ViVoce’s Winter Concerts
Far From Home
Saturday January 31, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Sunday February 1, 2015 at 4:30 pm
St Michael & All Angels Church, 1704 NE 43rd
Sing with Us!
Auditions are being held August & September, 2014
Audition Requirements: In your audition, you will vocalize, so we can hear your voice and your range. You will sight read a little music (not difficult). And we’d like you to sing a song you know well, a cappella (folk song, hymn, aria, your choice, as long as not jazz/pop).
Rehearsal Schedule: Monday evenings from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM (September – June) at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, 1704 N.E. 43rd Avenue. Rehearsals begin Monday, September 29, at 7 PM. Extra rehearsals may be added if needed.
Giving voice to diverse cultural experiences through song and story: In January 2003, Portland Revels formed a group it called The Revels Singers. The group was comprised of 16 men and women, all of whom had been members of the Christmas Revels chorus. This group had four purposes: to create a singing group that could enjoy singing together year-round, to extend the Revels presence to the community all year; to offer Revels mission outreach; and to create a resource pool for year-round Revels events. The original group performed a repertoire of madrigals and other traditional music in Medieval and Renaissance costumes. Performance locations included the Portland Saturday Market, Portland Airport, and the Portland Rose Festival, and also in house concerts and at Portland Revels events.
In 2005, the group created its first full concert program combining singing with elements of theater, comedy, and dance. In the fall of 2005 the group pragmatically elected to become an all-women ensemble due to a shortage of tenors and basses, and changed their name to ViVoce. Today the group consists of 18 to 25 women singers who love singing with each other and performing for the community.
ViVoce currently presents two song-and-story concerts a year, a January concert with themes creatively structured around Winter, and a June concert in honor of Summer. The group has slowly transitioned from a traditional choral concert to an audience-engaging performance that includes stories, poetry, costumes, and folk songs from many different countries.
Music director Bennett Bailey came on board in 2010, bringing new ideas and music, as well as an innate grasp of the Portland Revels / ViVoce mission. Mr. Bailey expanded the group’s folk song repertoire, making it a more central part of ViVoce’s musical identity. Assistant music director Jamie Webster, Ph.D., specializes in ethnomusicology, a perfect fit to expand the cultural adventures ViVoce and Revels bring to their audiences. Ms. Webster’s special expertise in Eastern European music brings haunting folk music from such exotic place as Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and Croatia to ViVoce programs.