History of VOICES
VOICES of Kentuckiana is an inclusive chorus for the community that changes hearts and minds through song. We were founded in 1994 and are the oldest LGBTA arts organization in Kentucky. VOICES provides an opportunity for LGBT and allies to sing together and to perform music that is meaningful to us and to our audiences. We strive to celebrate the diverse community that we share and educate and energize with our music.
The founding of VOICES of Kentuckiana is a part of an international LGBTA choral movement which can be traced back to 1975 with the formation of Philadelphia’s Anna Crusis Women’s Choir. They are now over 200 LGBTA choruses located throughout North America, Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia to enhance gay and lesbian recognition and liberation through music. As a member of GALA (Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses) VOICES has traveled to international LGBTA choral festivals in Tampa (1996), San Jose (2000), Montreal (2004), Miami (2008), and Denver (2012, 2016).
VOICES has partnered with choruses from Cincinnati, Indianapolis, and Nashville to present joint concerts in Louisville. We have performed with the Louisville Orchestra, the Louisville Brass Ensemble, the Louisville Gay Men’s Chorus, and with several community church choirs. VOICES rehearses on Sundays from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Central Presbyterian Church. VOICES has a small ensemble of 13 singers who perform in VOICES concerts and throughout the community.
VOICES performs three major concerts each year at venues in Louisville. Serving a very large community, VOICES reaches out to 77 cities in Kentucky and Indiana through our website, social media, TV appearances, advertising, and eBlasts.
VOICES is an important piece of the Louisville scene and continues to grow its community engagement activities. Visit the Kentucky Derby Museum and you’ll hear VOICES singing My Old Kentucky Home. VOICES has performed at the Indiana Bicentennial Celebration, Volunteers of America’s annual breakfast, the Louisville AIDS Walk, Kentuckiana Pride Festival, Shine on Louisville, The March for Justice, and World AIDS Day. Every December we perform on Sounds of The Season and on WAVE-3 TV.
Our Youth Outreach Program was founded in 2014. You can read more about it by clicking on OUTREACH in the menu bar.