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.
Young Voyces is the youth chorus affiliate of the Staten Island-based early music ensemble, Voyces.