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 ages 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!
Amid safety concerns around singing in groups, rehearsals will take place on Zoom every Thursday from 4:00–5:00 p.m., October through April. No special equipment is needed, just an internet connection or phone. Again, you don’t need to have any musical training or background to join T-VOCE, just a love of singing!
Additional FREE Activities
Free voice lessons will be provided to Philadelphia-area students through ArtSmart and T-VOCE.
Plus, there will be six free workshops where participants can explore other forms of expression including poetry writing, spoken word, singer-songwriting, and more. Teachers include world renowned soprano Janinah Burnett, cabaret diva Cookie Diorio, dancer Virgil Gadson (So You Think You Can Dance and America's Best Dance Crew), and Broadway actress and classically trained soprano Rachel Zatcoff.
T-VOCE is a collaboration between ArtSmart, Esperanza Dance Ensemble, Fortress Arts Academy, Opera Philadelphia, Play On, Philly!, and Singing City
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.
Jessica Gruver is a Philly-based actor, singer, and accompanist. She has performed with the Walnut Street Theatre, Arden Theatre, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre, PIFA/Kimmel Center, Bristol Riverside Theatre, and the Venetian Macao Resort, among others. She holds a BM in Music History and a MM in Voice Performance from Temple University. She also maintains a private voice and piano studio in South Philly. www.JessicaGruver.com