Voices of Gwynedd
Voices of Gwynedd
The Voices of Gwynedd is a 100-member choir comprised of full- and part-time students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of Gwynedd Mercy University. Directed by Carol Evans, a seasoned soprano and assistant professor of music in the University's School of Arts and Sciences, the choir has developed into a highly professional choral ensemble presenting quality programs representing many different genres. Performances by the choir and its musical collaborators are establishing the University as a strong cultural presence in Southeastern Pennsylvania and the entire Tri-state area.
Enriching the campus and the region, the Voices of Gwynedd provide on-campus concerts and events throughout the year. In addition, the ensemble has represented the University at a number of high profile regional events. Their most recent regional events include performances at a celebration for the Sisters of Mercy at the Kimmel Center, the Convocation ceremony for the Collegium Augustinianum Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology in Philadelphia, the Gwynedd Mercy University Founder’s Society Dinner at the Blue Bell Country Club, and several Philadelphia sports team games, such as the Phillies, Eagles, and Flyers! In addition, for the past several years, the Voices have been joining hundreds of Breast Cancer Survivors in their search for a cure by performing at the opening ceremonies at the Race for the Cure on the steps of the Art Museum in Philadelphia. Other notable performances include performing with Barry Manilow on The Ultimate Manilow Concert Tour, JoDee Messina on her Christmas Tour, Broadway singer Linda Eder on her Holiday Tour, and as the featured choir with Judy Collins on her Christmas Tour.
The group has expanded its repertoire with concert tours in England, Italy, Ireland, Canada, Nashville, San Diego, Washington D.C., Virginia, Walt Disney World, the American Southwest and performances for Spanish Missions, U.S. Naval Bases and most recently to Vienna and Salzburg, Austria and Prague, Czech Republic, where they performed multiple concerts at several venues, including masses in Czech and German. As part of the tour, they were able to explore many beautiful and moving sights such as some of Mozart’s childhood homes, the Mauthausen concentration camp, and some of the filming locations from the classic The Sound of Music.
The Voices were honored in 1999 when they were asked to sing at the world premiere grand finale of Leslie Burr's opera Vanqui, at Opera Columbus in Columbus, Ohio. Subsequently the Voices have participated in additional presentations of Vanqui. Most recently, the group has collaborated with Mr. Burrs and members of Opera North in the event Jazz Goes to the Opera at the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia.
On-campus performances include: Annual Carol Nights, performed for two nights in the University's Julia Ball Auditorium (these are always sell-out performances), and the Annual Spring Musicale. For more information, call 215-646-7300 ext. 144
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The Voices of Gwynedd Cultural Events – 2013-2014
Annual Spaghetti Dinner
November 9, 2013
Enjoy a wonderful dinner and great music performed by the Voices of Gwynedd at our annual fundraiser. This event includes, dinner, dessert, music performed by the Voices from our previous concerts, and opportunities to win great prize baskets! This fundraiser will be on Saturday, November 9 from 4-6:30 PM at the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield PA.
Admission: $7 for adults, $5 for children 3-12, children under 3 are Free
Fall - Nov 15, 2013 – The fall Cultural Event will feature The Sean Kennedy Band in “Evolution- the History of the DRUM”. The program will start at 8 PM.
Admission: Free – Open to the Public
Annual Carol Nights ~a Journey to Christmas
December 4, 6 & 7, 2013
Enjoy the start of your holiday season as the Voices of Gwynedd present its Annual Carol Nights on Wednesday, December 4 at 7:30 PM; Friday, December 6 at 8 PM; and Saturday, December 7 at 8 PM. The program features a special musical journey to Christmas. The choral ensemble features one hundred singers from every major in the University, from faculty and staff of the University, and alumni and friends of Gwynedd Mercy University.
Admission: Free - Open to the Public
Spring - Feb 7, 2014 – The Spring Cultural Event will feature “Women in the Blues with the Alexis P. Sutor Band”. The program will start at 8 PM.
Admission: Free – Open to the Public
Spring Musicale ~Musical Journeys
April 9 & 11, 2014
Join the Voices of Gwynedd we sing music that brings hope for peace throughout the world. The choral ensemble features one hundred singers from every major in the University, from faculty and staff of the University, and alumni and friends of Gwynedd Mercy University. The program will be presented on Wednesday, April 9 at 7:30 PM and Friday, April 11 at 8 PM.
Admission: Free - Open to the Public
Why not show your appreciation for the Voices of Gwynedd by supporting them in one of their many fundraisers taking place throughout the fall semester?
Call the VOG office at (215) 646-7300, ext 157 OR EMAIL: VOG@Gwynedd Mercy University.EDU.
Please click here for the Fundraisers for the year Fall 2013 Fundraisers (pdf)
Why not use the Voices of Gwynedd for your advertising needs? Every year our Christmas Carol Nights are sold out for three different nights (over 1200 people) – a perfect crowd to see your business advertised in the program for our Christmas Concert. Orders are due by Wednesday, November 13. For more information, call the VOG office at (215) 646-7300, ext. 157. firstname.lastname@example.org
Download Fall 2013 Program Ads (pdf)
Letters From Santa
A personalized letter from Santa will warm the heart of any child or adult. Send a personalized “Letter from Santa” to your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, neighbor or friend! All Santa’s letters are printed on festive holiday paper and will be accompanied by Special Holiday Stickers from Santa! Santa’s letters can include any personal information requested on the order form. Letters will be received about a week prior to Christmas. All orders are due by November 14. For more information, please contact the VOG Office at (215) 646-7300, ext. 157. email@example.com
Letters to Santa Form 2013
Candles are a favorite holiday tradition, so why not contact a VOG member now to order your favorite scent, beautiful holders or one-of-a-kind wrapping paper for the holidays! All orders are due by November 1, for Christmas delivery. For more information, please contact the VOG Office at (215) 646-7300, ext. 157. firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for Yankee Candles Form (doc) YANKEE CANDLE SALE
PIAZZA BAKERY Pie Sale
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, what better to have than a freshly baked pie to share with your family or friends over Thanksgiving dinner? All orders are due by November 20, and will be received in time for Thanksgiving! For information, please contact the VOG Office at (215) 646-7300, ext. 157. email@example.com
Pie Order Form
VOICES OF GWYNEDD CALENDARS!
Enjoy a 12-month calendar filled with pictures of the Voices of Gwynedd for the year 2012!
Click here for Calendar Order Form Calendar sale
Have your sweetheart or your friends serenaded with a surprise Singing Valentine on Valentine's Day!
Choose from a list of songs that you want the Voices of Gwynedd to sing over the phone to that special someone. Singing Valentines are delivered on February 14. Cost is $5 per Valentine. firstname.lastname@example.org or ext 21157.
List of songs Singing Valentine Songs
Click here for the Singing Valentine Chart Singing Valentine Chart 2012
Click here for the Singing Valentine Single Order Form Valentines Single
Name: Dan Miller
Majors: English/Secondary Ed
How long have you been with the VOG?: Dan is beginning his third full year with the VOG, and second as the president
How long have you been singing?: Dan has loved to sing since he could talk. He has been in school choirs and theater productions since 3rd grade. He also plays several instruments. He loves that he can continue his passion for music with the VOG.
Who are your musical influences?: Dan has always loved to sing, and has been encouraged by his family to pursue his hobby. He enjoys all different types of music, especially rock. He loves the variety of musical styles covered in the VOG repertoire.
What is your vocal range?: Dan is a tenor.
What are your hopes for the VOG?: Dan hopes to remain a member of the VOG after he graduates Gwynedd Mercy University, if he stays in the area. He also hopes to get more students involved with the Voices and to continue to travel to wonderful places, spreading the gift of music.
What have been some of your most memorable moments with the VOG?: Dan has had so many wonderful memories with the choir. His favorite memories are having a wonderful evening with the VOG’s celebration on the Spirit of Philadelphia Dinner Cruise in December 2012 and getting to go to Europe for the first time with the VOG, traveling to Austria and Prague. Dan hopes to make more wonderful memories with the choir in the future.
Carol Evans is Assistant Professor of Music and Choral Director of The Voices of Gwynedd at Gwynedd Mercy University. Ms. Evans has distinguished herself by receiving the Christian R. and Mary F Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching at Gwynedd Mercy University and also the Gwynedd Mercy University Outstanding Professor of the Year Award.
Ms. Evans holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Temple University and a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. Under the direction of Ms. Evans, the Voices of Gwynedd has developed into a highly professional choral ensemble presenting quality programs of many different genres. The Voices of Gwynedd have been invited to participate in high profile performances with international recording artists in both the pop and classical fields. They include: Barry Manilow, Linda Eder, Judy Collins, JoDee Messina and John Rutter conducting the magnificent Requiem by Mozart on the stage of Carnegie Hall. The Voices of Gwynedd has served as the opera chorus on numerous occasions for the award-winning American opera Vanqui.
Ms. Evans has led The Voices of Gwynedd in extensive performance tours throughout the United States as well as internationally to London, Ireland and Italy.