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The Music For Everyone Lancaster Festival of Voices is an annual celebration of the vocal arts in Lancaster, PA. Lancaster is enjoying a renaissance as it emerges as a destination for artists of all genres. This renaissance has benefited the city both culturally and economically. The Lancaster Festival of Voices provides a supportive venue for singers of all ages, thus creating awareness of the voice as an instrument and bringing yet another genre of music to this musically thriving community.

This year MFE is partnering with Tellus360, The Trust Building, the Thomas and Georgina Russo Family Foundation, and the Walters/Unitarian Universalist Church Trust to bring the FOV to Lancaster. Check out the schedule below and mark your calendars now. All events are free and open to the public!


For more information on the 2017 Festival of Voices click here.

The schedule for the event is as follows:

Friday March 23, 2018 

6:30 PM

Concert at McCaskey East High School (1051 Lehigh Ave. Lancaster, PA 17602)


The School District of Lancaster Combined Chorus

The Linden Hall School for Girls Chorus

The Ephrata Camarata Singers

The Pequea Valley Chamber Singers

The Wheatland Middle School Choir

Chromatic Expansion

The MFE Community Chorus
Free and open to the public


Saturday March 24, 2018

3:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Community Choral Workshops at McCaskey East High School (1051 Lehigh Ave. Lancaster, PA 17602)

Orfeia: Workshop Time: 3:15-4:00:


Founded by internationally acclaimed Bulgarian singer, director, and composer Tatiana Sarbinska, Orfeia Vocal Ensemble celebrates the rich and varied folk music traditions of Bulgaria and Eastern Europe.

Orfeia draws its name and inspiration from the ancient Thracian myth of Orpheus, a symbol of musical journeys and storytelling. From the motifs of village life to the sacred and spiritual, from the medieval to modern-day adaptations, the musical traditions and culture of the Balkans come alive for audiences through Orfeia’s unique and exciting repertoire.

Workshop Description


At the workshop, participants can expect to learn 2-3 traditional Bulgarian songs in two-part harmonies, as well as a brief introduction to Bulgarian vocal warm-ups and technique.


Parkside Harmony. Workshop time: 4:15-5:15:


Founded in January of 2015, Parkside Harmony is one of the newest members of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Representing the Hershey, PA Chapter, we are extremely proud and fortunate to join an already thriving arts community here in the ‘Sweetest Place on Earth’ – and welcome passionate singers from all over central Pennsylvania who strive for musical excellence.

One of nearly 1000 choruses that make up an organization which spans the globe, we recognize the importance of fraternity and brotherhood. Our purpose is to do our part to ‘keep the whole world singing’.


– 2017 Barbershop Harmony Society 5th Place Bronze Medalists
– 2016 Mid-Atlantic District Chorus Champions
– 2016 Barbershop Harmony Society 8th Place International Finalists
– 2015 Mid-Atlantic District 3rd Place Chorus Finalists
– 2015 M-AD Western Division Chorus Champions


Workshop Description


Bel Canto for the 21st Century


Any choirs today have a tendency to sing harshly, with poor vocal production or poor choices for the instrument. We at Parkside Harmony refer to that style as Can Belto, however we prefer the gentler bel canto approach. Exploring briefly the three mechanisms of the voice, we will then take workshop participants into the practices of proper choices for the voice and how timbre and phonation choices can increase expressive qualities and dynamic range. Members of Parkside harmony will demonstrate the techniques discussed, and audience members will be able to explore the vocal tools for themselves as well. This is a participatory workshop open to all singers of all levels.


Participants will be able to explore their individual voices using the fundamental and advanced vocal techniques discussed and demonstrated. Much of what is learned can be applied directly to one’s own solo or ensemble singing almost immediately.


Saturday March 24, 2018

6:00 PM

The Festival of Voices at McCaskey East High School (1051 Lehigh Ave. Lancaster, PA 17602)



The Testostertones (The 2017 Accappellus winners)

Chromatic Expansion


Parkside Harmony

The MFE Community Chorus

Free and open to the public


Sunday March 25, 2018

3:00 PM

The Big Community Sing at Tellus360 (24 E King St. Lancaster, PA 17602)

The Lancaster Festival of Voices invites you to the Great Community Sing at Tellus360. Please join us as we gather to sing for the sheer joy of singing. Led by Sasha Hsuczyk this is sure to be a great time. We’ll provide the words, the guidance, and the venue. You just grab a pint and sing along!



We Would like to thank our generous sponsors and partners of the 2018 Lancaster Festival of Voices:

The Thomas A. and the Georgina T. Russo Family Foundation

The Festival of Voices is also sponsored in part by the Walters/Unitarian Universalist Church Trust, an endowment from Arthur and Selma Walters to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancaster in support of events that affirm the worth and dignity of all humans and that strive to increase the awareness of and respect for our environment.