photo circa 2017 by Karen Arnold
V.O.I.C.E. is a 501(c)(3), volunteer community musical organization that strives to marry the Arts with the art of giving back. We are located in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Our benefit concerts, which are performed semi-annually (June and December), are designed to raise both awareness and funds for other local non-profit organizations. 100% of the proceeds raised during our performances go to the selected beneficiary for that performance. You can learn more about being a beneficiary here. But there's more than just monetary logistics...
Performance seasons follow the calendar year, but are divided into semesters: February to June and August to December. Our concerts are themed, memorized, and (lightly) choreographed and staged. Our music spans across genres and themes such as Broadway, Disney, Country, and 'Glee', as well as other chart toppers. Musical experience in the organization ranges from novice to seasoned singers, and music is performed in coed harmonies, ranging from 3-8 parts. Concerts are performed with a minimum 3-piece combo band, that includes keys, guitar/bass, and drums. You can find out more about how to become a part of our musical family here.
history of v.o.i.c.e.
V.O.I.C.E. was founded in 2008, by James D. Kiser, with the simple intent of using a musical concert to raise funds for another local organization. The rest, as they say, is history. And what fun it's been in the making! In the past decade, we have supported many wonderful organizations with our performances, with a combined total raised in excess of $30,000. We have supported organizations such as Valley Associates for Independent Living, Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery, Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership, The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, Valley Program for Aging Services, and more! We have also gotten to know many wonderful musicians, with our group averaging 28-30 singers per concert set. Over the years, our membership has included over 100 individual singers, musicians, and technical supporters!
We are looking forward to another decade of full music and community!
But first, let us celebrate our past...
Our debut performance(s) were held on the weekend of May 15th In 2008. Those performances included 17 singers, featured the music of Broadway, and raised $1,400 for a local Relay for Life walking team. During 2009 and 2010, V.O.I.C.E. performed three benefit concerts, May, September, and December. A Leadership Team was put into place during the 2010 season in an effort to assist the Director. In 2011, the element of live accompaniment was added, by way of a 7-piece combo band, which included many members of the well-known, local cover band Everyday People. It was in that year that V.O.I.C.E. scaled back to two major benefit concerts annually. This allowed for each set of performances to be a 2-day event, one in June and the other in December.
Beginning in 2012, a second ensemble was added under the V.O.I.C.E. name, and lovingly dubbed The Sunday Singers. The purpose of this ensemble was to provide service music to local area churches upon request—a need that had been present since 2008. V.O.I.C.E. singers had the opportunity to choose participation in either ensemble, or both. The Sunday Singers ensemble averaged 14-20 singers per service and performed in coed harmonies ranging from 3-6 parts. Meanwhile, The Benefit Singers continued to provide their services, with the assistance of Vision of Hope UMC by way of a rehearsal space to call home.
In 2014 V.O.I.C.E. officially obtained our 501(c)(3) status. That exciting news raised the roof on the possibilities of growth as well as outreach. In 2016 The Sunday Singers officially disbanded as an ensemble with the caveat of being reorganized if the need resurfaced. Beginning in 2015, the Leadership Team chose to expand into more of an administrative role, governing areas such as the annual budget, promotional output, and rehearsal record. To date, the team includes a Treasurer, Secretary, Outreach Coordinator, and Graphic and Web Designer.
Every semester, V.O.I.C.E. looks forward to seeing new singers and performers, stretching our musicality, supporting new organizations, and most importantly, doing good work right here in our community.
The purpose of V.O.I.C.E. shall be to provide inspirational community enrichment through quality entertainment while raising awareness and financial support for local non-profit organizations
Past concert information coming soon!