Local Youth Choir Expands Impact Through Singing and Community Service

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 03/15/2019 - 11:43
Members of Viva Voce Youth Choir sing the national anthem before the Harlem Globetrotters game on February 1.

While the temperatures the last couple months have been bitterly cold, the spirit surrounding the Viva Voce Youth Choir has been one of warmth and giving. The singers have had a busy winter, and their momentum will continue throughout the spring.

On Friday, February 1, Viva Voce had the honor of singing the National Anthem before the Harlem Globetrotters basketball game. At the center of the Eastern Michigan University basketball court were singers from all three Viva Voce ensembles led by their director, Hannah Bingham. The children were joined by family members and friends to enjoy the game after their spectacular performance.

February included several service projects for the Viva Voce singers. On February 9, members of the Cantabella ensemble volunteered at Food Gatherers in Ann Arbor for the second time this season. The singers helped package food that was to be distributed via local organizations to those in need in our communities. On February 19, the Amabile ensemble made cards and gifts of gratitude for the Saline Police and Fire Departments. The gifts were hand-delivered to our local heroes who were full of smiles and appreciation. To wind out the month, the Brio ensemble assembled “Birthday Bags” to donate to Saline Area Social Service. The bags included the necessary items to throw a birthday party for members of our community who may not be able to do so on their own.

On April 6, 2019, Viva Voce Youth Choir is excited to be hosting “Singing With Soul,” a night of music, community, and fun. The event will be held at the Ellen A. Ewing Performing Arts Center at Saline High School. There will be a silent auction starting at 6:15pm that will include over 50 family-oriented items and experiences. At 7:00pm a concert will be performed by Viva Voce Youth Choir and The Friars from the University of Michigan. The Friars are the a cappella subset of the Men’s Glee Club. The hors d’oeuvres for the evening will be prepared by Chef Sam Musto and the Saline High School Culinary Department. This is going to be a family-friendly, fun evening for the community. Tickets are $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students, and children 3 and under are free. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.vivavoceyouthchoir.org/tickets/.

The Spring Concert for Viva Voce will take place on May 5, at 7:00 p.m. at the Ellen A. Ewing Performing Arts Center at Saline High School.

Viva Voce Youth Choir was founded in September, 2016 by former Saline Area Schools vocal music teacher, Hannah Bingham. Viva Voce is comprised of 120 singers in grades 2-9. The newest ensemble, Brio, consists of children in grades 2-4 with little or no choir experience. Brio  joins Viva Voce’s intermediate choir, Amabile, and advanced choir, Cantabella. Rehearsals are held weekly at First Presbyterian Church of Saline, 143 E. Michigan Ave. For more information on the choir, please visit www.vivavoceyouthchoir.org.

Article written by Jackie Marcinkiewicz

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Hannah Bingham
Founder and Artistic Director, Viva Voce Youth Choir