Women’s Vocal Ensemble · Anne Hege, Artistic Director · Mitchell Covington, Acting Artistic Director
With almost 50 unique concert programs to date, Voci’s repertoire spans the best of early to contemporary music, featuring works composed especially for women.
Our performances feature works from the western classical music tradition, including pieces by masters such as Johannes Sebastian Bach, Samuel Barber, Johannes Brahms, Benjamin Britten, Claude Debussy, Gustav Holst, Bela Bartok and others.
We also celebrate music from other lands and cultures, including rarely heard new and traditional music from Latin America, eastern Europe and music borne of the experiences of the Holocaust.
Voci is dedicated to featuring and introducing the beautiful and brilliant works of women composers from the Bay Area and beyond. Examples of composers whose works we have featured, include: Ysaye Barnwell, Amy Beach, Eve Beglarian, Ann Boyd, Hildegard von Bingen, Ann Callaway, Madalena Casulana, Chen Yi, Rebecca Clarke, Chiara Cozzolani, Eleanor Daley, Emma Lou Diemer, Gabriela Lena Frank, Mary Goetze, Anne Hege, Theophane Hytrek, Libby Larsen, Maria Martines, Fanny Mendelssohn, Thea Musgrave, Alice Parker, Karin Rehnqvist, Felicia Sandler, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Agneta Skold, Joan Szymko, Gwyneth Walker, and Lucretia Vizzana, among others.
As part of its mission, Voci seeks to encourage, foster and showcase new and rarely-performed music. We have commissioned and premiered a wide range of works from exciting and up-and-coming composers, both local and international, including:
*Composed for Voci
Voci has also premiered new works by local composers and collaborators.
To advance its mission of showcasing music written for, and by women, Voci launched the New Works Project, an annual commissioning program, in 2014. The project commissions works by early- and mid-career composers, and is grounded in a close interaction between the composer and the Voci Ensemble over a two year period, allowing time for experimentation, feedback and revision of the work through workshopping and performance. The first product of this collaboration—a suite of three compositions by inaugural composer-in-residence, Ann Callaway of El Cerrito, CA, will be showcased at Voci’s spring performances in May 2016. At the root of the New Works Project is a belief that new compositions arise most powerfully out of interaction with the voices, lives, and bodies of those who actually perform them.