Our Season


Fall / Winter Voices 2022

Voices’ December concert, Winter Joy, features our full company performing Kirk Mechem’s Seven Joys of Christmas – a setting of lesser-known carols from different countries in order to paint different aspects of joy for the Christmastide; Winter (from the forgottens) by Dan Locklair – a four-movement choral cycle, based on texts by 19th and early 20th century American poets, filled with vivid imagery expressing the magic and mystery that are a part of winter; and an invigorating and powerful gospel setting of Mary’s prayerful expression of joyRobert Ray’s Gospel Magnificat, complete with rhythm section. Our chamber ensemble, Cantari, will present a set of a cappella pieces including Salamone Rossi’s “Elohim hashivenu,” Robert Applebaum’s Maoz tsur,” a setting of the first principal of Kwanzaa (Unity) by Zanaida Robles; Nathaniel Dett’s “Ave Maria,” and a Nigerian Christmas song entitled “Keresimesi q’dun de o” arranged by Wendall Whalum, with several other selections.

Our season will culminate in 2 winter performances:

  • Friday, Dec 16, 2022 @ 7:30PM
  • Saturday, Dec 17, 2022 @ 3:00PM

FAQs about our Fall / Winter Season:

Q. When are rehearsals?
A. Voices rehearsals take place on Tuesday nights from 7:00-8:20 pm, and Cantari rehearsals will take place after a short 10 minute break from 8:30 – 9:30 pm on Tuesdays. We will rehearse in the Friends and Family Hall at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. 

Q: How do I sign up?
Unlike our summer chorus, fall chorus does require a short audition.
You can decide to audition only for Voices, or for Cantari as well.

  • If you’re a long-standing member of Voices or have already auditioned:
    • no need to audition again (unless you want to join Cantari for the first time – in that case, please use the audition link below).
    • Otherwise, current members please register before the first rehearsal via our Google Form → Fall 2022 Registration (Voices and Cantari)
  • If you’re new or a summer chorus member who hasn’t yet auditioned:

Q. Who is conducting for the fall season?
A: Our wonderful current conductor Dr. Stephen Futrell will be leading our fall chorus!
You can read more about him here: https://www.voiceschapelhill.org/about/staff-and-board/

Q: I’m going to have to miss a couple rehearsals; should I still join?
A: We ask that members make every effort to be at rehearsals so that we can all practice together and stay in sync. But we know that life happens! If you have to miss a rehearsal, you can practice the music on your own time and follow up with someone in your section to get any updates.

Q: How much does it cost to participate in fall chorus?
A: Dues are $120 for Voices and $150 for Voices and Cantari, and $75 for students. This includes the cost for your music packet. Please don’t ever let cost be the reason you don’t participate! There is an option on the sign-up form to request financial aid as well as sponsor-a-singer. We never turn away a singer for lack of funds. You’re welcome to reach out to me with any questions or concerns at any time about this topic.

Q: What are the mask and vaccination policies for fall chorus?
A: Vaccinations are required. Weekly guidance on masking will be provided by the board via email based on CDC Community Levels:

  • Low community level = mask optional
  • Medium community level = mask strongly recommended
  • High community level = mask required

Q: Will music be provided?
A: Yes! You’ll get your music at our first rehearsal on Tuesday, September 13th (or you’re also welcome to pick it up at our kick-off social on September 6th).

Q: Is this intended to be a religious choir?
A: No. We practice at a church because it is an inexpensive space for our rehearsals. And as you can see from our diverse repertoire at our holiday concert, we try to be inclusive in the kinds of music we sing. We seek to make everyone feel welcome and we certainly don’t require any particular faith affiliation for you to be part of our choir.

Q: I’m not sure what voice part I am. Does my gender matter?  Are there particular parts you need more / less of? Does Stephen help with this?
A: We welcome all parts, but we could definitely use more tenors and basses! And your gender doesn’t matter at all – your vocal part in our choir is based on your voice and your preference. Stephen absolutely can help with assessing what part might be a good fit for you. So if you’re a new member, talk to him at your audition with any questions. And if you’re an existing member that might like to switch parts, you’re also more than welcome to reach out to Stephen.

Q: What will choir members wear for the concert?
A: No need to purchase anything extra unless you want to, we just ask that choir members wear all black. That can look like: black dresses, a black top with black pants, black tuxedos or suits with a white shirt underneath with black pants / jacket / tie or bowtie, etc. We’ll communicate more about this and other concert details as we get closer to the concert.