About "VOCI" - Voices of Canton, Inc.
Enriching community life through the best of choral arts.
To celebrate choral art, using the power of "many voices" to educate, inspire, and unite.
Many Voices....One Passion
VOCI, meaning many voices in Italian, and pronounced VO-CHEE, is a 70 voice community chorus united by one passion.....singing.
Today, with a new mission and new leadership, Voices of Canton, Inc., is an auditioned chorus that is passionately pursuing its’ mission to educate, inspire and unite through the performance of choral art. At Voices of Canton, we engage people of all ages in our community through innovative choral music programming, such as:
Sing Stark!: A pop-up style chorus that meets monthly at the Canton Brewing Company in downtown Canton.
Seniors Sing. A program that fosters the creation of choirs in assisted living homes and senior centers.
Summer Youth Honors Chorus: A one week day camp offering creative vocal and choral experiences for Stark County middle school singers.
Canton City School District Partnership: Creating choral inspired learning opportunities for students of our community.
This season we welcome new artistic director, Dr. Jon C. Peterson to the VOCI staff as we take another step forward in pursuing our mission.
The existence of Voci is credited to the passion of one woman, Dorothy Kerst Davis, who after spending a summer at the Chautauqua Music Festival wanted to bring opera home to Canton, Ohio. With the support of the Director from Chautauqua Opera and Maestro Bimboni from the Julliard School, Dorothy persuaded Boris Goldovsky at that time, from Cleveland Institute of Music, to be their director. He had one contingency: Ms. Davis must have at least 14 trained singers to participate. With her passion and enthusiasm, Ms. Davis had 100 singers signed up for a long night of auditions. However, in the Northern Ohio tradition, a blizzard prevented all but 20 to come and sing for Goldovsky. It was enough! And this fabulous conductor who later went on to conduct opera at the New England Conservatory of Music, Tanglewood, and finally was the commentator for the Saturday afternoon live Met Opera radio broadcasts, directed and conducted the first 5 opera productions of the Canton Civic Opera, later renamed Voices of Canton, Inc.