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!
Based on the actions of both the University and recommendations set forth by the CDC, we will be cancelling all Voices Valiant rehearsals and events for the remainder of the 2019-20 season, effective immediately. Please email email@example.com for more information.
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 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
Rehearsals: Tuesdays from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
(optional music theory class for interested singers from 10:00-10:25 AM before rehearsals)
Fall Term Dates
September 3, 10, 17*, 24
October 1, 8, 15*, 22, 29
November 5, 12, 19*, 26
December 3, 10, 13
Concert: December 14 — 11:00AM, Stamps Auditorium
*Potluck luncheon will be held after rehearsal (from 12:00-1:00 PM) on these dates
Spring Term – CANCELLED
Cancelled – Concert: June 13 — 11:00AM, Stamps Auditorium
7265 N Ann Arbor St,
Saline, MI 48176
$180 – fall term
$180 – spring term*
*If you are a current Voices Valiant member, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for Spring Term tuition options.
A tuition link will be provided upon receipt of the registration form.
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.
What kind of music does Voices Valiant sing?
The goal of Voices Valiant is to enjoy learning through choral music. A thematic approach is utilized to select repertoire from the classics, world culture, and the modern world. The theme for the 2019-2020 season is Then & Now and Shakespeare in Music.
Will Voices Valiant perform?
Voices Valiant has two terms: fall and spring. Each term has 16 rehearsals and a concert presented on the U-M campus. Voice Valiant also encourages community singing, so every concert along with our optional community outreach programs include audience singing. Come sing with us!
Is the rehearsal space handicap accessible?
Yes, Liberty School is handicap accessible. In addition, there is ample parking.