Activities & Theme
The Rising Voices Festival will bring together several collegiate soprano/alto choirs from the Northeastern United States to collaborate, inspire, and further push the boundaries of soprano/alto music. Collaboration between groups will be both musical and management-based, with the opportunity to perform and engage in a wide range of workshops. Of particular interest is fostering conversations around the rich history and traditions of each participating choir and how we may wish to maintain, alter, or add to those traditions in today’s social and musical world. For this reason, we have designated the theme of the festival to be “Traditions and Transformations.”
In addition to performances by each attending choir, this festival will feature an ensemble-in-residence: Lorelei Ensemble. Members from Lorelei will be leading workshops, interacting and performing with students throughout the weekend, and helping build conversation around the versatility of treble chorus music and how to pursue choral music beyond college.
This festival seeks to examine how the history of women’s choral music, especially that of the participating ensembles, informs our current social and musical standing. We will critically engage and educate each other in spoken and sung dialogue regarding the role that gender has had and continues to play in musical style, content and inclusivity.
Throughout the weekend, participants will explore groundbreaking opportunities for soprano-alto voices, from composing to performing professionally and beyond. Ultimately, we hope all festival attendees will leave empowered to continue breaking barriers in treble singing and honoring the legacies of those individuals and ensembles that made today’s treble music possible.
This collegiate festival is one in a series of Rising Voices Festivals hosted by the Radcliffe Choral Society; the high school installment took place at Harvard University on November 11th, 2017 and the community choir version is anticipated in 2021.
For more information, questions, or concerns, please email our Festival Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org