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. […]

Reflections on My First Year in newVoices

Posted on Aug 26, 2019 by

by Kat Boogaard I vividly remember my very first day with newVoices. I arrived at our annual retreat, which is when the choir reunites after the summer break, receives their sheet music for the fall concert, and jumps right in with the hard work of getting prepared for the season.    I was brand new, having just auditioned a week or two before, and was wandering aimlessly with nerves swirling in my stomach and a large […]

Sacred music in a secular world

Posted on Dec 4, 2018 by

In 2012, leaders of newVoices choir made the decision to present a completely sacred Christmas program–response since then has been overwhelming. Last Christmas, almost 2,000 people experienced the message of Christian salvation presented through music in a series of three live choral concerts. This year will be no different. Our decision to embrace a sacred program was made to give our audiences a choice. We love Santa and Rudolph as much as anyone else, but […]

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 […]

Experience the music of John Rutter

Posted on Mar 19, 2018 by

Almost 150 regional musicians will take the stage for the U.S. Venture Masterworks presentation of an evening with John Rutter. The Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra and newVoices choir will present two major works by this prominent composer: The Rutter “Requiem” and his newest composition “The Gift of Life.” This is the second year of this community-wide collaboration made possible through a generous grant from the U.S. Venture/Schmidt Family Foundation. The annual series was designed to […]

Green Bay Concert Sold Out!

Posted on Dec 14, 2017 by

Thanks for all your fantastic response–“Christmas at the Cathedral” is sold out! If you still have plans to experience our memorable Christmas concert, tickets remain for both performances of “Christmas at the Chapel” at the Lawrence University Chapel. Two performances at 2:00 and 7:30 on Saturday, Dec. 16. Purchase tickets at this link. 

Music samples for our next concert

Posted on Oct 3, 2017 by

Many have asked us–just how do you create a program around homelessness? Perhaps no one can explain it better than our Artistic Director, Phillip Swan. Before reviewing hundreds of music possibilities, he gets to the root of the issue and explains his process in this short video: As always, we present a range of musical styles in all of our programs. In “Home: Where is your Heart?” we will be presenting music from Renaissance composers […]

Opening concert to examine homelessness and housing insecurity

Posted on Oct 2, 2017 by

Our first concert for the 40th anniversary season starts with a community-based series of events and live performances dealing with the issue of homelessness and housing insecurity. Each fall, we present a program of issue-based programming designed to raise awareness of relevant topics facing our community. “We have found that music goes where nothing else can go–expressing issues through music touches the soul of a matter and explains the emotion through deeper storytelling,” said Jason […]

Music samples from our upcoming concert!

Posted on Mar 19, 2017 by

We hope you will join us for a special collaboration with the Fox Valley Symphony Orchestra in celebration of their 50th anniversary season! We will be presenting two powerful choral/orchestral works and are sharing some recordings so you can listen to the selections before the live performance. Ralph Vaughan William’s Sea Symphony is both thrilling and haunting, as it marries energy and melody of the music with text taken from Walt Whitman’s poems entitled Leaves […]