Voices United


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 19th year of Voices United!

Our guest clinician and conductor for 2017 is Constantina Tsolainou (see biography below).

 

REGISTRATION

Voices United 2017 Brochure – click here to download

Voices United 2017 Registration Form – click here to download

Registration is capped at 150 singers. The fee ($50.00) includes workshop fees, six anthems, and snacks. 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:

Manassas Chorale
PO Box 101
Manassas, VA 20108

Pre-registration is recommended, but you may also bring your registration and payment to a rehearsal.

Registration Deadline: February 24

 

REHEARSALS

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 2017:

Saturday February 11, 9-11 AM
Sunday February 12, 3-5 PM
Saturday February 18, 9-11 AM
Sunday February 19, 3-5 PM
Sunday February 26, 3-5 PM
Sunday March 5, 3-5 PM
Sunday March 12, 3-5 PM
Monday March 13, 7-9 PM (make-up date in case of snow)

 

WORKSHOP

Friday March 17, 7:00 PM – 9:15 PM (check-in begins at 6:30 PM)
Saturday March 18, 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.

 

CONCERT

The Voices United Concert will be held Saturday March 18, 2017 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.

 

ATTIRE

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

Constantina Tsolainou, Paul S. and Jean R. Amos Distinguished Chair in Music and Director of Choral Activities at the Schwob School of Music Columbus State University, has held conducting positions at Southern Methodist University, Westminster Choir College, New England Conservatory, McGill University (Montreal, Quebec), Oregon State University, and Oklahoma City University. She has served as Artistic Director of the Canterbury Choral Society in Oklahoma City, Director of Music at Lovers Lane United Methodist Church and Artistic Director and Conductor of the Aria Chamber Chorus in Dallas, Texas. During her tenure at SMU, Ms. Tsolainou established the SMU/Dallas Vocal Arts Ensemble; while in Montreal she was the Artistic Director and Conductor of Anima Musica, an ensemble formerly known in Canada as the Donovan Chorale. Currently she is Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Arts District Chorale in Dallas, Texas.

Ms. Tsolainou has presented workshops, master classes and concert performances in Australia, Canada, China, Europe, and throughout the U.S. In collaboration with James Jordan of Westminster Choir College, she developed the instructional video Ensemble Diction: Language and Style, Principles and Application, and participated in a second video entitled Group Vocal Technique: The Choral Ensemble Warm-up. Trained first as a singer, Ms. Tsolainou has appeared in opera and musical theatre productions in addition to numerous performances on the concert stage.

She has prepared choruses for operatic productions and other collaborative performances presented by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Oklahoma, Columbus Symphony Orchestra (Ohio and Georgia), Empire Brass, Fort Worth Dallas Ballet, Opera Columbus, Opera Festival of New Jersey, Tulsa Opera, and Voices of Change. Conductors with whom she has worked include Leonard Bernstein, Charles Dutoit, Eric Ericson, Joseph Flummerfelt, Carlo Maria Giulini, Zubin Mehta, Riccardo Muti and Robert Shaw.