Opera Philadelphia


Teen Voices of the City Ensemble, or T-VOCE (tee VO-chay), is a FREE inclusive choir that welcomes youth from all backgrounds to share their talents and be themselves in a safe and supportive space. Open to anyone aged 13-19, we use choral music to build musicianship and vocal skills, but also as a means of self-expression, explore issues important to our members, and to build community. T-VOCE comes from the Italian word "voce," meaning "voice," because this choir empowers and celebrates the voice of Philadelphia youth and their overwhelming talents. 

We encourage you to join the choir to share your voice and make friends as well as great music. T-VOCE welcomes everyone and embraces all the talents that you bring to T-VOCE. There are no auditions; all you need is a love of singing! It’s FREE to participate! And there are multiple performance opportunities throughout the year.

Rehearsals are Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. from October through April at Friends Center (1501 Cherry Street). We'll provide SEPTA Keycards to make it easier to get to T-VOCE. 

Again, you don’t need to have any musical training or background to join T-VOCE, just a love of singing!

A collaboration between Fortress Arts Academy, Opera Philadelphia, Play On, Philly!, and Singing City.


Upcoming T-VOCE performances:

T-VOCE Conductor

Rosemary Schneider is beginning her fifteenth year teaching vocal music at Philadelphia Performing Arts: A String Theory Charter School.  Mrs. Schneider is a native of Philadelphia and alumna of The Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts.  In 2004, she graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Music degree in both Voice Performance and Music Education.  She continued her studies and in 2010 graduated from West Chester University with a Master of Music degree in Music Education. Mrs. Schneider is the mother of three children and continues to sings when time permits.  She performs regularly with the Saint Helena Church choir in Wilmington, DE, as well as the Marian Anderson Historical Society as a Scholar Artist.

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