Founded as the
Charlotte Choral Society in 1953 and renamed Carolina Voices in
2000, Carolina Voices has been giving voice – literally – to the
human experience for more than 50 years.
Known first and
foremost for its production of The Singing Christmas Tree, Carolina Voices
has grown from modest beginnings into a choral arts organization
embracing three vocal ensembles including MainStage Choir,
Festival Singers,and Impromptu which
all perform a variety of music that is unequaled in the
Comprised of more than
130 volunteer singers in a given year, membership is by audition and
interview. During the season, Carolina Voices’ ensembles
produce concerts, workshops, educational opportunities, summer youth camps 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 Charlotte
who wish to perform choral music as well as for those who enjoy
listening to it.
- Founded in 1953 as Charlotte Choral Society.
- Produced the first Singing Christmas Tree show in the United States.
- Formed Chamber
Ensemble, a select vocal group within the MainStage Choir in 1990.
- Became an
affiliate of the Arts & Science Council in 1992.
- Held its first
free outreach performance of The Singing Christmas Tree with a “Sneak
Preview” in 1994.
Noteability education and outreach choir in 1995.
- Changed name to
Carolina Voices in 2000 to better reflect the community served.
- Celebrated 50th Anniversary of The Singing Christmas Tree in 2004.
The Art of
28.5 million adults and children regularly
perform in choral groups in the United States. That’s more than
any other art form.
There are 250,000 choruses in the United States.
More than 15 percent of adults (and 18 percent
of adults and children) sing in a choir or chorus.
Choral singing is popular because it offers
individuals the opportunity to participate in an activity that
involves them artistically, builds community, enhances and
improves skills, and results in a product of great beauty.
Studies found that choristers are very active in
their communities, even apart from their chorus participation,
and behave in ways that are important to community-building.
Nearly 76 percent of choral singers report performing other
Choral singers are “joiners-in” and major
consumers of, the arts.
- Most choristers have had some level of
professional training and take their singing very seriously—it
is not merely a “spare time” hobby.
Impact Study, 2003.