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Suncoast Musical Power Couple, Lynne Lash and Bernadette Cattanach, Join the Club

Lynne plays oboe in the Pops Orchestra, the Bradenton Symphony Orchestra, and sings in Key Chorale. Bernadette sings in Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota, and serves as president of their board of directors. Since moving to Sarasota from New Jersey 7 years ago, these ladies have taken advantage of every cultural arts opportunity that comes their way. Find out how two retirees suddenly find themselves not so retired in the land of Suncoast culture.

Piano Man Bruce Ensinger Celebrates Victories Both Big and Small

BY ANDREW FABIAN SRQ DAILY FRIDAY WEEKEND EDITION FRIDAY JULY 3, 2020

There are two questions Bruce Ensinger keeps hearing over and over again. When is it safe to rehearse, and when is it safe to perform? As an accompanist and one of the choirmasters for Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota, Ensinger still does not have an answer. “If the numbers keep going up, who knows?” he says.

That uncertainty applies to his own life as much as it does to the singers he works with. His church has closed, his freelance work as an accompanist has dried up and his monthly block parties have been shelved until further notice. Lately, the best he and the singers of Diversity have been able to do is a weekly Twitch stream hosted by artistic director Christopher Romeo that includes an hour of vocal technique and an hour of repertoire work. Though it may be a nice way to stay connected, nobody pretends these virtual sessions are as fulfilling as the real thing. “It’s just not the same when you can’t hear what the group sounds like together,” says Ensinger, “what singers love is singing with other people.”

In spite of all the sacrifices being made in the spirit of public health or the onslaught of headlines from the frontlines of the Black Lives Matter movement, Ensinger has found ways to be positive. His cheerful disposition reflects a deep well of optimism he has managed to dip into to fill his time with joy. “I like to say that if the glass isn’t half full, get a smaller glass and keep filling,” he says. So, Ensinger kept filling. He kept up his piano work by adding to and refining his repertoire, got busy making masks for his neighbors and for frontline workers, and found himself engaged in projects around the house. “My husband and I moved here four years ago,” he says, “and we still have some things to unpack.” Cookbooks mixed in with tax documents, artwork in need of frames, knickknacks needing to be dusted off, or given to Goodwill.

The small victories of the homebound helped to fill Ensinger’s cup, but larger victories reinforced his optimism. The US Supreme Court recently upheld legislation that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. “When I saw all the conservative justices confirmed, it was a little scary,” says Ensinger, “but I think the court of public opinion is on the right side, and obviously it’s a big relief that the Supreme Court decided the way it did.” No matter the size and scale of the victory, Ensinger finds time to celebrate. “It’s easy to be overwhelmed in these times,” says Ensinger, “but each morning we have two choices: we can say ‘good morning, God’ or we can say ‘Good God, morning.

2020 Giving Challenge Results!

Thank you for giving to Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota during the 2020 Giving Challenge! Because of your generous gift, Diversity raised $17,950! This money will be used to help our organization to continue its mission of significant community involvement through advocacy and musical performance that carry a message of hope, happiness, and equality. Thank you again for your kind generosity.

Diversity Wins Best LGBTQ Group

Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota was honored to receive the BEST of the BEST in LGBT SarasotaMusical Group Award based on SarasotaOUT’s online voting this year. We are thrilled! Pictured above are Board Member, John Marth and President, Bern Cattanach accepting the award.

What’s Been Happening!

Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota was honored to receive the BEST of the BEST in LGBT SarasotaMusical Group Award based on SarasotaOUT’s online voting this year. We are thrilled!

Board Member, John Marth and President, Bern Cattanach accepting the award.


June 2, 2019 – Our Annual Business Meeting was held in the Rec Hall at St. Andrew United Church of Christ.   Thanks to all who brought in goodies!

Results from the meeting are:

  1. New board members were elected.
  • President:             Bern Cattanach
  • Vice President:   Donna Fossum
  • Secretary:              Lydia Young
  • Treasurer:             Sharon Moorehead

Continuing Board Members:

  • Michael Chesek
  • Sandy Rice

New Board Members:

  • Jonathan Brumfield
  • Lorrie Holm
  • John Marth


November 3, 2018 – Diversity: The Voices of Sarasota sang at the first Venice Pride!


June 12, 2018 – Our Annual Business Meeting was held in the Rec Hall at St. Andrew United Church of Christ.   Thanks to all who brought in goodies!

Two big take away’s from the meeting are:

  1. Rehearsals are moving to Tuesday nights and will start at 6:30 PM to allow some time for socializing.  See you at the first rehearsal on September 4, 2018!
  2. New board members were elected.
  • President:             Joan Faucher
  • Vice President:   Bern Cattanach
  • Secretary:             Karen Nee

Continuing Board Members:

  • Bev Alter
  • Michael Chesek
  • Deborah Hall

New Board Members:

  • Sharon Moorehead
  • Sandy Rice
  • Lydia Young


June 1, 2018

We sang at the Pride Mixer in the fan plaza before the Marauders vs Charlotte Stone Crabs.

LECOM Park gave out pride-themed Marauders T-shirt for the first 750 fans!

A 70’s Night with live music followed the game!


Thanks to all who attended our spring 2018 concert!

We hope you had as wonderful a time listening as we had singing!


Thank you for helping us raise over $13,000 for Diversity in

The Giving Challenge

that was held May 1-2, 2018, each of you stepped up to

Bee The ONE!


February 3, 2018, our Library of Music (et al) was moved to its new home! Thanks to all who helped with this labor of love!


December 1, 2017 – we sang at St Andrew’s United Church of Christ, 6908 S Beneva Rd, Sarasota FL, for World Aids Day. The reading of the names began at 6 PM followed by an Interfaith Service at 7 PM.