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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 one's voice in song?


The Vocal Arts Ensemble’s unique choral performances combine the elite power of professional singers with architecturally beautiful (and acoustically amazing) spaces, creating an unparalleled concert experience that envelops and inspires the listener as the music comes alive.


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!


Ways to Give


Check: 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


Credit Card: For your convenience, we accept Visa, American Express, MasterCard and Discover. Simply provide us with your account number and expiration date! To make a donation using your credit card online, please click on the Donate Now button below. You may also contact our Development Office at (513) 744-3250 or by email at hherbert@mayfestival.com.


Installments: Payments made in installments are an excellent way to make your dollars go further! We can charge a card in installments throughout the year, or we can bill you according to your preference.


Matching Gifts: Many companies offer matching gift opportunities to their employees and retirees; this is an excellent way to double the impact of your gift today!


Please contact Helene Herbert, Director of Development, at (513) 744-3250 or by email at hherbert@mayfestival.com to discuss the full range of opportunities. 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 for more details.


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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