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New Scholarship Ornament by John Boyett, Canton glass blower

Each year John Boyett, artist and owner of Canton Glass Works, creates a special ornament to support our Scholarship program. Here is a sneak peak at this year's ornament which is a gift to you with a contribution of $40 or more to the Voices of Canton Scholarship Fund. Our 59th Annual Scholarship Auditions will be held on Sunday, April 30, at 2 p.m in Cabel Recital Hall at the Cultural Center for the Arts. Singers from North-East Ohio will be competing for a total of  $5,500 in scholarships this year. These audition are open to the public. Winners will perform on Thursday, May 11th for the Scholarship Luncheon at the Massillon Woman's Club. For more information check out our Featured Events.

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SingStark! remembers the great Leonard Cohen

On Wednesday, November 16th, at the Canton Brewing Company, PJ Chavez and the SingStark! band lead 70 people in a heartfelt performance of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah.

Join us on December 21st, when we sing "And so this is Christmas" by John Lennon and "The Twelve Pains of Christmas".

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Welcome James Leatherbarrow to the VOCI Board of Trustees

The VOCI Board of Trustees welcomes Dr. James Leatherbarrow, of Stark State College. Mr. Leatherbarrow was born in Devon, England. He has taught music theory, history, and musicianship at Kent State University, Youngstown State University, and the University of Akron. In 2011, he received his Ph.D. in music theory and composition from Kent State University.  Mr. Leatherbarrow is an assistant professor at Stark State College, where he runs the Music Production and Engineering program.

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Seniors Sing

Seniors Sing

Tuesday was the first rehearsal in our partnership with the Canton Christian Home, in a new project called Seniors Sing. The project is a new community engagement program that fosters the creation of choirs in assisted living homes and senior centers.  Residents joined together with VOCI choristers for a wonderful time of singing. Accompanist Eleanor, Kear and VOCI member, Joann Smith are excited to be participating with the new choir. The choir will be performing on Wednesday, November 30th at 2:30 PM.

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VOCI Scholarship Auditions 2015!

Thrilling! Inspiring! Those are the words that come to mind as I think of the VOCI Scholarship Auditions that were held this past Sunday, May 3rd in Cable Recital Hall at the Cultural Center for the Arts in Canton.

Twenty-eight talented, young singers, representing eleven universities/music schools (Baldwin Wallace, Capital University, Cleveland Institute of Music, College of Wooster, Eastman School of Music, Malone University, Ohio University, University of Akron, University of Dayton, University of Toledo and University of Valley Forge) competed for six scholarships totaling $4,500.

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VOCI Feature Story on WKSU

VOCI was priveledged to have ML Schultze, award winning reporter for WKSU, write a feature story on our performances of the Civil War Cantatas and upcoming trip to Washington DC.

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Experience the Finest Italian Cuisine at the Historic Onesto

VOCI is partnering with the Onesto to offer you the pairing of a great concert and fine Italian cuisine. Chef Raphael Vaccaro brings a classic Italian buffet to the lobby of the Historic Onesto.
Tickets for the Civil War Cantatas and Italian Buffet Package are $33 for adults, tax and gratuity included. 

The Buffet will begin at 5:00pm on Sunday, March 8th between showtimes. You will have plenty of time after the 3:00pm performance or before the 7:30pm performance to sit and enjoy this delicious dinner.
Call the Box Office today - 330.452.4098 - to purchase your tickets to this fine dining event!

The menu includes:

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The 2nd VOCI Annual Auction & Fundraiser promises to Dazzle!

Thank you to everyone who attended the 'Diamonds are Forever' fundraiser on Saturday, February 21st. A fun time was had by all!

Don't miss out on all the DAZZLE of this year's Auction and Fundraiser, "Diamonds are Forever"! If you will be unable to attend the main event on February 21st, you can still support VOCI by bidding in our online Auction, which features a selection of items appearing at this year's silent auction and fundraiser.  Bids from the online auction will carry over to the fundraiser event on February 21.  Don't be outbid at the live event - place your best bid online for a chance to win!  

Highlighted items include:

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VOCI sings for Canton Charge

On December 30th, VOCI sang the National Anthem at the Canton Charge game. They sounded amazing! Singers, family and friends stayed and cheered the Charge on to a victory!
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VOCI commissioned choral work for 75th Anniversary Virtual Choir Video

VOCI commissioned a choral work by composer Matthew Morgan of Chicago for a Virtual Choir to commemorate their 75th Anniversary. VOCI chorus member and studio engineer, Nate Lockwood, produced the video which was part of the 75th Anniversary Celebration Concert on October 12th.

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