A Day for Celebration!

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 by

We got the first look at our award from Chorus America at yesterday’s strategic planning meeting! We are the winner of the education and community engagement award presented annually by Chorus America at the national conference in Cincinnati. This award recognizes programs that expand a chorus’ role in its community through mission-based programming, music education, artistic excellence and meaningful collaborations. The award selection was based on collaborative programming from our 2015-16 season which featured concerts on the issue of […]

Congratulations Dr. Phillip Swan!

Posted on May 6, 2016 by

Please join us in celebrating another accomplishment for Phillip Swan–now he can be called Dr. Phillip Swan! Phillip was awarded his DMA in Choral Conducting at the University of Miami (Florida) on May 5, 2016. Dr. Swan completed a doctoral essay focused on the choral works of Eric Whitacre, a composer we have featured in many newVoices concerts. In addition to his doctoral studies, Dr. Swan received his BA in music education from Concordia College, Moorhead, […]

NewVoices Choir Honored with National Award

Posted on Apr 15, 2016 by

Ensemble wins Education & Community Engagement Award (APPLETON, WIS.) April 14, 2016 – NewVoices is the winner of the education and community engagement award presented annually by Chorus America. This award recognizes programs that expand a chorus’ role in its community through mission-based programming, music education, artistic excellence and meaningful collaborations. This is the first time in the ensemble’s history that it has earned a national award from Chorus America, the leading trade association for […]

A personal reflection on dementia

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 by

By Erik Loy Erik Loy is a baritone in newVoices and is an attorney for Manitowoc County. He shares his memories of his grandfather, George Olaf Loy. My Grandpa was a quiet man. He worked for a machine tool company (Ingersoll Rand) and was very skilled. After he was retired, the company sent him all over the country to fix factory machinery because no one knew it better than him. He taught me to love […]

A personal message on dementia

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 by

By Monica Coenen Monica Coenen is a soprano in newVoices, a member of our chorus council, and a freelance writer. She shares her thoughts on the upcoming concert “Wanting Memories.”  When you’re 5 years old and your Grandma is helping you brush your teeth and get ready for bed, you never expect that in about 20 years, you will be helping your Mom brush Grandma’s teeth and get her ready for bed. And that she […]

Christmas at the Chapel gets even better!

Posted on Nov 26, 2015 by

We’re happy to announce special guests will join us for our annual Christmas concert. We welcome the Fox Valley Symphony Chamber Orchestra which will accompany us on several pieces including selections from the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah (including the Hallelujah chorus). We are thrilled to share the stage with them again and know their sound will enrich this special holiday performance for all of you! Artistic Director Phillip Swan created a program that brings […]

SONGS OF HOPE MARK PROGRAM ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 by

Many people have been asking us just how do you program a choral concert around the topic of sex trafficking? The answer was simple when left in the capable hands of Artistic Director Phillip Swan. Music for the performance will be presented in four segments: reflection on the dilemma with songs of personal struggle and searching; a glimmer of hope for another life, another path; songs that express freedom, truth and justice; and concluding with […]

newVoices announces new Board Officers

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 by

We are thrilled to welcome new officers to our board of directors! Elected to president is Jenna Stone, a board member of newVoices since 2008. Stone leads the grants office at Lawrence University and is a 2000 graduate of the university; she also holds a masters in Philanthropy & Development from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Jenna has been a board member for our organization for many years and her leadership in best practices for […]

newVoices season opens with “Facing the Music”

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 by

This season, we use the power of music to unlock important issues that face our community. As an organization, we believe there is an important role for music to play in building awareness and empathy for topics that might be difficult to discuss. Choral music goes to the heart of humanity—words intertwine with music to express the human condition in both harmony and discord. We have a tradition of looking to current community issues and […]

Church Choir Workshop a success!

Posted on May 11, 2015 by

Exactly HOW do you get 200 singers on the stage of the Lawrence Chapel? Very carefully!! Thank you to the 120+ church choir singers from regional churches who attended our first ever Church Choir Workshop and to HEID MUSIC for sponsoring the event. Sessions included a master class in vocal instruction, tips on sight reading and rehearsal technique and a massed rehearsal with newVoices. The culmination: all church choir singers joined us onstage for the final […]