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One Voice Chorus Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Civil Rights, Intergroup & Race Relations, Music, Race, Singing & Choral Groups

Mission: Choral music racial reconciliation and education.

Programs: Choral music performances included 5 performances of 3 major concerts for diverse audiences.

outreach and education events included community conversations prior to major concert performances, as well as performances for 2,100 people at events hosted by a wide variety of organizations: cultureworks, first unitarian universalist church, hope in the cities, the maymont foundatiion, richmond symphony, science museum of va, richmond behavioral health center, and westminster canterbury retirement community.

cultural diversity: an interracial chorus of more than 120 singers echoes the cultural diversity of richmond, va. Singers join the chorus without audition, and intensive weekly rehearsals build relationships across cultural barriers, and produce remarkably excellent performances by any standard, but particularly for a "y'all come" chorus. Program expenses not specific to rehearsing and producing major concerts and outreach appearances included overall program development and chorus communications.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of One Voice Chorus almost since its beginning days. A part of our logo says that we "sing(ing) the beauty and power of diversity," but we do more than that. We sing it, we model it and we embrace it. Singing the various styles of music--classical, jazz, and spirituals-- can sometimes be a challenge, but it's such an enjoyable one! Best of all, however, is working to meet that challenge while sitting amidst a group of folks who genuinely believe in and mirror our mission of racial reconciliation. Our mere presence and interactions at rehearsals and in performances speaks volumes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Anyone who sings with one other person understands the joy when their two voices become one, and they know the closeness of their voices brings a closeness of heart. Although we are named One Voice Chorus, we usually sing with our four soprano, alto, tenor, and bass voices. However, as a result of our One Voice, we all dwell in one heart. I leave each rehearsal with greater musical knowledge, an increasing closeness with my fellow tenors, and growing friendships with all my fellow singers. Our conductors, Frank Williams and Glen McCune, remind us always that music is a joy we can never turn back and a joy we return to y’ all who come sing and to y’ all who come listen.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My wife and I heard One Voice about 6 years ago. I called Glen McCune the next Monday to ask about joining and have been with the group ever since, now on the Board. I love all music, but choral music is my favorite to hear and perform. I'm not blessed with the greatest of voices and the "y'all come" nature of OV is an attraction. However, the mission of promoting racial reconciliation using music as the medium is what drives my passion for the group. If we only represented an opportunity for this reconciliation, we would be performing a great service. To offer that opportunity with truly outstanding music is a blessing beyond compare.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have enjoyed this setting for singing, and as a byproduct, developing relationships between races and people from other backgrounds.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Singing with One Voice Chorus is the perfect solution for someone like me who loves singing but does not have the voice to participate in a professional group. I find this to be a wonderful group of diverse people who bring the vision of One Voice Chorus to life. I am honored to be part of this group. I know that our concerts are a gift to the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a part of One Voice Chorus is a remarkable gift -the opportunity to combine my personal beliefs with what I love to do - experience uplifting music and promote racial understanding in Richmond in the company of people whom I genuinely enjoy. Each week as we are reminded to "introduce ourselves to someone we don't know" I see the community I live in reflected in the singers around me. People of different races and religions from all over the city and surrounding communities who might have always remained strangers, I now value and appreciate as friends. This is no ordinary chorus learning simple tunes - we work hard! - under the spirited, dedicated direction of Glen McCune and Frank Williams and the commitment of our board. We are sustained and encouraged by our mission as we strive to bring beauty and brotherhood to all who see the diversity of our faces and hear our single message.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a former professional singer and arts administrator, I am amazed at the level of musical and organizational excellence achieved by One Voice with non-auditioned singers and a part-time staff. The social mission of racial reconciliation is what makes this chorus so special. Singers are attracted to the group not only because of their love of music, but also their desire to connect with people in a personal, non-threatening way. As we focus on making beautiful music, we become a metaphor for community - very different voices pursuing a common purpose in harmony.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with One Voice for five(5) years and I have not sung with any other group that I have enjoyed more than One Voice. The directors are truly patient and encouraging each one of us to strive to learn the music and enoy it in the process. You want to sing you best and put on a great concert for the joy of the audience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This choral group of 100+ achieves a socially responsible community mission of bringing together a diverse group of people (different ages, different ethnic backgrounds, different singing abilities!), and provides a gathering place for people to come together to practice and perform great music. At the same time, it provides a comfortable environment where we learn to appreciate other remarkable human beings that we wouldn't ordinarily have the opportunity to know. OneVoice Chorus is a musical gem of a choir, where anyone can join and sing and feel at home.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved in Richmond activities promoting tolerance and dthe values of diversity since i moved here over 38 years ago. I joined One voice several years ago. Singing with this special group has been a joy personally and I often hear from audience members how very important our music is to them and to Richmond as we all work together toward a healthier community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been with One VOice since the beginning . I was asked by a friend to bring my Dad and a Friend that also sing. So in joining one voice we were a soprano, tenor and bass. Immediately we felt the passion of the group leader, Glen McCune.. He truly is the music.. and his sincere desire to bring together ethnic groups to join in an activity and get to know each other and enjoy the achievement of working together was impressive and contagious. That was 7 years ago, and I still love being a part of this group. I am proud of what we are trying to do and share with our community.. I have made friends that I cherish and would not have had the opportunity to meet had I not been involved with one voice, and I look forward to Monday nights to rehearse and see everyone.. I also love the opportunity to share this beautiful music we make with anyone who will listen. The ensemble performs at all different kinds of meetings and gatherings and for different community events. We even wen to Washington DC to sing for a congressional meeting.. what we are doing as a multi-ethnic chorus is something that should be shared throughout Virginia. It is my hope that we can share and spread the idea of One Voice. It is an important message to send out there.. one that we can do by coming together and raising our voices!

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Board Member

Rating: 4

One Voice is a VERY special organization that allows singers from all races, walks of life and all levels of musical ability to join forces to create beautiful music. Though the musical performances are not perfect, the caliber of music created is excellent, due to the tireless efforts of Glen McCune and Frank Williams. They take the music and break it down so that it is understood by everyone! And the friendships/alliances have lead to many exciting friendships and partnerships working together for a common goal -- to make beautiful music. It is truly one of the most exciting things anyone could do!!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

One Voice not only brings 100+ singers together every week to practice and perform several times a week, but they do it as a non profit, community, y'all-come chorus. There are few opportunities to sing outside of school or church, so I value the ability to make great choral music regularly, and work on the chorus mission of racial reconciliation. The group is diverse in age, race, and socio economic background. I've enjoyed making singing buddies and showing Richmond what the arts can do for social justice by leading by example.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Coming from a choral background, I was missing the joy of singing and the fellowship it brings when I moved to Richmond. I happened upon One Voice Chorus and have been enriched in so many ways. To find a group of diverse talents and backgrounds that works together in perfect harmony to create uplifting music while breaking through racial barriers... heavenly!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I am about to perform in my second concert with One Voice Choir of Richmond, VA. Joining was something I've been wanting to do but with three children at home it hasn't been an indulgence I've allowed myself. In addition, I do not read music well but memorize quickly so I was nervous about the commitment and maybe more so about my place in the choir. Not one who is easily thwarted by challenges, I now find myself surrounded by a wonderfully diverse group of the most lovely people who come together to sing to their hearts content! I am not judged by my lack of knowledge or anything else for that matter. It is our common intention to "reach across the aisle" to greet and chat with someone we do not know. We are inspired by the storytelling and personal histories of our choral leadership. This allows us the pleasure of coming together and making a difference not just among the confines of our choir but to model a common humanity to the community at large. My children really enjoy that I take pleasure in my indulgence and are quite surprised to find that their mother sings, relatively well, in a choir with a purpose that exceeds the pleasure of singing. I for one am proud to say that I connect weekly with this group who's intentions are fulfilled! Peacefully, Cheri Maffei Wolff

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

One Voice Chorus has become an important part of my life. Every Monday I look forward to rehearsal. This is the only point of connection most of us have with each other and without this chorus we would never have met. Not only does One Voice give us the opportunity to make beautiful music, but it gives us the opportunity to make friends across racial boundaries. Not a small thing in Richmond, VA. We sing 3 concerts a year classical European music, African American Spirituals and folk music, and American Jazz. I love singing the African American spirituals, but the Jazz is my favorite. As far as I know we are the only choral group singing Jazz. We are unique in so many ways. Please endorse our mission of promoting racial healing through music.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful music, terrific singers, creative direction. This is a "ya'll come" community chorus that seeks to break down racial barriers in our community. The singers are very movitated - they come ready to work HARD to make beautiful music.