(SAVANNAH, GA) With eight days to go, the Savannah VOICE Festival organizers are advising Savannah residents and visitors to keep their eyes and ears open for Festival outreach artists who will be appearing all over the city to keep the city singing for the first half of August.
An expanded community outreach program is a vital part of this non-profit organization’s mission and the VOICE Festival is committed to and in particular to training and inspiring young people. In 2014 the organization’s community outreach programs are supported by Gulfstream, the Savannah Friends of Music and Schneider Logistics and have been expanded to include the Bethesda Academy, Chatham County Schools, Memorial Hospital and assisted living facilities.
David Tribble, President of The Bethesda Academy says “We are always grateful for the support of individuals and companies in our region who fund our mission at Bethesda. When we were introduced to the inspirational music and training offered by The Savannah VOICE Festival, we were thrilled that Gulfstream’s support has enabled us to be part of this year’s program.”
Flash mobs of Festival artists will be appearing around town and includes a ’Singers in Service’ program at churches and temples in Savannah, appearances at community partners’ stores and restaurants downtown and some intriguing characters singing on popular tours….. Community partners offering discounts and special benefits to VOICE Society members include: 24e Design Co, b.Matthews, Back in the Day Bakery, Belford’s restaurant, Blowin’ Smoke restaurant, The 5 Spot, Inga’s Casual Elegance, J.Parker Ltd, Michael Robert Construction Co, Milan Day Spa, Savannah Clothing Company, Savannah Tea Room, The Salt Table and the Westin Savannah Harbor Aqua Star Maria Zouves, Executive Director of the Savannah VOICE Festival comments, “Community outreach and making the magic of the vocal arts accessible to everyone in society is a vital part of our mission. We not only have a series of free events at the Westin Savannah Harbor including master classes on August 4th, 8th and 11th as well as a screening of the opera movie “Carmen” but our expanded community outreach and impromptu appearances are made possible by the generosity of our sponsors and by people joining the VOICE Society. Membership of the VOICE Society begins at $175 and offers many benefits including discounts with our community partners, access to special events including the Salon Series on Monday nights during the Festival, a free newsletter and early booking privileges”.
Savannah VOICE Festival is a new 501 (c) 3 tax exempt non-profit arts organization in the state of Georgia. The Festival brings classical vocal excellence to the Savannah area through a two-week celebration of concerts, events and educational presentations during the month of August and throughout the year. Focusing on arts awareness and audience development in the performing arts, it offers music from opera, musical theatre and popular song.
VOICExperience Foundation is an educational non-profit partner organization to the Festival, helping young artists pursue their careers in the performing arts. It provides crucial outreaches to the communities it serves and perpetuates excellence in the art of singing with its educational programs.
Both organizations were founded by opera legend Sherrill Milnes and soprano Maria Zouves. They work together to serve the community by providing the highest level of education and quality performances by talented artists for all to enjoy. Donations to both organizations are tax-deductible.
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