Amateurs welcome in new community choir

Voices Rock, group that requires no audition, opens chapter in Littleton

David Gilbert
dgilbert@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 2/24/20

Not everyone thinks they're cut out to sing in a choir, but anyone who has sung in the shower or the car is qualified for Voices Rock. The no-audition-necessary, fun-focused choir that has made …

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Amateurs welcome in new community choir

Voices Rock, group that requires no audition, opens chapter in Littleton

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Not everyone thinks they're cut out to sing in a choir, but anyone who has sung in the shower or the car is qualified for Voices Rock.

The no-audition-necessary, fun-focused choir that has made singers out of amateurs in Denver is opening a new chapter in Littleton, and its soon-to-be director is pretty excited.

“Singing in a choir sounds daunting if you've never done it,” said Joe Mondragon, a longtime voice coach and Littleton native. “But here, you'll have supportive people on either side of you. If you want to learn a new skill, this is a good chance. If you've sung in a choir before, you'll be surprised at the quality of this one.”

Voices Rock is open to everyone, said Jill Teas, the group's cofounder.

“We don't take ourselves too seriously,” Teas said. “We've got people who sang in church or high school, down to people who never thought they'd be in a choir.”

The goal is to get people out of the house and hanging out, said Anna Kaye, the group's executive director.

“We're all so busy and distracted these days,” Kaye said. “We can get isolated too. People walk into a choir room, and it's a level playing field. A big part of our philosophy is for everyone to be supported to take chances. It's about building a community.”

Voices Rock consists of 10-week sessions that meet once a week. Selections include classic rock and songs from musicals, like "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen, "Blackbird" by the Beatles, or "Dear Theodosia" from the musical "Hamilton."

The group already has chapters around Denver, and another in Vail.

Some members keep coming back for more sessions, Teas said, and Voices Rock choirs have performed at community outreach events, Red Rocks concerts, and this summer will sing the national anthem at a Rockies game.

There's something magical that happens when people come together to sing, said Mondragon, the Littleton group's director.

“It can be a ridiculously spiritual experience,” Mondragon said. “It's not like a painting. It's a form of art that's there, then it's gone. It brings people together in a way few other things do.”

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