Last weekend we had a chance to catch up with a few of our Fresh VOICES, singers who are brand new to VOICES of Kentuckiana or are returning this semester after a hiatus. We had a great time getting to know these wonderful folks, and can’t wait to share the stage with them in December for our winter program, Holiday Magic!
First up was Thomas Edison (really his name!) who comes to us from Baltimore. Thomas has been singing for thirty years, but his upcoming performance in Holiday Magic will be his first time performing with a group. After hearing about VOICES from a friend with the Baltimore Men’s Chorus, Thomas decided to join VOICES when he moved to Louisville because he wanted to meet like-minded people with a passion for music and the arts. “I’m happiest when I’m able to express myself creatively,” says Thomas. “But my number one goal with VOICES is to become a visible example of the power of LGBTQ groups to touch people’s hearts.”
Next we met Autumn Norwood, whose family swears she’s been singing since she could make noises. Autumn began singing with a group back in middle school, and with encouragement from friends and family decided to join VOICES because she wanted to sing in a chorus again. “This seemed like the right group, very welcoming and encouraging,” says Autumn. When she’s not singing, Autumn enjoys a good book and says she’s inspired to sing by the people around her. “I’m really looking forward to the overall experience,” says Autumn. Holiday Magic will be Autumn’s first time performing with a group since high school, and we can’t wait to join her on stage!
Finally we caught up with Morgan Houlette, a veteran of choral singing and welcome addition to the VOICES family! “A good friend of mine, Lorna, encouraged me to start singing again,” says Morgan. “She thought that joining VOICES would be a great idea!” Morgan loves Christmas music and can’t wait to share some of her favorite tunes with audiences for our winter program. “I’m excited for new, unique music as well,” she says. Many people have inspired Morgan to pursue singing. “My old chorus teacher, and my mom and dad are among the biggest inspirations,” Morgan says. “Most recently, my girlfriend inspired me to sing. She always supports me and encourages me to sing. She knows how much I truly love it.”
Make plans now to attend Holiday Magic on December 6 and 7 at the Clifton Center Eifler Theatre! More information and tickets available here.