Volti

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Volti
Origin San Francisco, CA, USA
Genres classical, contemporary
Years active 1979-present
Website www.voltisf.org/

Volti is a 20-person professional vocal ensemble based in San Francisco. The group was founded by Robert Geary in 1979 as the San Francisco Chamber Singers. Beginning with an all-Bach program, the group quickly moved on to the more contemporary works that have shaped its mission ever since: "to foster and showcase contemporary American music and composers, and to introduce contemporary vocal music from around the world to local audiences."[1] When the group turned 25 in 2003-2004, it changed its name to Volti - a reference to the Italian musical instruction "volti subito" meaning "turn quickly."[2][3]

Volti regularly performs two to three concert series each season in venues throughout the Bay Area. Volti has appeared at the Switchboard and SoundWave festivals of new music, and has collaborated with many Bay Area new music groups. In addition, Volti sponsors the Choral Arts Laboratory, a commissioning and residency program for American composers under age 35, and the Choral Institute for high school students. In 2009 Volti became the first choir ever to have been awarded the Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming[4] six times. 2009 also marked the choir's 30th anniversary.[5] Volti has released two CDs on the innova label: "Turn the Page" and "House of Voices." [1]

Outreach[edit]

Choral Institute[edit]

Volti's Choral Institute[6] program brings together high school choir singers from around the Bay Area for weekend-long workshops at the CYO-McGucken Center in Occidental. The high school singers work with Volti singers, Volti conductor Robert Geary, and their own conductors to improve upon their choral technique and to prepare pieces for performance as a massed choir. The Choral Institute is offered twice during the school year; once for mixed choirs in October, and once for treble choirs in January. In 2009-10, Volti added a resident composer to the Choral Institute program. Morten Lauridsen worked with the students for the weekend intensive, and returned in May 2010 to play the piano accompaniment to his "Nocturnes" song cycle, sung by the massed choir of 120 voices. Other composers in residence have included [2] Kirke Mechem and [3] Stacy Garrop.

Choral Arts Laboratory[edit]

Started in 2003, Volti's Choral Arts Laboratory[7] is a commissioning and residency program aimed at composers under 35. Each year, the composer selected for the program takes part in workshops to develop a piece, then works directly with the Volti singers in rehearsal, hearing how the piece sounds and getting feedback the singers. The composer may then consult with Robert Geary (Volti's artistic director)[8] and Mark Winges (Volti's resident composer)[9] throughout the year as they finish perfecting the piece, which is then premiered at a Volti concert during the regular season.

World Premieres[edit]

2014[edit]

Scenes from “Unremembered” - Sarah Kirkland Snider (World Premiere of Chamber Chorus version)
All Night - Mark Winges (Volti Commission)
Gratitude Sutra - Forrest Pierce (Commissioned by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition for the BBC Singers, the Latvian Radio Choir, and Volti)
Paradise - Shawn Crouch (World Premiere of the Revised Version)
A*R**T ACT - David Smooke
The Oath of Allegiance - Melissa Dunphy (Volti Commission)
Sound From the Bench - Ted Hearne (Volti Co-Commission with The Crossing)

2013[edit]

Cancionero Amoroso - Armando Bayolo (Volti Commission)
Wear Flowers in Your Hair - Dan Visconti (Volti Commission)
Pacific Beach - Harold Meltzer (Volti Commission)
battle hymns - David Lang (West Coast Premiere) (with The San Francisco Choral Society, The Leah Stein Dance Company, The Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir)

2012[edit]

Canticles of Rumi - Mark Winges (Volti Commission)
Songs of Lowly Life - Stacy Garrop (Volti Commission)
. . . is knowing . . . - John Muehleisen (Volti Commission)
The day on which the World didn’t end - Francisco Cortés-Álvarez (Volti Commission)
A lettrist, bottle, a fountain of everything I’ve ever intended to say, may it reach you on your desert island, that we might start anew - Ken Ueno (Volti Commission)

2011[edit]

Delusional Paths - Tom Flaherty (Volti Commission)
Painted Lights - Kui Dong (Combined Volti and Piedmont Choirs Commission)
after stephen foster - David Lang (West Coast Premiere)
Other Floods - Tamar Diesendruck (Volti Commission)
voice (and nothing more) - Elliott Gyger (Volti Commission)
Genesis - Matthew Barnson (Volti Commission)

2010[edit]

Where Everything is Music - Mark Winges (Volti Commission)
The Poetry of Earth - Joshua Fishbein (Volti Commission)
Zeteo - Jean Ahn (Volti Commission)
Being (Two Poems of Billy Collins) - Yu-Hui Chang (Volti Commission)
Luna, Nova Luna - Mark Winges (Volti Commission)
Paghahandog - Robin Estrada (Volti Commission)
privilege - Ted Hearne (Volti Commission)

2009[edit]

The Assembling Landscape - Mark Winges (Volti Commission)
The Ballad of James Parry - Ruby Fulton (Volti Commission)
Daglarym / My Mountains - Donald Crockett (Volti Commission)
On the Day the World Ends - Robert Paterson (Volti Commission)

2008[edit]

Dancing in the Wind - Elliott Gyger (Combined Volti & Piedmont Choirs Commission)
Endless - Kurt Rohde (Volti Commission)
Words Become Unlatched - George Lam (Volti Commission)

2007[edit]

A Cricket Needs a Queen - Mark Winges
In the Black - Amy Beth Kirsten (Volti Commission)
Let Evening Come - Howard Hersh
The Locust Tree - Richard Festinger (Volti Commission)
Only one great thing - Cindy Cox (Volti Commission)
Phoenix Songs, Op. 28 - Toon Vandevorst (Volti Commission)
Sonnets of Beauty and Music - Stacy Garrop (Volti Commission)
Two Poems of Delmore Schwartz - Wayne Peterson

2006[edit]

Blessings - Jacob Avshalomov (Volti Commission)
O the Flesh Is Hot But the Heart Is Cold - Eric Moe (Volti Commission)
Open the Book of What Happened - Mark Winges (Volti Commission)
Sound Explanations - Eric Lindsay (Volti Commission)

2005[edit]

Ccollanan María - Gabriela Lena Frank (Volti Commission)
The Essence of Gravity - Robert Paterson (Volti Commission)
No More to Hide - Alan Fletcher (Volti Commission)
Sonnets of Desire, Longing & Whimsey - Stacy Garrop (Volti Commission)
Subandi - Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez (Volti Commission)

2004[edit]

Image & Motion: A Choral Symphony - Mark Winges (Volti Commission)
Songs of Love and Loss (revised version) - Paul Chihara
Sonnets of War & Mankind - Stacy Garrop (Volti Commission)
Tautology - Peter Knell (Volti Commission)

2003[edit]

American Shape-Note Tunes - Arr. Mark Winges (Volti Commission)
American Trio - Kirke Mechem
Shui Diao Ge Tou / Song - Kui Dong
Songs for Dancing - Mark Winges (Volti Commission)
Two Yeats Choruses - Alan Fletcher (Volti Commission)
When Summer Shines - Jacob Avshalomov (Volti Commission)
While I was walking, I heard a sound - Miya Masaoka

2002[edit]

The Mystery - Tamar Diesendruck (Volti Commission)

References[edit]

  1. ^ www.voltisf.org/history.html, Volti website, History page.
  2. ^ http://www.sfcv.org/arts_revs/music_news_8_19_03.php, San Francisco Classical Voice, 19 August 2003 "SF Chamber Singers Turn to Volti, `Facing Forward'"
  3. ^ http://www.berkeleydaily.org/issue/2004-04-23/article/18722, Berkeley Daily Planet, 23 April 2004 "Notes From The Underground: Twenty-Five Years Singing the Same New Song"
  4. ^ http://www.chorusamerica.org/awards.cfm#ascap2, Chorus America website, list of Past Adventurous Programming Award Recipients
  5. ^ http://www.sfcv.org/content/singing-without-net, San Francisco Classical Voice, 05/15-17/2009, Singing Without a Net
  6. ^ http://voltisf.org/institute.html, Volti website, Choral Institute page.
  7. ^ http://www.voltisf.org/lab.html, Volti website, Choral Arts Laboratory page
  8. ^ http://www.voltisf.org/staff_geary.html, Volti website, Robert Geary.
  9. ^ http://www.voltisf.org/staff_winges.html, Volti website, Mark Winges.

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