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Music lifts us, it inspires us, and it intimately connects us to our emotions. After all, what could be more essentially human than the urge to lift ones voice in song?

The Vocal Arts Ensemble’s unique choral performances combine the elite power of exceptional singers with architecturally beautiful (and acoustically amazing) spaces to create unparalleled concert experiences that envelop and inspire the listener.

As a donor, your gift is the gift of song. Through your generosity, you will help VAE enrich your community by presenting these passionate and innovative performances to audiences of all ages and backgrounds!

There are many ways to support the VAE and bring our music to life:

Donate Online: For your convenience, we accept Visa, American Express, MasterCard and Discover. 

Donate By Phone: Please make your check payable to the Vocal Arts Ensemble and return to

Vocal Arts Ensemble
Attn: Annual Fund 1241 Elm Street Cincinnati, OH 45202-7531

Donate By Phone: Contact our Development office at (513) 744-3235

Become a Sustaining Donor: SET UP A RECURRING DONATION NOW

Make an ongoing monthly donation to the VAE; your dollars will go further, and you will help reduce costs and eliminate waste!

Match Your Gift: Many companies offer matching gift opportunities to their employees and retirees; this is an excellent way to immediately double the impact of your gift! Please check with your employer regarding a matching gift to the VAE.

Sponsor the VAE: Receive guaranteed visibility and exposure for your company's name, services, products, or brand, reinforce your reputation throughout the region, deepen relationships with existing customers, and greatly benefit our community with your support! Contact Helene Herbert, Director of Development, at (513) 744-3250 or by email at hherbert@mayfestival.com for details. 

Advertise in VAE Concert Programs: Your advertisement is VAE's program books will reach an educated, well-traveled, and sophisticated audience of a broad age range. Contact ssunderman@mayfestival.com for more information. 

To show our gratitude, we are pleased to offer you a series of special benefits that get YOU up-close-and-personal with the incredible thrill of May Festival's performances. Please see below!


Donor Benefits

Friend ($50-99)

Our sincerest appreciation and gratitude

Listing and acknowledgement in VAE programs and on the VAE website

Donor ($100-199) All of the above perks, plus:

Invitation to a special post-concert reception

Patron ($200-349) All of the above perks, plus:

Two (2) complimentary “Be Our Guest” vouchers to a VAE concert of your choice

Benefactor ($350-499) All of the above perks, plus:

VAE Christmas Album, signed by former Music Director Earl Rivers

Artist’s Circle ($500-999) All of the above perks, plus:

Your own personal copy of the beautiful chronicle A City That Sings: Cincinnati’s Choral Tradition

Inner Circle ($1,000-1,999) All of the above perks, plus:

Invitation to a special meal with Craig Hella Johnson

Conductor’s Circle ($2,000+) All of the above perks, plus:

Private Salon Recital in your own home for you and guests with a vocalist from VAE’s ensemble

Individuals who give an annual contribution of $5,000+ to support VAE will enjoy a personally designed, custom-tailored experience that includes exclusive privileges, premium access, and behind-the-scenes action!


Please Note: IRS regulations provide that your gift is tax-deductible in the amount it exceeds the value of any benefits you receive. The value for each giving level is: Friend: $0, Donor: $10, Patron: $60, Benefactor: $75, Artist’s Circle: $110, Inner Circle: $150, Conductor’s Circle: $150.

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