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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

More than 100 church choir members join for final concert

Posted on May 1, 2015 by

The final concert of newVoices’ 2014-15 season will end with a community-wide hymn sing and a program of familiar hymns and sacred music. Area church choirs will participate in the ensemble’s first Church Choir Workshop that day AND perform with newVoices in the evening concert, OneVoice – An Ecumenical Community Celebration in Song, Saturday, May 9, 2015, 7:30 pm at the Lawrence University Memorial Chapel, Appleton. The vision of a “hymn sing” is a non-denominational […]

Learn More: Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna

Posted on Apr 20, 2015 by

This choral masterpiece will be the feature of our May 9 concert, oneVoice: An Ecumenical Community Celebration in Song, 7:30 pm, Lawrence Memorial Chapel. The work is presented in five movements.  There are rare moments in this world when a piece of art is so alluring it captures your entire existence and takes it on a ride through the infinite. Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna is a perfect example of this exquisite encounter. He wrote this […]

Online Auction opens

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 by

What do you get the person who has everything? A really memorable experience—and that’s just what’s in store for you when you participate in newVoices Online Auction. Thanks to our generous supporters, all the items on the auction have been donated! That means all income will go directly to support our Italy tour this summer. The auction will be April 2-12 and it is being hosted on www.biddingforgood.com. It’s very easy—all you do is visit […]