Young Voyces

Young Voyces
Beth Johanning, Music Director
Kristin Reiersen Parrish, Assistant Conductor

Young Voyces is the youth chorus affiliate of the Staten Island-based early music ensemble, Voyces (voycesSI.org).

Open to all singers from fourth grade through senior in high school, Young Voyces aims to give young musicians the opportunity to learn and perform fine music in the close-knit atmosphere of a vocal ensemble. Chorus members learn musicianship and performance skills, in addition to building confidence and friendships in this exciting new group.

Young Voyces performs concerts with internationally recognized musicians throughout Staten Island and the surrounding area. Past seasons have included performances in Carmen, Carmina Burana, excerpts of King Arthur by Purcell, and the premiere of a new oratorio, Masada by H. Bialor. The busy youth ensemble has performed with The Staten Island Philharmonic, on the Trinity Wall Street Visiting Choir Series, the Music at St. Alban's concert series, at the Bernikow Jewish Community Center, and with the Wagner College Choir. Each December is highlighted by a concert of Lessons and Carols at St. Paul's Memorial Church together with their parent ensemble Voyces. The 2015-2016 season will conclude with Voyces and Young Voyces presenting Henry Purcell's beloved Baroque English opera, Dido and Aeneas, with an orchestra of early music specialists.

Young Voyces rehearses Wednesdays, 4:30 - 6:00pm at Trinity Lutheran Church, 309 St. Paul's Ave., SI 10304 2015-2016 season (Sept - June) Tuition: $450.
Tuitions include a season of over 30 rehearsals and at least 4 concerts.
Music and music folders provided.

There are still available spots in Young Voyces for kids who love to sing! To schedule an audition, email: info@voycesSI.org or call: 718 873-6458. No preparation or experience necessary to open a world of music and friendships!


 

About the Staff

Kristin Reiersen Parrish, Assistant Conductor

Staten Island native soprano Kristin Reiersen Parrish is known for her versatility and interpretation of the lyric coloratura repertoire. As a member of the Houston Grand Opera young artist program, Ms. Parrish performed several roles including Blondchen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail), Musetta (La Bohème), Kristina in (The Makropolous Case), and Dalinda (cover; Ariodante). Other performances include Despina (Così fan tutte) for Kentucky Opera, Musetta (La Bohème) with the National Symphony Orchestra, Venus (Dardanus) for Wolf Trap Opera, Blondchen (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) for Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) for Union Street Opera Theatre.

On Staten Island, Ms Parrish serves as Assistant Conductor for Young Voyces, Assistant Director of the Christ Church Community Youth Choir, and teaches voice at the JCC Ms. Parrish has been a member of the early music singing ensemble Voyces since 2012. As a frequent soloist with Richmond Choral Society, Ms. Parrish’s performances include Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, and Bach’s Cantata No. 150. Other concert performances include Faure’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, and Vivaldi’s Gloria.

Ms. Parrish received both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Manhattan School of Music. Ms. Parrish is a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (New York District), first place National Association of Teachers of Singing competition winner, winner of the Richard Gaddes Award from Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Dallas Opera Guild Vocal Competition finalist.

Sounds of Young Voyces

Strike the viol from Come, ye Sons of Art Z323 by Henry Purcell (arr. Johanning)
Young Voyces with soloist, Kristin Reiersen-Parrish, and Voyces Baroque

Cuckoo! by Benjamin Britten
Recorded May 3, 2015 by Harry Munz for the Wagner College Choir

Corpus Christi Carol by Benjamin Britten
Recorded May 3, 2015  by Harry Munz for the Wagner College Choir

Young Voyces Si dolce e'l tormento by  Monteverdi
solo: Gabrielle Tricorico
theorbo:  Jason Priset
recorder: William Thauer
Recorded live June 2, 2015 by Charles Repka ​​

 

Young Voyces Schola Cantorum sings Bach in Manhattan

 

 

Voyces is a Staten Island-based early music ensemble dedicated to the study and performance of Renaissance and Baroque vocal works. The ensemble's commitment to the community is one of education, exposure, and enjoyment of lesser known music.

Voyces is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity.

Contact Us

  • Phone:
    (718) 873-6458
  • Email:
    info@voyces.org
  • Address:
    107 Ridgewood Place
    Staten Island, NY
    10301