Colla Voce singers offers spring concerts, varied programing |

Colla Voce singers offers spring concerts, varied programing

The Colla Voce Chamber Singers will present their Spring Concert, “They’re Playing Our Song,” at 7 p.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley and again at 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday in Auburn.

The concerts honor the group’s growing audiences by including songs requested in the past together with stories describing the importance of the requests. Colla Voce audiences have grown by 50 percent in the past five years. Followers seem to enjoy the collaborative approach that brings in other forms of art, a spectrum that has included paintings, sculptures, video art and storytelling, according to Colla Voce.

This concert series features two local artists and storyteller Joan Stockbridge.

The performance experience is a collaboration among audience, singers, Artistic Director, Janine Dexter, storyteller Joan Stockbridge and visual artists Barbara Hoffmann and Alexa Welch. During the past year, Dexter has asked audience participants and singers to send in music that has been meaningful in their lives and the life stories behind those songs. The concert is comprised of those songs and stories. Artist Barbara Hoffmann has created three paintings inspired by some of those songs, enhancing the concert experience. Hoffmann and Welch will also create a spontaneous work during each concert that reflects the music and story.

The music represented ranges from classic works of composers Chesnokov and Fauré to spirituals, standards and folk songs to songs of Billy Joel, Eric Whitacre, Josh Groban and “Les Miserables.”

Colla Voce’s Music Docent program, led by local music therapist Tara McConnell, has received accolades from teachers and parents in three Auburn schools.

Volunteers provide music appreciation sessions several times a month based on curriculum developed by the Minnesota-based Bravo! Music Docent program (Colla Voce purchased the curriculum). For the 2012-2013 school year, this program was implemented in 16 classrooms, serving more than 320 first- and second-graders at Bowman Elementary, Alta Vista Community Charter School and Skyridge Elementary.

Colla Voce of the Sierra is proud to partner with McConnell Music Therapy Services to bring the JoyFul Noise choir to the Auburn area in fall 2013. This choir, led by board-certified music therapist Humphries, MT-BC, will be offered to adults with developmental and neurological impairments. The JoyFul Noise choir will provide fun singing and performing experiences to foster community, acceptance of all abilities and personal expression.

The Tremble Clefs choir is also planned to begin in the Fall of 2013. Adults with Parkinson’s Disease and their companions can participate in a choir to foster socialization and sustain vocal/ speech abilities through group singing and music experiences. No singing experience needed! This choir will be directed by Humphries. She has received advanced training in neurologic music therapy and is employed by McConnell Music Therapy Services.

For more about these programs, contact McConnell at 916-996-1589 or

Tickets to all three weekend shows are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students and $2 for children 17 and under. Tickets are avilable online at or by calling 530-333-4628.

Grace Lutheran Church is located at 1979 Ridge Road in Grass Valley, and Pioneer Methodist Church is at 1338 High St. in Auburn.

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