Teen Voices of the City Ensemble (T-VOCE)
Teen Voices of the City Ensemble (T-VOCE) welcomes youth from the greater Philadelphia area to join in the experience of choral singing. Through rehearsals, workshops, and performances, members are given the tools to realize their potential as artists. It celebrates an inclusive community where individuals come together to create a shared expression.
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, to explore issues important to our members, and build community. T-VOCE comes from the Italian word "voce," meaning "voice," because this choir empowers and celebrates the voices of Philadelphia youth.
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 4–5 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!
Free voice lessons will be provided to Philadelphia-area students through ArtSmart and T-VOCE, and monthly workshops will be offered for teens to explore other forms of expression including poetry writing, spoken word, singer-songwriting, and more.
T-VOCE is a collaboration between ArtSmart, Esperanza Dance Ensemble, Fortress Arts Academy, Opera Philadelphia, Play On, Philly!, and Singing City.
T-VOCE Director - Rosemary Schneider
Rosemary Schneider is beginning her 18th 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.
Through Performance, Arts Education, and Fellowship, Singing City Choir is a force for social impact, bringing people together and lifting the human spirit through the artistry of choral music.
Singing City Choir
1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102