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 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.

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)
Free and open to the public

Featuring:

The School District of Lancaster Combined Elementary Chorus
The Linden Hall Musea Chamber Choir
The Ephrata High School Camerata Singers
The Pequea Valley High School Chamber Singers
Millersville University’s Chromatic Expansion
The MFE Lancaster Community Chorus

Saturday March 24, 2018
3:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Community Choral Workshops at McCaskey East High School (1051 Lehigh Ave. Lancaster, PA 17602)
Free and open to the public

Orfeia – Workshop Time: 3:15-4:00
Biography
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

Biography
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.’

Awards
– 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
7:00 PM
The Festival of Voices at McCaskey East High School (1051 Lehigh Ave. Lancaster, PA 17602)
Free and open to the public

 

Featuring:
The Testostertones (The 2017 Acappellus winners)
Chromatic Expansion
Orfeia
Parkside Harmony
The MFE Lancaster Community Chorus

Sunday March 25, 2018
3:00 PM
The Big Community Sing at Tellus360 (24 E King St. Lancaster, PA 17602)
Free and open to the public

 

The Lancaster Festival of Voices invites you to the BIG 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 also like to thank the generous sponsors of the 2018 Lancaster Festival of Voices:

The Thomas & 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 & Selma Walters to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Lancster in support of the events that affirm the worth and dignity of all humans and that strive to increase the awareness of and respect for our our environment.