Our Voice Milwaukee

Our Voice Milwaukee Our Voice Milwaukee is the Chorus for Gay Men and Allies. Our Voice Milwaukee, Chorus for gay men and allies,is open toanyone who have the desire to sing and to create vocal music as part of an ensemble and can sing either a tenor or bas part.
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No experience necessary. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays from 6:00pm-9:00pm at Plymouth Church UCC, 2717 E. Hampshire, Milwaukee, WI

No experience necessary. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays from 6:00pm-9:00pm at Plymouth Church UCC, 2717 E. Hampshire, Milwaukee, WI

Operating as usual

10/05/2020

#ProudBoys

09/24/2020

Hello everyone!

We just wanted to let you know that Our Voice Milwaukee is alive and well.

Our board has been meeting on-line, we have been holding weekly social gatherings (Also on-line) and ….

We are working on the pieces to put together an on-line Cabaret using songs that first we heard in a movie. Stay tuned for that. It's very exciting.

It is our hope that you stay safe and well. We will get through this together.

Our Voice Milwaukee

Celebrate Freedom today.But, has freedom truly been delivered?
06/19/2020
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Celebrate Freedom today.

But, has freedom truly been delivered?

06/15/2020
Courage MKE

We are so proud to have been asked to be part of the creation of this video, lending our voices. We encourage you to watch, enjoy and donate to Courage MKE. Your donation will benefit Our Voice Milwaukee and 4 other local groups.

To donate: go to www.couragemke.org/get-involved

Enjoy!

While Pride in Milwaukee may look a little different this year, Courage MKE is encouraged by the LGBTQ+ community’s strong advocacy for social justice and interest in supporting the community. Continuing with this spirit, Courage MKE is proud to announce our #ProudlyTogether campaign to benefit the heroic local organizations that are LGBTQ+ and POC serving that have been recently impacted by Covid-19.

100% of the donations made to this campaign will be divided equally to MKE LGBT Community Center's Project Q Youth Services, Pathfinders, Diverse & Resilient, Our Voice Milwaukee and Courage MKE. The dedicated staff at all of these organizations never missed a beat to ensure our entire LGBTQ+ community received all necessary services throughout #SaferAtHome.

Through a generous match challenge by Jesse Mendelsohn, Dr Anthony Porcelli, Chris Francis and Sean Sullivan, the first $5,000 will be matched 100%

To donate, go to: https://www.couragemke.org/get-involved
Please make a note #proudlytogether on your donation so we know where to send the money to.

We'd like to say thank you to Jen Porter, Tyler Hall and Our Voice Milwaukee for lending their voices to this project. To our incredible Meg Strobel for creating this beautiful video. Lastly, to everyone who submitted photos, THANK YOU!

We celebrate the recognition of equal rights by the supreme court today. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/...
06/15/2020
In landmark case, Supreme Court rules LGBTQ workers are protected from job discrimination

We celebrate the recognition of equal rights by the supreme court today.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/supreme-court/supreme-court-rules-existing-civil-rights-law-protects-gay-lesbian-n1231018?fbclid=IwAR2UAIVJfvx6YVwJkWI49DLTucP0zskAYnMFLeh3iLEbM7Z_OoGrLMvIzX0

The decision said Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which makes it illegal for employers to discriminate because of a person's sex, also covers sexual orientation and transgender status.

Our Voice Milwaukee
06/03/2020

Our Voice Milwaukee

#theshowmustbepaused
06/02/2020

#theshowmustbepaused

We continue to sing, creating harmony to inspire harmony. Stay tuned. It’s very exciting!Let us know if you need help.
05/26/2020

We continue to sing, creating harmony to inspire harmony. Stay tuned. It’s very exciting!

Let us know if you need help.

04/20/2020

Cancellation of our Spring Concert

First off, we hope this information finds you healthy. We have been thinking of all of you, our supporters during this difficult time. We want to assure you that ss a group we have taken great care to maintain healthy ways to be together and enjoy the company that being a choral group can provide. More on that in a bit.

Sadly, due to projections from health experts, we will be unable to perform our Spring Concert which was scheduled for May 31st. It was a great show, and we will be working together to be ready to perform at least some parts of it for you once this challenge has passed. We hope you will continue to follow us on social media and check you emails for updates on future appearances and performances.

We, as a group have continued to rehearse in small sections with our Artistic Director, Dr. Patrick Dill leading. By using computer technology to sing with Patrick, we are able to practice together in our separate homes. Each week we have held on-line social times, which have been fun, laugh provoking times. It is important for us to check in with each other and it is heart warming to see each other's smiling faces.

We are looking forward to a day when we will be able to get together in person. We are working on a celebration show for when the 'all clear' has been given. We are building a timeline for our return to full production. We are excited and hopeful that once we are able to gather we can volunteer our services to support local organizations and enterprises that have been affected by necessary closures. We will continue to serve the community by singing in harmony to inspire harmony.

We have heard from several of you asking if we needed financial help; and the answer is yes. Unfortunately, our spring concert is one of our largest fund raising events of the year. We fully understand that a number of very vital organizations need your help, and encourage you to do what you feel is best. If you are able to support us, please go to https://www.cityoffestivalsmenschorus.org/donate where you can make a donation to our organization.

We are here, you can count on us to continue to be here. Milwaukee Strong.

Our Voice Milwaukee

03/24/2020

Given these challenging times, Our Voice Milwaukee continues to live it's mission; “Singing in harmony, to inspire harmony in the community".

We continue to work on the music for our next show, “Voices from the Past, Hope for the Future”. Our Artistic Director, Patrick Dill has created practice MP3’s of each section’s music, where he plays our part on piano while singing our part. Patrick will now be leading practice with virtual sectionals on Zoom.

With these new challenges, we look at new ways to continue our community of song, friendship and inclusivity.

Hope for the Future,
Our Voice Milwaukee

Photos and a couple of video clips from our 2020 Cabaret named Broadway, Our Way
02/24/2020

Photos and a couple of video clips from our 2020 Cabaret named Broadway, Our Way

Photos and a couple of video clips from our 2020 Cabaret named Broadway, Our Way

Thank you so much to everyone that attended our Cabaret last night. We had a full house, and the hall was filled with jo...
02/22/2020

Thank you so much to everyone that attended our Cabaret last night. We had a full house, and the hall was filled with joy from the humor of the one and only Karen Valentine and the many delightful performances. We appreciate the support of the Milwaukee community and we are excited in anticipation of our upcoming spring show, May 30th. Stay tuned for details!

Last night we had the honor of performing the Star Spangled Banner for the Milwaukee Bruisers Roller Derby club at the P...
02/15/2020

Last night we had the honor of performing the Star Spangled Banner for the Milwaukee Bruisers Roller Derby club at the Panther Arena.

We truly enjoyed being able to live out our mission in the Milwaukee community.

Our Voice Milwaukee's cover photo
02/15/2020

Our Voice Milwaukee's cover photo

Enjoying Roller Derby!
02/15/2020

Enjoying Roller Derby!

02/06/2020
Star Spangled Banner at the Admirals

Enjoy a sample of Our Voice Milwaukee as we sing the National Anthem of the United States of America for the Milwaukee Admirals first ever Pride Night - 2-5-2020

Who says a Chorus can't be fun! Or witness a proposal!
02/06/2020

Who says a Chorus can't be fun! Or witness a proposal!

Last night The Milwaukee Admirals honored one of our members, Joe Dominic as Role Model of the game. Since 2005 Joe Domi...
02/06/2020

Last night The Milwaukee Admirals honored one of our members, Joe Dominic as Role Model of the game.

Since 2005 Joe Dominc has been a special education teacher with the Milwaukee Public Schools, working at the Milwaukee Sign Language School, Golda Meir and presently Riley Elementary School. During that time he has lead students to express them selves in healthy ways using theater, music and other methods. Since 2000 Joe has also been involved at the Brady East S.T.D. Clinic (BESTDC) helping people live healthy lives.

Last night(2/5/2020) We were honored to be able to live out our mission and bring our message of harmony to the communit...
02/06/2020

Last night(2/5/2020) We were honored to be able to live out our mission and bring our message of harmony to the community by performing the Star Spangled Banner at the Milwaukee Admirals Game.

Thanks for inviting us!

02/06/2020
Admirals Anthem 2-5-20

We were very proud to sing the National Anthem at the Milwaukee Admirals first ever Pride Night this evening. Thank you, everyone, for your continued support! 🏳️‍🌈🎶🥅🏒🇺🇸

https://youtu.be/5-ETvNaoOZ4

Our Voice Milwaukee's cover photo
12/18/2019

Our Voice Milwaukee's cover photo

This weekend there was a multitude of events in the history of the chorus. We broke records on attendance, perhaps a sig...
12/16/2019

This weekend there was a multitude of events in the history of the chorus. We broke records on attendance, perhaps a sign we truly are living our mission. A legacy member was in attendance on Sunday afternoon, we were so delighted to see members of fellow LGBTQ chorus Perfect Harmony Men’s Chorus from Madison, Wisconsin and WVM-Women’s Voices Milwaukee and the community gather in peace.

We also appreciate being able to present The Mary Schuette Spirit Award to Timothy Ruf, whom has served on the Board of Director’s during the past for 8 years.

Sadly, we bid farewell to two members of the organization and wish them all the best on your new opportunity. We hold you both deeply in our beat..

Many thanks to our supporters, monthly givers, circle of friends and to those whom were there this weekend.

12/14/2019

Today is the day(well and tomorrow too). Online advanced discount ticket sales close at noon on Saturday. Tickets are available at the door for the full price of $20. Concert Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 2:00 at Plymouth Church, Milwaukee. Come up to an hour early for a social hour while you peruse our auction items.

Our Voice Milwaukee's cover photo
12/10/2019

Our Voice Milwaukee's cover photo

I have tickets!
12/10/2019

I have tickets!

Get Your Tickets Now to Save Money & Not Miss Out.

Our holiday concert "Searching for the Light" is this Saturday the 14th at 7:30 pm and Sunday the 15th at 2:00 pm. Tickets at the door are $20 but discounted advance tickets are available from any chorus member and until noon on Saturday on our website.

And, you don't want to miss our silent auction and bake sale. We have some amazing items including a weekend in an amazing cottage, a vintage Harley Davidson leather jacket, and home-baked holiday treats including cookies, cakes, and pies. Join us 1 hour before each concert for a reception with wine on Saturday and mimosas on Sunday where you can bid early and often

Get Your Tickets Now to Save Money & Not Miss Out. Our holiday concert "Searching for the Light" is this Saturday the 14...
12/10/2019

Get Your Tickets Now to Save Money & Not Miss Out.

Our holiday concert "Searching for the Light" is this Saturday the 14th at 7:30 pm and Sunday the 15th at 2:00 pm. Tickets at the door are $20 but discounted advance tickets are available from any chorus member and until noon on Saturday on our website.

And, you don't want to miss our silent auction and bake sale. We have some amazing items including a weekend in an amazing cottage, a vintage Harley Davidson leather jacket, and home-baked holiday treats including cookies, cakes, and pies. Join us 1 hour before each concert for a reception with wine on Saturday and mimosas on Sunday where you can bid early and often

Thanks to Bim Florek and GAMMA along with Apostle Presbyterian Church for hosting our dress rehearsal. Come see the real...
12/06/2019

Thanks to Bim Florek and GAMMA along with Apostle Presbyterian Church for hosting our dress rehearsal. Come see the real thing Saturday December 14th at 7:30pm and Sunday December 15th at 2:00pm. Discounted tickets available now from any chorus member or online at https://www.cityoffestivalsmenschorus.org/tickets.

Our Voice Milwaukee
11/25/2019

Our Voice Milwaukee

The City of Festivals Men's Chorus is now Our Voice Milwaukee,This new identity better reflects the chorus’s diversity a...
11/25/2019

The City of Festivals Men's Chorus is now Our Voice Milwaukee,

This new identity better reflects the chorus’s diversity and ongoing mission statement: Offering HARMONY in music to help inspire HARMONY in community. We exist to provide a visible presence and a positive voice in and for the Wisconsin LGBT communities.

Why are we doing this you ask? We wanted our identity to be better aligned with who we are and what we do. We have long welcomed anyone, no matter their gender identity, as members, so it was important for us to reference inclusivity in our new name. Equally important was to recognize the city of Milwaukee in an effort to distinguish our chorus and pay homage to this community and our roots.

The new brand identity process took close to a year as we discussed with membership and leadership what was necessary. One thing that isn’t changing is our commitment to our mission statement of offering Harmony. We believe that today more than ever Harmony in our LGBT community and the community at large is critical.

We continue to embrace the musical traditions of the American gay men’s chorus from which the ensemble was founded with repertoire written for tenor-bass choirs, and we welcome everyone to sing with us who can sing those ranges.”

A new website is in the works as well and will be released in phases. Our new web address is OurVoiceMKE.org.

Our Voice Milwaukee will be showcasing its new name, at our upcoming concert “Searching for the Light,” which will be held at Plymouth UCC at 2717 East Hampshire in Milwaukee on December 14th at 7:30 pm and December 15 that 2:00 pm which also features a pre-concert reception and Silent Auction that starts one hour prior to the concert

It’s getting close to concert time!  Tickets for “Searching for the Light” are available from any chorus member or on ou...
11/20/2019

It’s getting close to concert time! Tickets for “Searching for the Light” are available from any chorus member or on our website. Buy them ahead and save $5.

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City of Festivals Men's Chorus, dba Our Voice Milwaukee is a 501 (c) 3 organization. Your donations will help us carry out our mission. Our Voice Milwaukee P.O. Box 1968 Milwaukee, WI 53201-1968 Thank you!

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It's an exciting time for Our Voice Milwaukee the new identity of City of Festivals Men’s Chorus! We started in fall of 2010, as a small group of men who had a common goal for Milwaukee to once again have a gay men's chorus.

Since our debut, we have performed for the Milwaukee community at several venues. We have performed at Pridefest on the Miller (Main) Stage for the last 6years. We were the driving force behind gathering together a community chorus of 70 people to perform as part of the 'it gets better tour' when they came to Milwaukee in early 2014. We’ve been delighted to be representatives of the LGBT community by performing at games of the Milwaukee Bucks and Milwaukee Brewers teams. To express our viewpoint, on August 12th, 2013, the Board of Directors passed the following as our Chorus Values Statement" Our Voice Milwaukee Value Statement We value creating a safe atmosphere of compassion and respect, where we nurture each other’s development both personally and musically. We encourage our members to express their individuality, and value their contributions, allowing for growth, creativity and development, both collectively and individually. We value the important contributions of each member and the time we spend together as a group. We realize that what we are attempting to do can not be done alone. We are dependent on each other to create the harmony in our music and in our community that we strive to achieve. We value the joy of singing and making beautiful music together. We accept the challenge of working to improve our musical skills in order to provide high quality male choral performance that is entertaining, and honors the traditions of male choral music, and LGBT male chorus music. We value the important opportunity we can provide to members and friends of the LGBT community and the community at-large; to join us in song, to hear the harmony we create in our music, and to form working partnerships. We make these efforts in hope to build bridges of compassion, break down barriers of prejudice and ignorance, and build a foundation of equality and respect for future generations.

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I have tickets--you don't want to miss this.
Did you advertise this in the Journal Sentinel Weekend Cue? It's free
So I just finished the dress rehearsal for our concert this Saturday. The concert is called "a letter to mother" and is stories from our members about their mothers interspersed with songs. Several times tonight there wasn't a dry eye in the chorus as we heard about these men and their mothers. I have tickets to the concert available if you want to experience this great event yourself.