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 Carolina Voices - A Carolina Treasure.  A Carolina Tradition since 1953.

Founded as the Charlotte Choral Society in 1953 and renamed in 2000, Carolina Voices has been giving voice – literally – to the human experience for more than 59 years. Known first and foremost for The Singing Christmas Tree, Carolina Voices has grown from modest beginnings into a choral arts organization embracing three vocal ensembles and performing a variety of music that is unequaled in the Charlotte community.

Comprised of more than 130 volunteer singers in a given year, membership is by audition and interview. During the season, the three Carolina Voices’ ensembles produce concerts, workshops, educational opportunities and special events which touch thousands of adults and children in the diverse Charlotte Metrolina area. But what really sets Carolina Voices apart is the extraordinary spirit of its volunteer singers who provide their talent, time and energy to share their passion for music with others. With a rich legacy – and even more exciting vision for the future – Carolina Voices is proud to provide a dynamic resource for those in greater the Charlotte area who wish to perform choral music as well as for those who enjoy listening to it.

1953 - Founded in 1953 as Charlotte Choral Society.

1954 - Produced the first Singing Christmas Tree show in the United States in Charlotte.

1990 - MainStage Choir Chamber Ensemble, a select vocal group, split into Festival Singers and Impromptu.

1992 - Became an affiliate of the Arts & Science Council.

1992 - Became a resident company of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

1994 - Held its first free outreach performance of The Singing Christmas Tree with a free “Sneak Preview” for area social service agencies.

1995 - Formed Noteability Education and Outreach Choir.

2000 - Changed name to Carolina Voices to better reflect the community served.

2004 - Celebrated 50th Anniversary of The Singing Christmas Tree.

2008 - Introduced the Singing Christmas Tree for KIDS to our annual productions.

2011 - Organized and participated in city-wide 9-11 Memorial Community Concert.

2011 - Started Carolina Kids’ Voices, a summer show choir camp for rising first through rising sixth graders.

2012 - Partnered with The Swallowing Center at Charlotte Ear Eye Nose & Throat Associates (CEENTA) to present World Voice Day. In April, 2013, the event was presented as part of CPCC’s annual arts festival, Sensoria.

2014 - Co-hosted "An Evening with Eric Whitacre" at Wingate University.

2014 - Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of The Singing Christmas Tree.

2015 - The Singing Christmas Tree and Singing Christmas Tree for KIDS moves venues to the Knight Theater.

Mission:
Carolina Voices celebrates the power of the human voice to enrich, educate, entertain and unite by presenting a diverse repertoire of choral music at the highest possible artistic level.

Vision:
Carolina Voices shall be a catalyst for collaboration to unite voices of diverse communities through song.