org shows the Fort Wayne Children's Choir brings together 300 singers from 85 school into eight choirs. Seventeen instructional staff contribute.

In a letter to supporters, the FWCC said the Do Re Mi program will include "music, stories of impact, and even a few surprises."

 

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