Being a member of the local children’s choir Voices of Eve ’N’ Angels (VOENA) is a journey in a lot of ways. It can be a musical journey for youth who want to refine their singing talents, and ti can be a physical journey as members travel the globe to perform. Those who wish to embark on this journey can sign up in September. (Read More)
Not everyone can say “I got to perform at Carnegie Hall,” but then again, not everyone is a current member of Voices of Eve ’N’ Angels (VOENA). Seventeen members of the Benicia-based youth choral group received the experience of a lifetime Sunday when they got to perform at the iconic New York City concert hall alongside other... (Read More)
VOENA received the invitation “because of the quality and high level of musicianship demonstrated by the singers as well as the exception quality of their audition recording,” said Dr. Jonathan Griffith, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for Distinguished Concerts International New York. (Read More)
For the second time in its history, VOENA, the North Bay’s extraordinary children’s choir, is headed to Carnegie Hall. A benefit concert on Jan. 21 at the Napa Valley Opera House will raise money in support of the April trip. Performers at the benefit will include VOENA, Jeff Campitelli, Peppino D’Agostino, Carlos Reyes, ... (Read More)
It’s been said that every singer’s dream is to perform at Carnegie Hall. Seventeen young singers in VOENA Children’s Choir will have that dream come true when they take to the stage of the celebrated New York City music hall this spring. Choir director Annabelle Marie often ended performance seasons with the words... (Read More)
There is a famous joke involving a pedestrian on 57th Street in New York City who sees a musician exiting a cab. He asks the artist “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” The musician’s response? “Practice, practice, practice.”
For as much as this joke has been told, there is truth to it... (Read More)
Later that evening, the local vocal group VOENA, led by director Annabelle Marie, performed several numbers from their repertoire of African songs to open the Ladysmith Black Mambazo concert. VOENA has previously performed with the group, and appeared at South Africa’s Soweto Festival ... (Read More)
Abundant research proves that music has a profound impact in education. Music study stimulates both the creative and technical sides of the brain, increases confidence, improves behavior, enhances literacy, boosts academic success and attendance rates, inspires joy, and builds school morale. Gratefully, our district is ....... (Read More)
It’s roughly 6,600 miles from the Bay Area to Siracusa, Italy, which makes for a long plane ride.
No problem. Annabelle Marie figured out how to ease the pain for her VOENA children’s choir members, who have never made the 11-hour flight....... (Read More)
Annabelle’s success in leading VOENA has not come from selecting only the most naturally gifted singers. Instead, the truth is that no one is ever denied a chance to sing in this choir. While maintaining a strict policy of no auditions, VOENA has gained the admiration and applause of audiences worldwide. (Read More)
These wild, crazy, arm-waving, strange-language speaking, diverse cultured California kids. If they're not careful, why, they might just be invited back to the Crossroads Children's Chorus Festival.
And that makes Annabelle Marie one tickled choir director... (Read More)
There’s lots to love about VOENA: their genuine joy while singing, colorful costumes, songs and the multicultural mix of kids (plus a few adults) whose ages range from five to 18. But what I love most is that founder Annabelle Marie inspires the group of more than 150 kids to discover their voice and use it for good. They’ve infused inspiration and happiness in the lives of the community, also singing at schools and charity events. (Read more)
The choir was started as a way for a mom in Benicia to keep her three sons busy.
Nearly two decades later, the choir, which began with 12 children, now has 140 kids, ages 5 to 18, who will perform at the... (Read more)
Scott Gault and Kristin Hedstrom aren’t the only Bay Area natives gearing up for a performance in the London Olympics this summer. In fact, 55 children from Benicia are preparing themselves for their own time in the international spotlight. (read more)