Founded in 2011, by Music Director Beth Johanning, Voyces, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has brought the pleasure of early music to the community of Staten Island. Starting with its inaugural concert Wassail! the holiday tradition continued, partnering with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Staten Island each December since 2012 to produce Renaissance Lessons and Carols. December of 2014 culminated with O Great Mystery: Renaissance Reflections on 9 Lessons hosted by St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery.
In December of 2012, Voyces participated in a concert for the victims of Hurricane Sandy in the devastated Staten Island community of Midland Beach.
The ensemble has collaborated with and hosted a number of musical organizations, local and regional. Notably, in June 2013, Voyces hosted Richmond Choral Society Youth Chorus, the Christ Church Community Youth Choir, and the Baroque instrumental ensemble, American Virtuosi in a concert featuring Bach BWV 106 Actus Tragicus. The 2013-2014 season produced a new oratorio, Masada by H. Bialor, in collaboration with the Bernikow JCC. In addition to Voyces concerts of early music, in 2014 the group performed Carmen with the SI Philharmonic and co-sponsored a concert of Baroque instrumental music performed by Aeris in conjunction with the 5 Boroughs Music Festival. In April of 2015 and 2016 Voyces was the guest of Saint Mary the Virgin Church, Times Square for Evensong.
Voyces “triumphed” in June 2013 with Cryes of London, a concert of 17th century English music, featuring excerpts from Purcell’s Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary and the semi-opera King Arthur. Since then the ensemble has treated Staten Island audiences to more masterpieces of Baroque opera: L’Orfeo (excerpts) by Claudio Monteverdi as part of The Underworld Project and a semi-staged Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell, both with an orchestra of Baroque specialists.
2016 will see Voyces co-sponsor and collaborate with the superb vocal ensemble New York Polyphony as part of the 5 Boroughs Music Festival. The Staten Island project, slated for June 2017, featuring a collaboration of Voyces, Young Voyces and guest professional instrumentalists, All Generations: 3 Magnificat will include a free concert in Manhattan at Saint Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, and at Trinity Lutheran Church, Staten Island. Voyces rehearsal home is Christ Church, New Brighton, Staten Island.
Young Voyces is the youth chorus affiliate of the Staten Island-based early music ensemble, Voyces.
Gabrielle Tricorico, Siobhan Cintula, Kristin Reiersen Parrish, Anne Sweeney, Sarah Merten, Eleanor Sokoll, Rose Couchon, Leslie Thompson, Michala Williams, David Smolokoff, Eric Alexieff, Evan Alexieff, Patrick Wakie, Connor Gibbs, Mark Rossnagel, Gerald Keucher, Dana Mooney, Roy Danischewski, Mitchel Berger, Jonathan Caro, Jonathan Guss.