newVoices Sounds a Christmas Tradition

Posted on Dec 9, 2019 by

by Kat Boogaard This time of year, I can’t listen to Bing Crosby or Fred Waring without a smile spreading across my face and tears filling my eyes. Why? They were favorites of my grandpa’s.  I remember sitting perched on his knee in his worn recliner while he told me how much better Bing was than Sinatra, or while he chimed in with all of the funny sound effects during Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians’ […]

Linda Hash Receives This Year’s Rick Bjella Honorary “Chair”

Posted on Oct 14, 2019 by

This year, newVoices is proud to recognize Linda Hash with well-deserved distinction of the Rick Bjella Honorary Chair.  This honorary “chair” was established to celebrate the 25 years of leadership Rick Bjella dedicated to our organization. During his tenure, he maintained high artistic standards and a passion for the art form of choral singing. The only requirement for being selected to hold this honorary position is that the holder displays the same passion Rick did. […]

“Aim High” presents issues and music created in response to gun crimes

Posted on Sep 24, 2019 by

The annual fall concert is part of the choir’s commitment to presenting community engagement programming on a topical issue that affects the region. Past issues have dealt with topics such as sex trafficking, suicide, and homelessness. The goal of the programming is not to reach conclusions, but to have a respectful discussion of all sides of the issue, then frame the emotions within powerful, choral music. Almost 42% of Americans live in a household with […]

Shedding light on our next concert, LUX

Posted on Mar 16, 2019 by

If the term “contemporary music” makes you reach for your nearest Mozart CD, we’re here to shed some light on the topic. Our next concert is the third in our U.S. Venture Masterwork series which features a collaboration between newVoices and the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra. The series presents orchestral/choral works to the community and this year we will feature choral works that will become the masterworks of the future. The program is entitled LUX: […]

Sponsor a Singer!

Posted on Mar 9, 2019 by

Individually, each of our 90+ singers volunteers hours in rehearsal, performance, outreach to the community, artistic leadership, and in operational support of our organization. We estimate each singer volunteers 100 hours per concert cycle. Underwriting these efforts shows you support live. local music and the efforts of these talented individuals within our communities. For a donation of $150/singer you can sponsor the singer of your choice–or even sponsor an entire section. You will be acknowledged […]

Be Resolved for the Local Arts

Posted on Jan 4, 2019 by

While we’re all welcoming 2019 and resolving to lose weight and exercise more, I will pause and ask for all of us to consider a few resolutions for the arts. We take pride in the vibrant cultural life we enjoy in the Fox Valley, we value the high quality and variety of art forms in our backyards, and many of us participate in the arts. But the local arts require care and feeding to maintain […]

Composer in Residence: Elaine Hagenberg

Posted on Oct 1, 2018 by

On Sunday, October 7, composer Elaine Hagenberg will visit Appleton and the newVoices rehearsal to work with the chorus on her piece, “O Love.” The choir will perform this melodic work in our upcoming concert “Please Stay: Listen. Hope. Care. Prevent Suicide.” Having a composer work with us directly is a true treat and Elaine shares some of her thoughts regarding the collaboration between composer, conductor and singers. newVoices: What does the composer bring to rehearsal/performance versus […]

Please Stay: taking the message out of the concert hall

Posted on Sep 21, 2018 by

As part of the choir’s commitment to community-based programming, newVoices is taking the music and the message outside of the concert hall to reach a larger audience this fall. In conjunction with artistic programming, the choir is hosting several public events around the issue of suicide. The St. Elizabeth Hospital Foundation is the choir’s education partner and has provided educational information on suicide and suicide prevention for the singers and the community. Community partners and […]

Please Stay: a personal reflection

Posted on Sep 15, 2018 by

This blog post is reprinted with the permission of the author, Jenn Leahy, who sings with newVoices. We thank her for sharing her honest expression of the struggles she has personally faced.  If any of my choir friends are reading this, the title has meaning for them. “Please Stay” by Jake Runestad is a song that the choir I am in is performing this fall (I’ll leave a link to a video below). Our content […]

newVoices Sings! featured at Flag Day Parade

Posted on May 22, 2018 by

Please join us for our next signature community singing event “newVoices Sings!” just prior to the Flag Day Parade in Houdini Plaza, Downtown Appleton on June 9th, 2018. More than a sing-along, the lines are blurred between audience and performer as newVoices singers and guest artists will teach the audience simple harmonies to well-known songs and then singers and audience members will perform them together. We held the first newVoices Sings! event in November and […]