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Voices Valiant Adult Choir

Conducted by Norma Freeman, the Voices Valiant Adult Choir is a vocal music ensemble at the University of Michigan for adults over the age of 50. This chorus is designed for adults 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!

Registration for the 2018-2019 season

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


Rehearsals
Tuesdays from 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Fall Term Dates
August 21, 28*
September 4, 11, 18*, 25
October 2, 9, 16*, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20*, 27
November 30 (Friday) Concert Rehearsal 10:30am – 12:00pm
December 1 (Saturday) Concert 11:00am

*Potluck luncheon will be held after rehearsal (from 12:00-1:00 PM) on these dates

Spring Term Dates
March 5, 12, 19*, 26
April 2, 9, 16*, 23, 30
May 7, 14, 21*, 28
June 4, 11
June 14 (Friday) Concert Rehearsal 10:30am-12:00pm
June 15 (Saturday) Concert 11:00am

*Potluck luncheon will be held after rehearsal (from 12:00-1:00 PM) on these dates


Liberty School
7265 N Ann Arbor St,
Saline, MI 48176


$170 – fall term
$170 – spring term
$336 – both terms

A tuition link will be provided upon receipt of the registration form.


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. If you do not read music, you may want to initially bring a recording device to rehearsals to record your part while we rehearse.

Is the rehearsal space handicap accessible?
Yes, Liberty School is handicap accessible. In addition, there is ample parking.

What kind of music does Voices Valiant sing?
Voices Valiant’s mission is to enjoy learning through choral music. This allows us to draw repertoire from a wide range of sources, including:

Music honoring a variety of world cultures
Music from our American heritage
Music from our life stories

Will Voices Valiant perform?
Voices Valiant supports community singing, so every concert will include an audience sing along. Concerts typically occur on Saturdays at the Earl V. Moore Building on U-M Campus. We also schedule additional (and optional) community outreach concerts.