Above: Decadence & Disaster (2012-2013 season)

2017

The art and science of happiness. May 13, 2017. We celebrated our 20th anniversary with music by Eric Barnum, Hildegard von Bingen, Janequin, choir member Cindy Kallet, Rossini, Eric Whitacre, and Pharrell Williams. Afterwards, we celebrated with food, drink, and activities to encourage scientifically-proven ways to boost happiness, and a display of programs from Voces Novae's first 20 years

    Lew Wallace: the most interesting person you've never heard of. February 26, 2017. Songs, stories, and s'mores.  Music by Stucky, Van, Billy Joel, and more. Professional storytellers from the Bloomington Storytellers Guild.

    2016

    There is a Singing Around Me. September 24 and 25, 2016. An installation of song, spectacle, and performance in collaboration with choreographer Selene Carter honoring the centennial of state parks in Indiana. This outdoor program at Spring Mill's Pioneer Village featured the beautiful music of Bloomington composer Malcolm Dalglish, accompanied by Dalglish on hammer dulcimer with IU dance students performing.

    Supporting Players. April 10, 2016. We explored celebrity and notoriety. We examined those in the shadow of brighter lights, extolled the paragons who support us, and asked why we might choose to sing back-up to others and what we are willing to uphold. Music of Michael Daugherty, Libby Larsen, Michael Haydn, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Norman Dello Joio, Josquin dez Prez and others.

    2015

    Points of Light: December 18, 2015. Krista Detor's annual holiday concert to benefit Visually Impaired Preschool Services. Music of Detor and Ešenvalds.

    Meditations on Life~Death. We revisited the beautiful music from our double-CD book,  Meditations on Life~Death, in two concerts on November 1. Music by Bach, Barber, Billings, Elgar, Ešenvalds, Haydn, Schuman, Wilbye.

    Gender 101: A Choral Cabaret, a light-hearted look at the span of human gender possibilities, with music ranging from Victorian parlor songs to music theater tunes, pop/rock favorites and Eric Whitacre.

    Whaddya Know? A Musical Exploration of The Ignorance Map. Music by the Beatles, Benjamin Britten, Malcolm Dalglish, Gabriel Lubell, Giovanni Palestrina, Julian Wachner, and others.

    2013-2014

    A musical walking tour of  the B-Line Trail.  A musical walk through Bloomington's history and thriving present. Music: Java Jive, Chimes of Indiana, The Harmonious Blacksmith, The Wabash Cannonball, My Merry Oldsmobile, In This Land, El Cielo Canta Alegria, Men and Melons, a Bulgarian pepper-planting song, Malcolm Dalglish's B-Line March, and a spontaneous performance of Durufle's Ubi caritas for a wedding party at the Wonderlab Science Museum.

    A musical walking tour of Rose Hill cemetery: Music by Billings, Hoagy Carmichael, Palestrina, Cole Porter, and others offered an opportunity to contemplate the lives of an African-American Revolutionary war veteran, astronomer Daniel Kirkwood, sex researcher Alfred Kinsey, musician Al Cobine, educator Mary McCalla, Negro League baseball player Rabbit Shively, fiddler Jasper Chambers, the legendary Hoagy Carmichael, and others.

    A Musical Architectural Tour of Columbus, Indiana: Participants experienced the famed contemporary architecture of downtown Columbus as they listened to music specially chosen for each space.  Architectural locations included the Cleo Rogers Memorial Library by I.M. Pei and Partners/1969, First Christian Church's sanctuary and outdoor loggia by Finnish architect Eliel Saarinen/1942, the glass atrium/1973 and Post Office Arcade/1970 by Roche Dinkeloo and Associates, the Bartholomew County Veterans Memorial by Mary Ann Thompson and Charles Rose, and the sculpture Chaos I by Jean Tinguely/1974. Notes in the printed program highlighted the special features of the spaces. T. Kelly Wilson, Architect and Director of the IU Center for Art+Design provided guidance and discussion as the audience walked from venue to venue. Voces Novae sang music by Anton Bruckner, Guillaume Dufay, Eric Ešenvalds, Lee Hoiby, The King Singers, Jaakko Mantyjarvi, Stephen Paulus, Einojuhani Rautavaara, and the premiere of a work by composer Joshua Ratliff

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    Into the Fray: Henry Ward Beecher and His Culture Wars, a choral program with narration, exploring the life and times of a man once considered "the most famous man in America," performed at First United Church in Bloomington and Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. Michelle Louer narrated, and Henry Ryder represented Beecher.  Music included works of Haydn, Mozart, Jeffrey Van, spirituals, hymns, and protest songs from the 19th century.  The story weaved words of Whitman, Lincoln, and Beecher's sister, Harriet Beecher Stowe, as it explored Beecher's forays into religious schisms, race relations, women's rights, the role of science in religion, and the role of religion in politics. 

    2012-2013

    Aged to Perfection  Oliver Winery, conducted by Dr. Roger Henry, with the Ragin' Grannies

    Decadence and Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and Our Town featuring Luna Pearl Woolf's Après Moi, le Déluge, with Jacobsen Woollen, cello, Craig Brenner, piano, IU freshman Mariah Coleman, and Middle Way House volunteer coordinator Debra Morrow. The one-hour program explored stories of Katrina and Bloomington: Would Bloomington's social fabric hold or tear if put under Katrina-like pressure?

    Solsberry Forge and Sculpture Trail   Performance at Mother's Day Aluminum Pour and Strawberry Social

    2011-2012

    Superheroes!   Children's program at Fire House No. 1, Bloomington (Program PDF)

    Sweet Music of Healing, in honor of Dr. Betsy Sabga, Wegmiller Auditorium IU Health Bloomington Hospital

    Migration and Pilgrimage with tours to see migrating cranes at Goose Pond, Marsh Madness Festival

    By the Rivers of Babylon at St. Meinrad Abbey                                    

    Pauline Oliveiros's Bonn Feier   Performance on roof of IU building to applause from Little 500 parade

    2010-11

    Capriole Goat Farm performance, City of Bloomington Farm Tour

    AIDS Quilt display performance, Indiana Memorial Union

    Bloomington Winter Farmers' Market performance

    Public discussion of Psalm 137, By the Rivers of Babylon

    By the Rivers of Babylon program at UU Church

    15th Anniversary fundraiser program at The Stone Age Institute, with demonstrations of stone tool-making. Music of Arvo Paert, Don Freund, Ludovico Viadana, and the From the Big Bang to the World Wide Web Blues  by Stone Age Institute co-director Nicholas Toth.

    Food for Thought poetry reading sponsored by Indiana Humanities, Showers Atrium

    Betsy Sabga, Voces Novae alto, memorial

    2009-10

    Lullaby CD produced and distributed to 1000 families in 4 counties

    Bloomington Hospital parking garage performance, HT editorial “More Garage Concerts!”

    Reclaiming the Commons, conference moderated by Nobel Prize winner Elinor Ostrum

    The Proper Resolution of Dissonance with Community Justice and Mediation

    Food in Bloom, National Academic Conference banquet

    Consumer Cooperative Management Association National Conference banquet

    Named Midwest Living Magazine editors' Favorite Choir in Indiana

    Featured in Chorus America Voice magazine in Fall and Spring issues for innovative programming

    2008-09

    The Grand Tour, IU Art Museum

    Eugene V. Debs: An Indiana Original at Hippodrome in Terre Haute

    Lullaby recording

    IU Emeriti House performance

    Mothers Day at Meadowood Pond

    Featured in Bloom Magazine

    2007-08

    COEXIST: Hospitality, Banneker Community Center, co-sponsored by civic groups

    Liebeslieder Waltzes, Night in Old Vienna event, Indiana Memorial Union

    Art and Death event at Tutto Bene Wine Bar

    Recycling and Transformation, Habitat for Humanity ReStore Warehouse

    2006-07

    COEXIST: Convivencia by John Rommereim (world premiere), co-sponsored by Christian/Jewish/Muslim dialogue groups

    Tutto Bene Wine Bar, holiday music

    The Art of Mental Health, performed with Malcolm Dalglish, Buskirk-Chumley Theater

    Flight, with Malcolm Dalglish

    Public round-table discussion of Eugene Debs

    Eugene V. Debs: An Indiana Original, Woolery Stone Mill

    2005-06

    New Harmony: A Tale of Two Utopias at historic New Harmony Opera House

    Tavern Shakespeare with Indiana Shakespeare Co., Sonja Rasmussen at Irish Lion Pub

    Mathers Museum film festival

    Progress and Perfectibility, with clown Joe Lee, UU Church

    Public round-table discussion of "Progress"

    2004-05

    Utopias, St. David's Episcopal Church Concert Series, Bean Blossom

    New Harmony: A Tale of Two Utopias, UU Church

    Public round-table discussion of Utopias

    (Susan Swaney named Artistic Director)

    2003-04

    Where Do You Draw the Line? Ethics and the Arts, UU Church

    Public round-table discussion of Ethics and the Arts

    Mathematics and Music, First United Church

    Public round-table discussion of Mathematics and Music

    (Aaron Kercheval, Artistic Director; Susan Swaney, Music Director)

    2002-03

    Epicurian Liaisons, with master chef Matt O'Neil, Trinity Great Hall

    Mirror and the Lamp: Classical and Romantic Influences on Art and Culture, UU

    Service of Remembrance and Hope for Bloomington Hospice, Wegmiller Auditorium

    (Aaron Kercheval, Artistic Director; Susan Swaney, Music Director)

    2001-2002

    On Tasting, Touching, Hearing, Seeing, Smelilng Unitarian Universalist Church

    Meditations on Life~Death CD Release, Fountain Square Ballroom

    What Can Springtime Be For Me? UU Church

    (Aaron Kercheval, Artistic Director; Susan Swaney, Music Director)

    2000-01

    Childhood Awakenings, UU Church (premiere of Don Freund commission)

    Meditations on Life~Death recorded

    Bloomington Early Music Festival, Bach Mass in A Major

    with Stanley Ritchie's Festival Baroque Orchestra

    (Aaron Kercheval, Artistic Director; Susan Swaney, Music Director)

    1999-2000

    Dona Nobis Pacem, IU Art Museum

    Meditations  recorded

    Last Acts Convention, Chicago

    Bloomington Early Music Festival, Bach Cantata 106

    (Aaron Kercheval, Artistic Director; Susan Swaney, Music Director)

    1998-1999

    The Unicorn, The Gorgon, and the Manticore, Monroe County Public Library

    The Promise of Living,  Program at Habitat for Humanity Annual Meeting

    (Aaron Kercheval, Artistic Director; Paul McGovern, Music Director)

    1997-98

    Flora's Feast, An Explanation of the Meaning of Gardens,  Hilltop Garden Center

    (Aaron Kercheval, Artistic Director; Paul McGovern, Music Director)

    1996-97

    Lost in the Stars, IU Art Museum and IU Observatory

    (Aaron Kercheval, Artistic Director; Paul McGovern, Music Director)