Sing for America Foundation Announces Annual Benefit Concert at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater April 14, 7pm

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Instead of a run-a-thon or a bake sale, Bay Area professional and amateur singers raise their voices together to raise cash for dozens of local non-profits. Legendary screen and stage actor Clive Revill will emcee this year's concert, featuring guest artists including Ian Robertson, Lisa Vroman, and Billy Valentine.

The Sing for America Foundation today announced its second annual benefit concert will be emceed by acclaimed stage and screen actor Clive Revill and held at the Palace of Fine Arts on Sunday April 14. Acclaimed guest artists, including award-winning SF Opera Chorus conductor Ian Robertson, The Phantom of the Opera star Lisa Vroman, and celebrated jazz singer Billy Valentine will join the volunteer SFA Chorus. Tickets ($28) and more information at

Much like other activity-based fundraising efforts such as marathons or walk-a-thons, Sing for America members raise money by singing in concert while also collecting donations from supporters via online fundraising tools. Singers from Bay Area choruses as well as talented amateur vocalists receive months of world-class choral training alongside professional choristers and soloists to perform selections from the opera, Broadway, and the great American songbook. Last year’s inaugural concert featured guest artists Marcus Lovett of The Phantom of the Opera and Michael McGuire, Tony Award winner from the original Les Misérables cast.

Unlike other fundraising organizations, SFA Chorus members decide themselves where a major portion of their contributions goes – half of the money raised by each member goes directly to the organization of their choosing. The other half goes toward performing arts programs around the Bay Area as decided by the Board of Directors. Because SFA is funded through institutional gifts, one hundred percent of all proceeds go to nonprofits. Last year, SFA raised more than $100,000 and supported over 40 different community organizations throughout the Bay Area and beyond.

“We know that while many folks would love to help the arts in their communities, traditional means of fundraising—running, auctions, banquets and so on—don’t appeal to them.  Sing For America was created for talented passionate singers to meaningfully support what they love by doing what they love,” said Erich Stratmann, SFA founder and 22-year tenor in the San Francisco Opera Chorus.

This year’s concert emcee, Clive Revill, has numerous stage and film credits including a Tony Award-nominated performance as Fagin in Oliver! and a Star Wars fan-favorite role as the Emperor in The Empire Strikes Back. Ian Robertson has been Chorus Director and conductor with the SF Opera Company since 1987, and was recently honored with the 2012 Opera Medal. Broadway veteran Lisa Vroman is best loved for her record-breaking run starring Christine, in The Phantom of the Opera. Billy Valentine, an acclaimed jazz and rhythm & blues singer, is also an accomplished songwriter and stage actor who performed with the original production of The Wiz.

For more information about Sing for America’s membership, rehearsal schedule, donations, and beneficiaries, please visit

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