Voce’s “Growing Audiences” Initiative
Voce’s “Growing Audiences” Initiative is designed to secure Voce’s future as one of New England’s leading cultural institutions, to grow its audiences and to further develop international renown for its performance of choral music. The initiative is based upon two forward-looking projects:
· Recording Project with Composer Paul Mealor and Signum Records: Paul Mealor, who composed music for the Royal Wedding Ceremony of His Royal Highness Prince William and Catherine Middleton and whose music has topped the UK’s Classical Charts, is returning to Hartford in May 2018 to co-produce an album of his works with Voce, which he has described as “one of the finest choirs on the planet.” Voce will be working with its first record label, Signum Records, on the release of the album. Signum Records has a significant presence in the choral recording market (representing such groups as Tenebrae and The King’s Singers) and is perfectly positioned to introduce Voce to a much wider market. In addition to providing its considerable marketing and distribution channels, Signum will significantly reduce the album’s production and distribution costs, positioning Voce to recoup its recording costs in only three to five years.
· New England Audience Development: Voce has retained marketing and strategic planning experts Dornenburg Kallenbach Advertising to ensure that Voce identifies and takes the steps necessary to continue the growth of its audience base in New England. Dornenburg Kallenbach Advertising is a Connecticut-based firm which has helped organizations such as The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts and Goodspeed Musicals to define their target audiences and bring them to performances. The firm is uniquely positioned to help Voce increase its New England base of support and its revenue stream from concerts.
Now in its 12th year, Voce is a thriving organization on the forefront of choral music performance. The “Growing Audiences” Initiative described above is designed to solidify its financial future. More information about Voce is attached.
Your support for the “Growing Audiences” Initiative will ensure that Mark Singleton and Voce can bring Voce’s music and its message of harmony to an ever-widening audience. Help Voce to build an enduring future for choral music in New England and beyond.
On behalf of Voce, its singers and its Board of Directors, thank you for your support.
President – Voce, Inc.
Recommended Donation Levels, Recognition and Participation!
Supporters for Voce’s “Growing Audiences” Initiative will be recognized in Voce’s 2018 and 2019 programs as “Growing Audience Initiative Sponsors” at the recommended donation levels below. In addition, sponsors contributing at the $350 level or above are invited to attend three events:
· Join us for a reception on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 6:00 pm at St. Patrick & St. Anthony’s Church to meet Paul Mealor and to hear him describe the works selected for Voce’s recording, “Blessings – the Music of Paul Mealor.”
· Supporters who attend the reception will also be invited to attend Voce’s final rehearsal prior to the recording sessions, during which Paul and Mark Singleton will work with the choir to ensure a stunning recording!
· Finally, supporters are invited to attend Voce’s final performance of the season on May 11, 2018 at 7:30 pm at Immanuel Congregational Church which will feature the music recorded the weekend before!
“Growing Audiences” Initiative Underwriter - $10,000 and above
“Growing Audiences” Initiative Sustaining Sponsor - $5,000 and above
“Growing Audiences” Initiative Project Sponsor - $2,500 and above
“Growing Audiences” Initiative Project Supporter - $1,000 and above
“Growing Audiences” Initiative Donor - $500 and above
“Growing Audiences” Initiative Contributor - $250 and above
Gifts of any size will be gratefully accepted and recognized in our programs!
How to Contribute
Click on the button below to make your contribution.
Alternatively, contributions may be sent to Voce Inc., Attn: Thomas Cooke, President, 2 Poggy Bay Lane, Mystic, CT 06355.
Voce, Inc. is a not-for-profit tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and your gift is fully deductible under section 170 of the Code. Attendees of the May 3rd and/or May 11th concert should reduce their deduction by $20 per attendee per event. If you make a donation and do not attend either event, your entire contribution is tax deductible.
More about Voce
As Voce enters its second decade of performance, its music is better than ever. Voce’s commitment to harmony has caught the attention of some of the world’s greatest living choral composers, including National Medal of Arts Recipient Morten Lauridsen, Ola Gjeilo, Ēriks Ešenvalds and Paul Mealor. After working with Voce, these composers offered high praise for Voce and its Artistic Director, Mark Singleton:
· Paul Mealor described Voce as “one of the finest choirs on the planet” with “a warmth of tone and beauty that is unique.”
· Ēriks Ešenvalds described Artistic Director Mark Singleton as “a very sensitive and smart conductor – he finds hidden beauties in the scores that most conductors would never know existed.”
· Morten Lauridsen praised Singleton’s work as “exemplifying choral performance at its finest.”
Voce’s sound is a direct result of Mark Singleton’s uncompromising commitment to the service of harmony. Singleton challenges each singer in the ensemble to “serve harmony, evoke its spirit and free yourself of discord. Dedicate yourself to your ensemble, your section and your neighbor. Be the embodiment of cooperation. Listen, connect and fulfill your duty to the music, the team and all those who hear you. Such is the substance of greatness – such is the foundation of harmony.”
Voce’s music is built on this creed, which begins every Voce rehearsal and resonates throughout every performance. The result is a uniquely welcoming experience for singers and audience members alike. Through harmony, our differences can be used to make music more beautiful and inclusive than anything we can do on our own.
Because of its commitment to harmony, Voce’s reputation is growing worldwide. Its recordings are being heard by an ever-increasing global audience with its most recent recording, “Music of the Spheres,” now being heard in over 50 countries and on virtually every continent. And Voce is making all of this happen right here in New England and New York: in addition to performing concerts throughout Connecticut, Voce has performed in Boston and Providence and made its New York debut at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan in 2017.
Under the management of Voce’s Board of Directors, Voce has sustained its commitment to fiscal responsibility with a track record of year over year positive financial performance. Voce’s management is volunteer-based, ensuring that donations and ticket proceeds support the musicians who are Voce’s heart and soul.
Voce shares its mission with the next generation of singers, regularly performing with collegiate and high school choirs and providing them with an opportunity to work with and hear one of the nation’s premiere choirs.
Voce is a New England-based musical treasure – one of only a few regional organizations with an international audience for its recordings. Your support for Voce’s “Growing Audiences” Initiative will enable Voce and Mark Singleton to bring Voce’s music and its message of harmony to an ever-widening audience and will help Voce to build an enduring future for choral music in New England and beyond.