Voices receives grant from Kiwanis

Dec 20, 2013
Photo by: Donated photo Pictured are Sam Crain, Kiwanis VP and grants chair; Suzy Bernadi, Voices operations manager; Sarah Smith, Voices Laurel strings director; and John Franco, Kiwanis president.

Voices in the Laurel was the recipient of a $1,931 unrestricted grant from the Kiwanis Club of Waynesville. The grant was used to purchase a Roland FP-4 digital piano that is easily transportable, sounds and feels like a real piano, and offers modern features that add musical versatility and enjoyment.   It will be utilized in performances where a piano is not available, for rehearsals and for the summer camp.

Voices in the Laurel was founded in 1996 by Martha Weathers Brown as a local community children’s choir.  Their mission is to provide young singers with the opportunity to sing quality choral literature through the rehearsal and performance of quality music and foster a love of the arts.  They have three choirs:  Treble Makers for first and second grade singers; Concert Choir for third to fifth- grade singers; and Chamber Choir for sixth to 12th grade singers.   The tour choir has performed coast to coast in the U.S. and internationally in England, Spain and France.  They participated in the Kingsway International Performance Tour to Madrid and Barcelona in 2012 and the Crescent City Choral Festival in New Orleans this past summer.

In the spring of 2014, Voices has been invited to participate in the MidAmerica Productions Performance Tour in New York City at Carnegie Hall.   Voices also conducts Summer Voice, a week long summer day camp.  The mission of Summer Voice is for campers to have a fun and exciting week where they have the opportunity to work with professional choreographers and musicians. In addition to choral music art, campers learn guitar, piano, percussion as well as dulcimer, or world drumming.

The cClub is proud to support the development of the musical talents of the youth in this area.
To learn more about the Kiwanis Club of Waynesville, visit the group Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. at Laurel Ridge Country Club for lunch and a program or call Anne Kline 235-3010 or Jackey Webb at 400-5621.

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