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Voices Valiant Adult Choir

Voices Valiant Adult Choir will come together for a eight-week virtual choir experience this fall!  Singers will participate in virtual choir rehearsals, sectionals, and short masterclasses from U-M guest speakers including Mark Stover and Jerry Blackstone.

Two Voices Valiant chorus members laughing in rehearsal

Conducted by Norma Freeman, the Voices Valiant Adult Choir is a vocal music ensemble at the University of Michigan for singers who desire musical experiences that benefit those interested in the mature voice, those belonging to the retired adult community, or those looking to discover a new interest later in life. This chorus is designed for seniors who love to sing, enjoy learning through music, enjoy the social community that music can provide, and want to improve their mental and physical health through music. Whether you have experience reading music and singing in a choir, or if this is your first choral experience, you will enjoy being a member of this unique group!

Winter Term Dates: Tuesdays, February 9 – March 30, 2021 (8 Weeks)
Rehearsal Time: 10:30AM-11:50AM
Location: Online via Zoom and Canvas
Cost: $100*

 

*The members of Voices Valiant graciously donated a part of their tuition from last season to the Voices Valiant Scholarship Fund. If you are in need of tuition assistance, please send us a brief letter stating your financial need, and what you might be able to contribute to your tuition, at smtd-youthandadult@umich.edu.

Norma Freeman, Conductor 

Norma enjoyed a 40-year eclectic K-12 music teaching career in Illinois, Colorado, Texas, and most recently, Michigan, where she served as the director of choral music at Saline High School.  Under her direction, the choirs at Saline High School performed at numerous state and national music conferences and were selected by the King Singers to be their demonstration choir at the 2002 NAfME (National Association for Music Education) national conference in Nashville, TN.  Norma also directed the Intermediate choral music program at the Interlochen (MI) National Music Camp for 12 years.  She has guest conducted, adjudicated and presented workshops in 10 states on choral repertoire, integrated arts curriculum, middle school music, opera education, sight singing, and solo singing in the choir classroom.  Norma was a member of the author team for the popular choral textbook series, Experiencing Choral Music(© 2005 Hal Leonard / McGraw-Hill) and is a co-author for the general music resources, Aaron Copland: The Music of an Uncommon Man(© 2012 Hal Leonard) and Cenerentola: A Curriculum Guide©1993 Dallas Opera.  Norma has been honored as the Teacher of the Year by the Michigan NAfME (2002) and MSVMA (Michigan State Vocal Music Association; 2009).   In 2017, Norma was overwhelmed to be one of ten national recipients of the Stephen Sondheim / Kennedy Center Inspirational Teacher Award.

Dolly Collins, Accompanist

Dolly began playing piano at age 4 1/2 in her hometown of Buffalo, New York.  Mrs. Collins received a degree in music education from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York.   She has been the organist at Trinity Lutheran Church in Ann Arbor for 44 years and has taught private piano lessons for 40 years.  An eclectic musician, Mrs. Collins played keyboard in the Saline Big Band for over 20 years and also served as business manager for the group.
For the past 25 years, Dolly has served as the accompanist for the Saline Schools Choral Music Department, accompanying concerts, musicals, dessert cabarets, recitals, and community events. She travels with the choirs for all performances at festivals and invitational events. When not rehearsing daily with the students, Dolly enjoys bird watching and flower gardening.

Dr. Eugene Rogers, Faculty Advisor

Sample Rehearsal Schedule
10:30-10:45 – Welcome
10:45- 11:30 – Rehearsal Begins
11:30-11:50 – Flex Time (Sight Singing, Vocal Technique Workshops, Guest Speakers, Additional Rehearsal, Auxiliary Sessions)


Good-Bye 2020, and Hello 2021!

Here’s looking forward to a brighter and safer 2021, hopefully filled with peace and unity. However, COVID-19 continues to make one of our favorite activities, choral singing, hazardous.

In-person Voices Valiant will return, but for now, we hope you will join us for an eight-week virtual winter session.

Our repertoire for the winter session is:

Let Me Ride – Rollo Dilworth
Song For Peace – Allistar MacGillivray
Unity – Glorraine B. Moone & Rev. Freddie Washington
Peace – Klaus Fischer

All of these celebrate peace and unity as only singing can.
Come join us!

Norma Freeman
Director, Voices Valiant

Music will be mailed to all participants before the start of the term.

Do I need to audition?
No audition is required. No prior music experience is required. Voices Valiant is a mixed choir (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) and singers are placed in a voice section that compliments their singing range and vocal comfort.

Do I need to be able to read music to sing with Voices Valiant?
You do not need to be able to read music to be in Voices Valiant, but the ability to read music is a great asset in learning the songs. Rehearsal music is accessible online for home practice. We also teach music reading in the rehearsals.

Will Voices Valiant perform?

Voices Valiant members will record themselves singing at home with the help of our staff! After recording their individual parts, we will combine everyone’s videos for a virtual choir performance.