One Voice Mixed Chorus

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One Voice Mixed Chorus
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Background information
Origin Minneapolis-Saint Paul, United States
Genres classical, popular, choral, jazz
Years active 1988 (1988)-present
Associated acts OVation
Website www.OneVoiceMN.org

One Voice Mixed Chorus (OVMC) is a LGBTA choral organization in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, United States.

One Voice Mixed Chorus unites gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender people and straight allies to build community by raising their voices in song. It is one of the largest GLBT choruses in North America, the 100 singing members range from ages 17 to 75, and the “Fifth Section” boasts more than 50 non-singing volunteers.They performing in schools, at community events, and on stage for marquee concerts. The award-winning chorus, under the direction of Artistic Director Jane Ramseyer Miller, has performed for thousands of people throughout the Twin Cities, Greater Minnesota and beyond and is described by Chorus America as “one of the region’s best ensembles.”

History[edit]

One Voice Mixed Chorus gave its debut concert in 1989, making it one of the first choruses to bring together people from the GLBTA communities in the region. The chorus was founded in 1988 by Minnesota native Paul Petrella.

Performances and music[edit]

OVMC each year performs 20-30 events. Two major concerts are held in January and June of each year. The Chorus also conducts an annual outreach tour (often in greater Minnesota), and a series of workshops and concerts in Twin Cities middle and high-schools. The annual fundraiser, Spring Fever, is held in April.

Their concert themes have included messages about GLBT life experiences, humor within our community, safe sex, AIDS, breast cancer awareness, queer reflections on history, the many dimensions of families, freedom songs from oppressed communities of the world, and music by typically under-represented composers (especially women and LesBiGayTrans artists).

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In addition to the chorus there is an ensemble, OVation, that is a subset of the One Voice singers who perform in the community and at One Voice's major concerts. Of particular importance is the outreach to schools and youth.

Performance history[edit]

Recent appearances include:

  • Come Fly With Me: A GLBT Romp Around the World, June 15–16, 2012 at History Theatre St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Chorus America Opening Concert, June 13, 2012 at Orchestra Hall Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • MPR Harmony in the Park, June 7, 2012 at Minnehaha Park Bandshell Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • QMC Concert, June 4, 2012 at Como Park Pavilion St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Brave Souls & Dreamers, January 21–22, 2012 at Hopkins High School Minetonka, Minnesota
  • Boom, Bang, Crash, June 10–11, 2011 at Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Love Dares Speak Its Name, January 14–15, 2011 at Central Presbyterian Church, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Different is Great- A family Concert, June 4–5, 2010 at Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Unsilenced, GLBT and Jewish Voices of the Holocaust, January 30–31, 2010
  • Lavender Green: Thinking Globally, Singing Locally, June 13–14, 2009
  • Many Lives, One Song: Hope for a World Beyond AIDS, December 5–6, 2008
  • GALA Festival VIII in Miami, Florida, Carnival Center for the Performing Arts, July 12–19, 2008
  • Old New Borrowed Q: Celebrating 20 years, June 21–22, 2008 Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Uncommon Light: Brahms and the Beauty of Shadow, January 25–26, 2008 Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Outreach Tour to Iowa (Des Moines, Iowa City, Cedar Falls) November 9–11, 2007
  • Generations Rock Concert, June 16 & 17, 2007 at the American History Theater Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • Reclaiming Faith, In The Spirit Of Justice, January 20–21, 27-28, 2007
  • Outreach Tour, Northern Minnesota and Winnipeg Canada, November 10–13, 2006

Membership[edit]

Membership is by audition, held twice each year. In addition there are volunteer opportunities available to non-singing members. These members comprise what is called the Fifth Section.

Organization[edit]

OVMC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. It is funded through dues from singing members, donations from individuals and corporations as well as grants.

Jane Ramseyer Miller is the Artistic Director

Jane is the Artistic Director-in-Residence for GALA Choruses
[1] Yelton Rhodes Music bio
[2] American Composers Forum bio

OVMC operates under the direction of a board of directors and a number of committees. Committees include Marketing, Personnel, Development, Production, Membership and Diversity, Finance and Music.

Staff positions include the Artistic Director, Accompanist, Executive Director, Operations Coordinator, and the OVation Ensemble Coach.

Recordings[edit]

  • BraveSouls & Dreamers, 2012
  • Old New Borrowed Q, 2008
  • Building Bridges, 2005
  • Songs of the Soul, 2000–2004

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