The newVoices Choir continues celebrating its 40th anniversary season in 2018.
On April 28, a collaboration with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra, called U.S. Venture Masterworks: Gift of Life & Rutter Requiem, will honor the organization’s past, present and future with two works by renowned choral music composer and conductor John Rutter.
U.S. Venture and the Schmidt Family Foundation provided a collaborative grant for both the symphony and newVoices to present years of master work performances for Fox Cities audiences.
“Our mission is to connect and engage communities through the unifying power of choral music,” says Mary Schmidt, public relations manager for newVoices.
The choir welcomed new executive director Jason Henderson last May. Henderson says he was delighted to discover the depth of talent and repertoire newVoices has to offer.
“It’s quite rewarding. My educational background is in choral music so being able to combine that and creating widespread collaboration and direct community engagement to this community is an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I’m kind of having a blast, ” Henderson says.
Henderson’s vision is to make important changes within the ensemble to engage the outside community even more. On November 10, 2017 they launched a new community sing-a-long event — newVoices Sings: Fox Cities! Henderson would like it to grow significantly over the next few years with more “flash mob sing-alongs” at various locations with different themes. He also would like to add a paid professional ensemble to newVoices.
“[They] will retain and even attract more talent to this community and enable them to focus on these specialized efforts,” Henderson says.
Henderson sees a bright, positive future for newVoices.
“Our purpose is to sing and connect and express where others can’t and provide a very significant musical experience to those who give us the grace of listening. And we will do it in a dozen different ways,” Henderson says.
For more information visit newvoiceschoir.org or call 832-9700.