ABOUT Voices of Canton

About Voices of Canton, Inc.

Our Vision

Enriching community life through the best of choral arts.

Our Mission

To celebrate choral art, using the power of "many voices" to educate, inspire, and unite.

Many Voices....One Passion

Formerly Canton Civic Opera, the Voices of Canton was founded in 1939.

Today, with a new mission and new leadership, Voices of Canton, Inc., is a multi-ensemble choral arts organization passionately pursuing its’ mission to educate, inspire and unite. At Voices of Canton, we engage people of all ages in our community through innovative choral music programming, such as:

VOCI Chorus : The founding ensemble for nearly 80 years, this auditioned choir performs multiple concert cycles each season.

VOX AUDIO  : A 16 voice, auditioned, a cappella ensemble  performs "Pentatonix style" concerts throughout the year. 

Sing Stark!: A pop-up style chorus that meets on the 1st Monday of every month at the Royal Docks Brewhouse and Cannery and the 3rd Wednesday of every month at the Canton Brewing Company in downtown Canton.

Seniors Sing. A program, in partnership with Aultman Generations that offfers the proven health and wellness benefits of group singing to Stark County seniors.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

VOCI's History

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.