ABOUT VOICES UNITED
Voices United is an annual musical gathering of sacred music open to all singers from all walks of life, aged high school through retirement. There is no audition. Registered singers participate in preliminary rehearsals, followed by a two-day workshop with a guest clinician and conductor, capped by an evening concert in conjunction with the Manassas Chorale. This is our 22nd year of Voices United!
Our guest clinician and conductor for 2020 is Sigrid Johnson (see biography below).
Registration for Voices United 2020 is now open.
The registration fee ($50) includes workshop fees, six anthems, and snacks. Payment must be included with registration. Download the form by clicking the link above. Please submit one registration form per participant. Make checks payable to Manassas Chorale. If paying for more than one registrant, please list names on the check. Registration is not complete until payment is received. Mail your form and payment to:
PO Box 101
Manassas, VA 20108
Pre-registration is highly recommended, but you may also bring your registration and payment to a rehearsal.
Registration Deadline: March 1
Singers will receive a music packet at the first rehearsal they attend. Singers MUST attend at least three out of seven rehearsals (more are encouraged, but optional) to be eligible to participate in the workshop and concert. All rehearsals will be held in Weston Hall at Manassas Baptist Church.
Rehearsal schedule for 2020:
Saturday Feb 15, 9-11 AM Saturday Mar 7, 9-11 AM
Saturday Feb 22, 9-11 AM Sunday Mar 8, 3-5 PM
Sunday Feb 23, 3-5 PM Saturday Mar 14, 9-11 AM
Sunday Mar 1, 3-5 PM Sunday Mar 15, 3-5 PM (makeup if needed)
Friday March 20, 7:00 PM – 9:15 PM (check-in begins at 6:30 PM)
Saturday March 21, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
The workshop will take place at Manassas Baptist Church. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Bring your music, pencil for marking music, and a water bottle. Snacks will be provided. Please do not wear perfume/cologne or scented body lotions; some singers may have allergies.
The Voices United Concert will be held Saturday March 21, 2019 at 7:30 PM at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. Singers will have a dress rehearsal prior to the concert (call time 6:15 PM). The Manassas Chorale will perform the first half of the concert, followed by the Voices United Workshop Choir. The two choirs will combine for a final number directed by the guest clinician. The concert is open to the public. Tickets area available via the Hylton Box Office. Registered singers do NOT need a ticket.
Manassas Chorale members will wear their concert attire. Singers in the Voices United Workshop Choir only will wear the following:
Men: dark trousers, necktie and jacket (preferably black) and white dress shirt OR black tuxedo with white shirt and black bow tie; black shoes and socks.
Women: long black skirt and black long-sleeve dressy blouse OR long black dress with long sleeves; black hose and black shoes. Simple earrings are acceptable, no dangling or large hoops; no necklaces, bracelets, or brooches.
Each singer will also need a black performance folder, available for purchase at one of the preliminary rehearsals.
ABOUT OUR GUEST CLINICIAN
As the associate conductor of VocalEssence, Sigrid Johnson provides invaluable input on repertoire decisions, choral blend and balance, and in the audition process. Her unique ways of working to achieve excellence in choral blend and intonation have garnered her great praise. Sigrid was a member of the voice and choral faculty of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and conductor of the Manitou Singers, St. Olaf’s 100-voice first-year women’s chorus.
Sigrid Johnson maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and clinician at choral festivals, workshops and all-state music festivals across the country. She is known internationally for her work with musicians at all levels, having conducted workshops in Australia, the Netherlands, Sweden and Finland. In August 2008, she was one of the featured lecturers for the Eighth World Symposium on Choral Music in Copenhagen; and in 2011, was featured in the Ninth World Symposium held in Argentina. Sigrid is active in the American Choral Director’s Association, the Music Educator’s National Conference, the International Federation for Choral Music, and Chorus America.