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Voices of Gwynedd

The Voices of Gwynedd is a 100-member choir comprised of full- and part-time students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Gwynedd Mercy University. Directed by Carol Evans, a seasoned soprano and assistant professor of music in the University's School of Arts and Sciences, the choir has developed into a highly professional choral ensemble presenting quality programs representing many different genres. Performances by the choir and its musical collaborators are establishing the University as a strong cultural presence in Southeastern Pennsylvania and the entire Tri-state area.

Enriching the campus and the region, the Voices of Gwynedd provide on-campus concerts and events throughout the year. In addition, the ensemble has represented the University at a number of high profile regional events. Their most recent regional events include performances at a celebration for the Sisters of Mercy at the Kimmel Center, the Convocation ceremony for the Collegium Augustinianum Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology in Philadelphia, the Gwynedd Mercy University Founder’s Society Dinner at the Blue Bell Country Club, and several Philadelphia sports team games, such as the Phillies, Eagles, and Flyers! In addition, for the past several years, the Voices have been joining hundreds of Breast Cancer Survivors in their search for a cure by performing at the opening ceremonies at the Race for the Cure on the steps of the Art Museum in Philadelphia. Other notable performances include performing with Barry Manilow on The Ultimate Manilow Concert Tour, JoDee Messina on her Christmas Tour, Broadway singer Linda Eder on her Holiday Tour, and as the featured choir with Judy Collins on her Christmas Tour.

The group has expanded its repertoire with concert tours in England, Italy, Ireland, Canada, Nashville, San Diego, Washington D.C., Virginia, Walt Disney World, the American Southwest and performances for Spanish Missions, U.S. Naval Bases and most recently to Vienna and Salzburg, Austria and Prague, Czech Republic, where they performed multiple concerts at several venues, including masses in Czech and German. As part of the tour, they were able to explore many beautiful and moving sights such as some of Mozart’s childhood homes, the Mauthausen concentration camp, and some of the filming locations from the classic The Sound of Music.

The Voices were honored in 1999 when they were asked to sing at the world premiere grand finale of Leslie Burr's opera Vanqui, at Opera Columbus in Columbus, Ohio. Subsequently the Voices have participated in additional presentations of Vanqui. Most recently, the group has collaborated with Mr. Burrs and members of Opera North in the event Jazz Goes to the Opera at the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia.

On-campus performances include: Annual Carol Nights, performed for two nights in the University's Julia Ball Auditorium (these are always sell-out performances), and the Annual Spring Musicale. For more information, call 215-646-7300 ext. 144

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VOG President's Profile
Meet Carol Evans, VOG Director
Past Performances

 

Events

The Voices of Gwynedd Cultural Events Brochure – 2014-2015

Spaghetti Dinner
Saturday, November 8, 2014, 4:30-7 p.m.
Wissahickon Fire House
245 Race Street, Ambler, Pa.

The Voices of Gwynedd will not only serve you a grand dinner, but also provide lovely musical entertainment at their Annual Spaghetti Dinner. All proceeds support the Voices of Gwynedd. Admission: Adults $8, Children (ages 4-12) $5, Children ages 3 and under are free

Hickory Brass Ensemble
Friday, November 14, 2014, 8 p.m.

Julia Ball Auditorium
From the Renaissance to present day, from the concert hall to the jazz club, from the church to the movie screen, The Hickory Brass entertains audiences with humor and excitement by featuring music that spans more than 400 years. Whether performing high energy jazz, soulful ballads, or noble classics, the Hickory Brass creatively arranges each musical number to tell a story. These stories are woven into a program designed to give the listener a window into the power of music to create a deep and substantial connection to the people, places and events that shape our history.

The Hickory Brass is a collection of the Philadelphia area’s finest and most accomplished brass musicians. Each performer brings decades of performance experience and professionalism to the concert stage including appearances with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia Opera Company, Philadelphia Ballet, Reading Symphony, and Reading Pops.

As an ensemble, the Hickory Brass has been featured throughout the region including appearances at Bethlehem’s Musikfest, the Reading Public Museum as well as NBC 10’s tribute to Memorial Day. Admission: Free

Annual Carol Night - Appalachian Winter
Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, December 5 & 6, 2014, 8 p.m.
Julia Ball Auditorium

The Voices of Gwynedd Choral Ensemble will present a multimedia Christmas musical that celebrates the legacy of early American carols and hymnody. Composed in the spirit of folk music, the cantata combines traditional sounds with more rustic elements creating a blend that is fresh and pleasing. Popular American carols like “Away In a Manger” and “O Little Town of Bethlehem” dance with traditional spirituals such as “Children, Go Where I Send Thee” and “Go, Tell It on the Mountain.” Sacred Harp tunes are re-tooled for Advent and stand alongside new versions of Shaker hymns and Appalachian melodies. Thoughtful narration weaves the movements together in a meaningful tapestry of song and story.  Favorite carols are mixed with mountain melodies reflecting a Celtic heritage, along with plaintive Native American tones, Shaker and Southern harp hymn-tunes. Admission: Free

Rise Up Singing!
Friday, February 6, 2015, 8 p.m.
Julia Ball Auditorium

So there is, quite possibly, no better way to celebrate African-American history month than by taking a look at the incredible music that has been contributed to the American story by African-American musicians and writers. The influence of African-American musicians on the evolution of American music has been immeasurable. Many of the songs that have come to be synonymous with struggle, empowerment, human rights, and perseverance have come from the African-American community. Members of Opera North, Inc. (ONI)  will present Songs of Reflection, Songs of Hope, Songs of Justice, Songs of Love and Inspiration, Songs of Faith, and Songs with Thanks and In Tribute.  This concert will feature Gerald Veasley on bass, Mark Kramer on piano, Leslie Burrs on flute, and singers Cameron Chandler, Alison Sanders, and Julie Bishop. Admission: Free

 

 

 

Spring Musicale - Echoes of Peace, Visions of Hope
Wednesday, April 15, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, April 17, 2015, 8 p.m.
Julia Ball Auditorium

There’s something special that happens when just the right people come together at just the right time with a like-minded goal.  The Voices of Gwynedd is a choral ensemble comprised of singers from all backgrounds and cultures and ages.  In this program of music, the Voices of Gwynedd will present a program both of choral masterpieces and popular music that reinforces the theme of Gwynedd Mercy University for this academic year– Seeking Truth, Mercy and Justice. Admission: Free
 

Fundraisers

Why not show your appreciation for the Voices of Gwynedd by supporting them in one of their many fundraisers taking place throughout the year.

Fundraiser at Five Below in Montgomeryville
First Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
You are invited to support our music program – The Voices of Gwynedd – and also shop at the Five Below Store in Montgomeryville. Please print this ticket, just hand it to your cashier, and the Voices of Gwynedd will receive 10% of your purchase! Your support in any amount will help us reach our goal. Thank you! Call the VOG office at 215-646-7300, ext 157 OR EMAIL: VOG@gmercyu.edu

Yankee Candles
Candles are a favorite holiday tradition, so why not contact a VOG member now to order your favorite scent, beautiful holders or one-of-a-kind wrapping paper for the holidays! Or order online at  www.yankeecandlefundraising.com and use Group Number: 990037105. All orders are due by October 22, for Christmas delivery. For more information, please contact the VOG Office at 215-646-7300, ext. 157. vog@gmercyu.edu

Spaghetti Dinner
Saturday, November 8, 4:30-7 p.m.
Wissahickon Fire House
245 Race Street, Ambler, Pa.

The Voices of Gwynedd will not only serve you a grand dinner, but also provide lovely musical entertainment at their Annual Spaghetti Dinner. All proceeds support the Voices of Gwynedd. Admission: Adults $8, Children (ages 4-12) $5, Children ages 3 and under are free

Program Ads
Why not use the Voices of Gwynedd for your advertising needs? Every year our Christmas Carol Nights are sold out for three different nights (over 1200 people) – a perfect crowd to see your business advertised in the program for our Christmas Concert. Orders are due by Wednesday, November 12. For more information, call the VOG office at 215-646-7300, ext. 157. vog@gmercyu.edu

Download Fall 2014 Program Ads (pdf)

Piazza's Thanksgiving Pies
 

Letters From Santa
A personalized letter from Santa will warm the heart of any child or adult. Send a personalized “Letter from Santa” to your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, neighbor or friend! All Santa’s letters are printed on festive holiday paper and will be accompanied by Special Holiday Stickers from Santa! Santa’s letters can include any personal information requested on the order form. Letters will be received about a week prior to Christmas. All orders are due by November 23. For more information, please contact the VOG Office at 215-646-7300, ext. 157. vog@gmercyu.edu

Letters to Santa Form 2014

Singing Valentines
Have your sweetheart or your friends serenaded with a surprise Singing Valentine on Valentine's Day!
Choose from a list of songs that you want the Voices of Gwynedd to sing over the phone to that special someone. Singing Valentines are delivered on February 14. Cost is $5 per Valentine. vog@gmercyu.edu or ext 21157.

List of Singing Valentine Songs      Singing Valentines Single Order Form

VOG President's Profile

Name: Denny Sidorick 

Major: Nursing

How long have you been with the VOG?: Denny is beginning his third full year with the VOG, and second as the president  

How long have you been singing?: Denny has loved to sing since he could talk. He has been in school choirs and theater productions since 3rd grade. He also plays several instruments. He loves that he can continue his passion for music with the VOG.

Who are your musical influences?: Denny has always loved to sing, and has been encouraged by his family to pursue his hobby. He enjoys all different types of music, especially rock. He loves the variety of musical styles covered in the VOG repertoire.

What is your vocal range?: Denny is a tenor.

What are your hopes for the VOG?: Denny hopes to remain a member of the VOG after he graduates Gwynedd Mercy University, if he stays in the area. He also hopes to get more students involved with the Voices and to continue to travel to wonderful places, spreading the gift of music.

What have been some of your most memorable moments with the VOG?: Denny has had so many wonderful memories with the choir. His favorite memories are having a wonderful evening with the VOG’s celebration on the Spirit of Philadelphia Dinner Cruise in December 2012 and getting to go to Europe for the first time with the VOG, traveling to Austria and Prague. Denny hopes to make more wonderful memories with the choir in the future.
 

Meet Carol Evans, VOG Director

Carol EvansCarol Evans is Assistant Professor of Music and Choral Director of The Voices of Gwynedd at Gwynedd Mercy University. Ms. Evans has distinguished herself by receiving the Christian R. and Mary F Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching at Gwynedd Mercy University and also the Gwynedd Mercy University Outstanding Professor of the Year Award.

Ms. Evans holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Temple University and a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. Under the direction of Ms. Evans, the Voices of Gwynedd has developed into a highly professional choral ensemble presenting quality programs of many different genres. The Voices of Gwynedd have been invited to participate in high profile performances with international recording artists in both the pop and classical fields. They include: Barry Manilow, Linda Eder, Judy Collins, JoDee Messina and John Rutter conducting the magnificent Requiem by Mozart on the stage of Carnegie Hall. The Voices of Gwynedd has served as the opera chorus on numerous occasions for the award-winning American opera Vanqui.

Ms. Evans has led The Voices of Gwynedd in extensive performance tours throughout the United States as well as internationally to London, Ireland and Italy.
 

Past Performances
 

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