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 […]

We’re taking Rutter on the road

Posted on Apr 1, 2018 by

As part of our U.S. Venture Masterworks Series, newVoices and the Fox Valley Symphony are holding a series of workshops for area youth to coincide with the April 28 performance. The workshops are funded by a grant from the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region and will take place April 3-12 at Valley area locations. The programs combine active learning with live demonstrations to show how classical music can be a catalyst for discussion […]

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 […]

Lend your voice to newVoices Sings!

Posted on Oct 23, 2017 by

If you ever wanted to sing with the band, now’s your chance. NewVoices choir will debut a new community event entitled “newVoices Sings: Fox Cities” that blurs the lines between audience and performers. In this event, the audience becomes the choir and sings with members of newVoices and guest artists on familiar, popular tunes. The first event is being held in conjunction with Downtown Appleton’s “Light up the Night” family-oriented celebration taking place in Houdini […]

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 […]