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2023-2024 SEASON!

We are wrapping up our 2023-2024 Season with one final rehearsal this Tuesday, April 30th.  We'll take a break over the Summer months from June through August, resuming our rehearsal schedule on September 10th with 2:00 PM rehearsals in September and October, changing to 7:00 PM in November through March 2025, then back to 2:00 PM for April 2025.  

Our Showcase 2024 on March 24th was a huge success.  We had six chapter quartets perform on the show along with the Chorus singing 12 songs.  Our guest quartet was Afternoon Delight, four of my friends from Sarasota.  The whole show fit together nicely, and we were able to recognize two, $1,000.00, Neil Plum scholarship winners from Lemon Bay High School in Charlotte County.  The great news was that we nearly funded next year's $1,000 Neil Plum scholarship from a portion of the proceeds gathered at the Showcase performance as well as from our Singing Valentines.  We even had a matching donation offered and given by one of our former members.  

We started last year with a chance to sing some Christmas Songs for the ladies at Twin Isles Country Club.  This year, we are already booked to sing for the National Association of Retired Federal Workers on December 5th.  Early December is a good time to book us for this kind of event.  By December, we are ready to sing a half hour show to put patrons in the mood for the Christmas Season.  

We had a blast last season as the warm-up act for the Burnt Store Presbyterian Concert Series before the Legendary Trio did their thing with songs from the Kingston Trio and other popular groups in the 60's and 70's.   Looking forward to seeing what group the church pairs us up to warm up in 2025.  

For potential new members, we offer coaching, rehearsals and visual aids for performing songs.  The membership found this very helpful for a seasonal organization, such as ours.  Our director, Duane Fenn, is offering Voice Lessons to singers who would like to explore singing harmony parts, even over the Summer months. The first two lessons are free of charge. Please send your request to to coordinate a time.

If you are interested in speaking to our chorus leadership about performances or would like more information about singing with the chorus, please e-mail  We'd be happy to have someone get back to you. 

Members and registered guests will receive regular updates about our events and rehearsal schedules.  Duane Fenn, our Director, sends our weekly Planning Sheets for the rehearsals and updates he is making with music learning tracks and web updates.  He even sends out suggestions for practice over the Summer months.

In 2022, the board voted to accept membership requests from women who wish to sing with our four part harmonies, that is, a part suitable for their voice range that is currently sung in the same range as our current chorus members.  This year,  we have four women members, thus far and we've had other women guests.  

Interested in learning more?  Please send an e-mail to  

2024 Neil Plum Scholarship Winners!

Since 2012, the Suncoast Statesmen have been awarding Neil Plum Scholarships to deserving seniors from Charlotte County High Schools. (The program is described in more detail in the About Us section of this website.) Normally the scholarship winners are announced at our annual Harmony Showcase, and then presented with their scholarships at the Senior Awards Nights at their respective high schools. This year, we announced two $1,000 scholarship winners.

The 2024 winners are Miss Jordynn Beagle and Miss Sarah Creech. Both are seniors at Lemon Bay High School, and both are involved in the school's musical production this spring. Sarah also plays the bassoon. Both will enter college in the fall to continue their education. The Suncoast Statesmen are extremely proud of each scholarship winner, and delighted to be able to assist them in their educational pursuits.

With the success of fundraising from a portion of the proceeds of the Showcase 2024 and the 2024 Singing Valentines, along with the generous matching donation of $250 by the former chairperson of the Neal Plum Scholarship Committee, Dick Cunningham, we nearly have enough to fund another $1,000 Neil Plum Scholarship for next year to present at our 2025 Showcase.  If you know of a music student who would be interested in applying for the scholarship in 2025, please send details to  We'll provide more information for the process of application.

Harmony Showcase 2025

March 30, 2025 @ 4:00 PM

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