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 […]

Meet the newVoices Section Leaders

Posted on Oct 26, 2018 by

by Kat Boogaard, Alto There are plenty of people involved in ensuring that newVoices makes beautiful music for each and every concert. There’s our phenomenal artistic director and conductor, our amazing associate conductor, our astounding accompanist, and of course, our talented singers. But, that’s not the whole picture. In fact, there are a few key players at our rehearsals that you might not know very much about: our section leaders. What Do Section Leaders Do? Each […]

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 […]

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 from our Christmas concerts

Posted on Nov 24, 2017 by

So what music will you hear at the upcoming Christmas concerts? You’ll get to sing along with choir on familiar carols that you know and love, plus we’ll sing a mix of traditional selections and familiar tunes set to new arrangements. All selections are sacred and celebrate Christ’s birth. Here are some of the pieces we’ll be singing: Several of our songs are more traditional and based on sacred texts from the Latin mass. One […]

Christmas Concerts focus on the reason for the season

Posted on Nov 22, 2017 by

In one weekend, we will reach almost 2,000 people with a message of Christian salvation—a break from the commercialization of the holiday. NewVoices has presented a program of completely sacred music since 2012 and audiences have grown to the point that additional concerts were added. We will again expand our Christmas program to three concerts: two in Appleton and one in Green Bay. “We love Santa as much as anyone else, but our Christmas program is […]