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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities

Mission: The mission of Voices of Omaha is to present an annual performance of Handel’s "Messiah" without admission charge as a gift to the community. Voices of Omaha is committed to development of a diverse audience and chorus membership by maintaining relevance in the present, and nurturing musicians of all ages to assure an audience and chorus for the future.

Results: Voices of Omaha's 45th annual presentation of Handel's "Messiah" on Nov. 24, 2013 saw success in all areas targeted for growth. 1,852 persons attended the free concert, a 62% increase over the previous year. Chorus membership grew to 164 singers, an 18% increase over 2012 and 31% increase since 2011. 16 high school students participated in the chorus, a 25% increase over 2012 and 50% increase since 2011. Ethnicity mix of the audience was 10% non-caucasian, a 3% increase over 2012 and 4% increase since 2011. Diversity in the chorus increased to 13% non-caucasian, a 1% increase over 2012 and 5% increase since 2011. 18 persons with blindness utilized the audio description service; four persons with deafness were served by the American Sign Langauge interpretation. The printed program, lobby and stage announcements were in both English and Spanish. Additionally, Voices of Omaha was recognized by Governor Dave Heineman for its years of service to the community; Nov. 24, 2013 was proclaimed "Voices of Omaha Appreciation Day in Nebraska."

Target demographics: students and adults

Direct beneficiaries per year: 70 students and 1,983 adults experience Handel's "Messiah."

Geographic areas served: Omaha

Programs: music education and performance experience through annual presentations of Handel's "Messiah."

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is wonderful to see so many young singers joining us this year - 37 high school singers! I first sang in the Messiah with the Voices of Omaha when I was 12. It is an experience I will never forget! Learning to love and sing such a deep and complex work of music has benefits that last a lifetime!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Attending the Messiah performance was absolutely lovely. What a great opportunity to attend a FREE concert at a great Omaha location! I enjoyed all the musical aspects of the performance - solos, choir, and instruments as well. Knowing a singer and violist made the experience even more enjoyable.

Review from Guidestar

3 Lynne19

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Voices of Omaha raises money to pay for a venue and gives a FREE performance of the Messiah for the people of Omaha and surrounding areas. We come up from Nebraska City and this past year friends of ours from Independence came with us and are planning to drive up again next year. It is a wonderful performance and the volunteers who do this every year deserve the highest praise for their effort

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended Handel's Messiah as performed by the Voices of Omaha for the past four years. Every year the performance is breathtaking! The venue where the performance is held is easy to get to with plenty of available parking. Once inside the building there are many people there to help guide you to open seats and provide you with a pamphlet. The soloists combined with the Voices of Omaha put on a wonderful performance. When they perform the Halleluiah Chorus, I literally get goosebumps.

I think that it is wonderful that the Voices of Omaha put on this performance, with that venue, and with an amazing level of professionalism, for free! This concert provides people without the means to normally attend such an event, the allowance to enjoy this historic piece of music, performed by magnificent artists.

I highly recommend this performance.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I grew up watching the free performance of Messiah each holiday season with my family. I never dreamed one day I'd step out of the audience and into the show.

I hadn't done much singing in several years, so I was a bit rusty & doubting my ability to sing such a challenging piece. But the fantastic people with Voices of Omaha welcomed me with open arms. Not only was I happy to sing with a group again, but I expanded my social network and made some lasting friendships.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with the Voices of Omaha for the past several years as both a singer and a board member. In that time, the organization has made great strides in reaching education and diversity goals, improving its transparency, and updating its look with a new website, logo, and social media outreach. Members work hard to produce a musical performance of a high caliber that is free to the public.

3 Mary250

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have sung Messiah for seventy years. In 1944 Dr. Noel J. Logan began a group called the Apollo Club. We rehearsed in the old Omaha YWCA until its demise, after which we moved to the First Baptist Church, then First Christian Church. It was at some time when we were rehearsing at First Christian that Voices of Omaha assumed responsibility for the annual Messiah.

I have sung Messiah at the Orpheum Theater in Omaha; at the Broadway Methodist Church in Coincil Bluffs, Iolwa; at Avery Fischer Hall in New York City; at the Congregational Church in Neligh, Nebraska; and The Holland Center in Omaha.

I've sung the Hallelujah for seven years with senior high family students at Green Va,lley High School in Las Vegas Nevada.

It is truly a relief to know that Voices of Omaha, that celebrated its forty-fifth annual sponsorship of
Messiah, now has this event on firm footing and that we can expect another forty-five years of Messiah.

Mary Mahoney

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Voices of Omaha's annual performances are always of the highest musical quality. Their choice of performance venue is without equal in the state of Nebraska!

The fact that they also raise all the funds to finance this annual concert is amazing to me. And they've been at it for 45 years (and counting)!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I sang in the Voices of Omaha's production of the Messiah last year for the first time. I have lived in Omaha for over 30 years and have always wanted to participate. My schedule didn't allow this until last year. I sing bass and was privileged to sit beside dedicated singers who had sung from 5 to 28 years and loved the experience as much as I did for the first time. It was great to meet new 'singer's and enjoy the fellowship with like minded people.
I sing in the First Christian Church choir on Dodge Street and several of our choir members hope to join me, the Lord willing, in this years presentation. Looking forward to renewing friendships this fall.
Norm Huber, Omaha, NE

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Voices of Omaha is a wonderful organization. As an original member, I have enjoyed immensely my participaione in this organization since its beginnings. Voices welcomes anyone who loves to sing, and there is no audition required. That can be a big encouragement for singers who don't audition well. The whole purpose, first, is to bring The Messiah to the people of Omaha and thte surrounding area as a free gift. Secondly, it provides an excellent large choral experience for singers and a training ground for singers who might not otherwise have access to any type of vocal training. I would encourage anyone to come and sing with us and also support this wonderful organization.

Review from Guidestar