Students in third through 12th grade in Fall 2017 are invited to audition for the award-winning Voices of Central Arkansas (VOCA) Choir May 16-17 at the University of Central Arkansas’s Snow Fine Arts Center Room 312A.

Auditions will run from 3:30-6:30 p.m. each day.

VOCA is the umbrella organization for several vocal ensembles including choristers, concert choir and high school choir. The choir’s purpose is to promote musical literacy and performance by providing a challenging, high-quality choral experience for its members.

Rehearsals are held at UCA each Monday of the school year, excluding holidays, from 6-7:30 p.m. for the choristers and concert choir and from 7–8:30 p.m. for the high school choir.

Students will receive instruction in vocal technique and learn a varying selection of music in this program, which is part of the UCA Community School of Music. Choristers and the concert choir are both treble-voiced choirs.

Choristers is for third through fifth grades and concert choir for grades fifth through eighth. Both ensembles help develop the singer’s voices who are exposed to a wide variety of choral literature. The high school choir is an inter-generational mixed voice choir for vocalists in grades ninth through 12th and college. These singers will learn advanced choral literature encompassing a wide variety of styles and genres.

Sheri Cook-Cunningham, VOCA director, said VOCA has won many awards since forming 22 years ago and most recently at the St. Louis Heritage Music Festival, where the group earned a gold rating and was named outstanding vocal ensemble.

Each year, VOCA performs at nationally recognized music festivals, including Carnegie Hall in New York City, Chicago and Dallas. The group has also sung with the Conway Symphony Orchestra, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Russian Ballet and in the UCA production of "The Marriage of Figaro."

A short audition is required for membership, but no previous experience is required.

Students auditioning for choristers or concert choir will be asked to match pitch, demonstrate their vocal range and perform a familiar tune like "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" during the five-to-10-minute audition.

Students auditioning for high school choir will also be asked to perform a short, prepared piece approximately two minutes in length.

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For more information and to schedule an audition, contact Cook-Cunningham at or call 816-718-9200.

The UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication includes the Departments of Art, Music and Film, Theatre and Creative Writing, as well as the School of Communication. The college’s primary mission is the preparation of the next generation of artists, educators and communicators.

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