Women’s Vocal Ensemble · Mitchell Covington, Artistic Director

Voci Repertoire

With almost 50 unique concert programs to date, Voci’s repertoire spans the best of early to contemporary music, featuring works composed especially for women.

Our performances feature works from the western classical music tradition, including pieces by masters such as Johannes Sebastian Bach, Samuel Barber, Johannes Brahms, Benjamin Britten, Claude Debussy, Gustav Holst, Bela Bartok and others.

We also celebrate music from other lands and cultures, including rarely heard new and traditional music from Latin America, eastern Europe and music borne of the experiences of the Holocaust.

Complete history of Voci concerts & repertoire

Celebrating Women Composers

Voci is dedicated to featuring and introducing the beautiful and brilliant works of women composers from the Bay Area and beyond. Examples of composers whose works we have featured, include: Ysaye Barnwell, Amy Beach, Eve Beglarian, Hildegard von Bingen, Ann Boyd, Ann Callaway, Madalena Casulana, Chen Yi, Rebecca Clarke, Chiara Cozzolani, Eleanor Daley, Emma Lou Diemer, Gabriela Lena Frank, Mary Goetze, Anne Hege, Julie Herndon, Theophane Hytrek, Libby Larsen, Maria Martines, Fanny Mendelssohn, Thea Musgrave, Alice Parker, Karin Rehnqvist, Felicia Sandler, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Agneta Skold, Joan Szymko, Lucretia Vizzana, and Gwyneth Walker, among others.

Commissioning

As part of its mission, Voci seeks to encourage, foster and showcase new and rarely-performed music. We have commissioned and premiered a wide range of works from exciting and up-and-coming composers, both local and international, including:

Works commissioned by, or composed for, Voci

  • Ann Callaway: On Music and Nature: Three Hopkins Settings – Henry Purcell (2015); Moonrise (2015); Woodlark (2016)
  • Steven Clark: Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking (2003)
  • Mitchell Covington: Qasida of Breath (2017)*
  • Andras Feher: LXXV (2007)
  • Gabriela Lena Frank: Pollerita Roja (2006)
  • Anne Hege: Like Roots (2015)
  • Julie Herndon: am an ocean (2017)*
  • Peter Knell: On a Mountain Path (2009); Passing (2010)
  • Judy Margulis: Avinu Malkeinu (2007)*
  • David Meckler: Natural Music, Wind & Stone (2005)
  • Jude Navari: Wave Song (2003); Shouts and Lullabies (2004)*; Siddhartha Fragments (2012)*
  • Katty Nez: Chrysanthemum/Amarilli (2000)
  • Mark Winges: The Moon-Welcome (2000) — co-commissioned with Piedmont Choirs
  • Edna Yeh: Renouncement (2017)*

*Composed for Voci

Additional Premieres

Voci has also premiered new works by local composers and collaborators.

  • Steven Clark: All ’Round the Maypole (2002)
  • David Meckler: Natural Music (2005)
  • Stephanie Weisman & Ellen Hoffman: Aphrodesia (2006)

The New Works Project

To advance its mission of showcasing music written for, and by women, Voci launched the New Works Project, an annual commissioning program, in 2014. The project commissions works by early- and mid-career composers, and is grounded in a close interaction between the composer and the Voci Ensemble over a two year period, allowing time for experimentation, feedback and revision of the work through workshopping and performance. The first product of this collaboration—a suite of three compositions by inaugural composer-in-residence, Ann Callaway of El Cerrito, CA, will be showcased at Voci’s spring performances in May 2016. At the root of the New Works Project is a belief that new compositions arise most powerfully out of interaction with the voices, lives, and bodies of those who actually perform them.

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