Voices of Central Arkansas (VOCA)

2014-15 Voices of Central Arkansas Choir

2014-15 Voices of Central Arkansas Choir

AUDITIONS FOR NEW MEMBERS:  Thursday, Aug. 6, 3:30-6:30pm.  Call our director at 816-718-9200 to schedule your audition!

Voices of Central Arkansas (VOCA), began as the Central Arkansas Children's Choir in 1996, and is an award-winning, auditioned choral program for 3rd - 9th grade treble voices (Choristers and Concert Choir) and a small select inter-generational SATB choir for high school and college voices (Youth Choir).  We recently opened VOCA up to 3rd grade students and we invite students in grades 3-5 to audition for Choristers.   Students in grades 5-9 are invited to audition for Concert Choir.  We also invite all talented high school singers looking for exceptional vocal and performance opportunities to audition for Youth Choir.  Auditions for the fall will be held on August 6.  Contact us today!

Rehearsals are held in the UCA Snow Fine Arts Center each Tuesday night of the school year, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. for Choristers and Concert Choir and 7- 8:30pm for Youth Choir.  Go to vocasings.com for additional information regarding the choir and our exciting new year of concerts and activities or email vocasings@gmail.com.

A mini-summer camp will be held Aug. 12-14.

Our students performed this past year with the Conway Symphony Orchestra and with a professional company performing A Christmas Carol.  Students also participated in the Silver Dollar City Music Festival, earning the top award once again.

Audition information may be found below, and also at http://www.vocasings.com/membership-and-information.html.

In 2014, our students had the opportunity to perform in Carnegie Hall, as part of an "by invitation only" music festival.  The trip was optional for our members, but 36 students, along with a host of parents and two of our directors made the trip to NYC!

Featured performers at UCA's 2012 Night of Distinction.

Over the past seventeen years, CACC or VOCA has performed eleven times with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Celebration and Yuletide Spectacular;  in the Holiday Pops Concert and the Jingle Bell (Little) Rock program; in ASO performances of the operas La Bohème, Carmen, Carmina Burana and Turandot; with the Conway Symphony Orchestra; and in Christmas concerts at the Arkansas State Capitol.  More recently, the choir performed onstage with The American Boychoir and Pat Boone in separate concerts, and also with the U of A Children's Choir and as part of UCA's Night of Distinction. Other performances include the ArkMEA Conference, International Heifer Project Convention, Arkansas All-State Music Clinic, Midwest Horn Workshop, Arkansas Reading Council, United Way Carnival of Caring, Toad Suck Daze, Life Choices Banquet, and Philander Smith College’s Martin Luther King Day observances.  The choir has placed first numerous times in Musical Carousel and Music in the Park competitions at Frontier City Theme Park in Oklahoma City, Silver Dollar City in Branson, and Six Flags in Dallas.

The CACC participated in the Windy City Music Festival in Chicago in 2012, and March 28-31, 2014 many VOCA members participated in the Heritage Music Festival in NYC and performed in Carnegie Hall!

Carnegie Hall performanceVOCA at Ellis Island March 2014

Members and parents also visited Times Square, the 9/11 Memorial, Wall Street, Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.   Everyone had the opportunity to see Wicked at the Gershwin Theater as well.  It was an amazing trip and a beautiful concert.


Director Sheri Cook-Cunningham, Assistant Professor of Music Education, earned her Ph.D. in Choral Pedagogy at The University of Kansas, and has taught General Music, grades Kindergarten-5, Junior High Music, and High School Choral Music. While pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Kansas, she taught undergraduate courses in Choral Methods, Conducting, Psychology and Acoustics of Music, Human Music, Learning and Development and supervised student teachers. Sheri has been published twice in the International Journal of Research in Choral Singing, and her research interests include adolescent voices, hearing dosage and hearing conservation in choral settings, and historical choral diction practices.   She has been instrumental in developing and growing all phases of the VOCA program. In addition to conducting the Concert Choir and Youth Choir, at UCA she is the music education area coordinator.  She teaches choral music education courses, supervises student teaching interns and directs the University Chorus.

We are very fortunate to have Carrie Martens back as Assistant Director of VOCA and Director of the Chorister's Choir this year.  Carrie completed her Master's of Music in Music Education from UCA this past spring. She has presented research at state, regional, and national conferences on such topics as self-regulated music practice techniques and instrument placement testing procedures. Prior to her graduate work, Carrie studied saxophone and received her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Arkansas Tech. She has taught K-12 (instrumental, vocal, and general) music in the Berryville and Ozark Mountain School Districts, and she has served as a teaching assistant in all undergraduate music education classes at UCA.


Early Dates

Thursday, August 6           3:30-6:30pm   VOCA Auditions for all new members and for Choristers who wish to try out for Concert Choir.  Schedule your 10 minute audition by contacting Dr. Cook-Cunningham at 816-718-9200.  Location:  UCA, Snow Fine Arts Center (SFAC), 312A.

August 12-14                     Sing with Me VOCA Summer Camp - for all new and returning VOCA members and friends!  Free        3-day mini camp.

Tuesday, August 25           6pm   First Fall Rehearsal, SFAC 107. Choristers and Concert Choir:  6-7:30pm.  Youth Choir:  7-8:30pm

Tuesday, Sept. 1                6pm   Parent Meeting (rehearsal time may be adjusted)   Location:  SFAC


Additional information may be found on the vocasings.com website.

 VOCA typically follows the Conway School break and holiday schedule.  Please call or check the VOCA website for an updated calendar.

What do I need to do to join VOCA:  Choristers, Children's Choir or Youth Choir?

Just contact us!  A student's parent, or any student interested in joining, may call Sheri Cook-Cunningham, 816-718-9200.

What is the VOCA Audition like?

Choristers and Children's Choir:  Students will be asked to match pitches played on the piano, demonstrate how high and low they can sing, and sing a familiar song, such as “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” or "Happy Birthday."  A prepared piece is not necessary or required.

Youth Choir:  Students will sing a prepared piece of 2 minutes or less, match pitches and demonstrate sight-singing abilities.

To Make a Donation and Make a Difference in a Child's Life

Message from Jann Bryant, CSM director:

We are looking for students who love to sing and are committed to working hard, but also having fun.  We want all students who wish to participate to have an opportunity to do so.  Because tuition payments are harder for many families at this time, we are asking for donations for need-based scholarships.  For many of our former students, the training they received in the CACC gave them the skills to receive college vocal scholarships, so it can make a big difference in a young person’s life.  VOCA will continue to make a positive impact on the lives of our members.  Your donation is tax deductible.  Anyone wishing to help a child participate in this wonderful ensemble should contact me at 501-450-5755 or email me at jannb@uca.edu for details about donating.  Please click on the Corporate Sponsor Form - VOCA for more information.  Donations of any amount will be gladly accepted.  Checks may be made out to UCA Foundation-VOCA.  We are a non-profit, 501 (C)(3) organization.  Thank you!