Music for a Cause

Hildegarde of Bingen

O viridissima virga

Antonio Vivaldi

Ripieno Concerto in C Major, RV 114

Caroline Shaw

Clockwork 1793

Antonio Vivaldi

Gloria in D major, RV 589

Thursday, September 6, 2018

7pm Performance at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

3 W 65th St, New York, NY 10025
Entrance on Central Park West at 65th St.

Collaborating Organizers



  • Danielle Buonaiuto, soprano
  • Megan Chartrand, soprano
  • Hai-Ting Chinn, mezzo-soprano
  • Sara Couden, contralto
  • Tracy Cowart, mezzo-soprano
  • Sarah Craft, mezzo-soprano
  • Meg Dudley, soprano
  • Jolle Greenleaf, soprano
  • Madeline Apple Healey, soprano
  • Elizabeth Merrill, mezzo-soprano
  • Molly Netter, soprano
  • Becky Oehlers, mezzo-soprano
  • Molly Quinn, soprano
  • Nola Richardson, soprano
  • Ellie Sutherland, mezzo-soprano
  • Pamela Terry, mezzo-soprano


  • Dongmyung Ahn, viola
  • Nanci Belmont, bassoon
  • Karen Dekker, violin
  • Chloe Fedor, violin
  • Caroline Giassi, oboe
  • Aya Hamada, harpsichord
  • Allessandra Johnson, piano
  • Sarah Jane Kenner, violin
  • Ana Kim, cello
  • Kris Kwapis, trumpet
  • Isabelle Lee, violin
  • Christa Patton, harp
  • Cynthia Roberts, violin
  • Chiara Stauffer, violin
  • Sarah Stone, cello
  • Jessica Troy, viola
  • Rita Wang, violin
  • Wen Yang, violone
  • Alana Youssefian, violin

Thank you

Special thanks to Henry Dischert at Parkside Press, Desserts by Design, Johnson’s Popcorn, Donald Meineke and Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Colin Bick, Gary Brandwein, Matt Cohen, David Dickey, Christopher Feran, Dana Haynes, Hank Heijink, Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, Fiona Last, Charles Mueller, Teddy Papes, Jared Ruocco, Ben Salvia, Christian Waugh, Rebekah Wineman, and all of our amazing bakers for donating their time and services to make this event a success!

— Caroline Shaw's Clockwork 1793 was commissioned by Metropolis Ensemble, with funds generously provided by Paul & Elizabeth DeRosa, and premiered by Metropolis in April 2018 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, for the opening of Visitors to Versailles (1682–1789).

About Impromptu Music

Impromptu Music is a group of professionals who volunteer their time and talent to support causes that affect our community. Every year, we present an evening of classical music, performed at the highest level, with the goal of raising money for a charity partner. Fundamental to our collective vision is that the evening be free and accessible to the public. We made a conscious choice to strip away the financial constraints associated with our work as performing musicians. Audience members can donate at the door or online through a CrowdRise campaign, which distributes the contributions directly to the charity.

As artists, we sometimes feel powerless when we consider the greater issues facing our society. Impromptu Music is a way for us to support issues we care about by doing what we do best: putting on fantastic concerts! We donate our time and talent in the hopes that you will be inspired to donate financially.

Impromptu 2018

This year, we’re promoting women’s leadership, both at our event and in our chosen charity partner, Sadie Nash Leadership Project. The repertoire at the free concert will feature works written for women or by women, and spans from the twelfth century to the twenty-first, with works by Hildegarde von Bingen and Caroline Shaw as well as an all-women’s performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria, originally written for an all-girls’ school and orphanage. The members of this year’s choir, orchestra, and team of organizers are all women.

We hope you will join us as we launch the 2018-19 season in a communal and celebratory way, highlighting music’s importance in our community’s daily lives. Or, if you are unable to attend, you can still help us reach this year’s ambitious fundraising goal of $20,000 by following the link below.

Partner Spotlight: Sadie Nash Leadership Project

Founded in 2001, Sadie Nash Leadership Project strengthens, empowers, and equips young women and gender-expansive youth to be agents of change in their lives and in the world. On an annual basis, more than 500 young people ages 11-22 participate in our award-winning programming in New York City and Newark. Throughout all our programs - from our flagship six-week Summer Institute to after-school classes on identity and social movements to paid internships at local community organizations to support with the college application process - we build community and critical consciousness. We provide a foundation for our participants to lead lives in committed pursuit of joy and liberation for themselves and their community. Visit for more information.

Our History: Impromptu 2017

On September 15, 2017, 65 musicians from New York City and beyond, came together for a spontaneous and free performance of Bach’s monumental Mass in B minor. All the performers donated their time in the hopes of raising money to support three causes they voted to support: the ACLU, Black Lives Matter, and Planned Parenthood. All proceeds from the performance were divided among these three organizations and the event was supported and documented by donations of products and services from our community. We filled St. Michael’s Church on the Upper West Side, and raised over $12,000! The success of this first year inspired us to continue in 2018, this time focusing on a specific issue. We hope to continue Impromptu Music far into the future, with each year’s concert highlighting a different social cause.