Two organizations have recognized Voices of Omaha for its efforts in outreach and nonprofit transparency. Nebraska Arts Council/Nebraska Cultural Endowment has awarded the nonprofit with a grant of $4,729 and GuideStar USA, Inc. placed the group at the GuideStar Exchange Silver participation level for demonstrating its deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

The grant of $4,729 from the Nebraska Arts Council/Nebraska Cultural Endowment supports Voices of Omaha’s Growth Project which will increase educational outreach and diversify chorus membership for its 45th annual performance of Handel’s oratorio Messiah. The presentation will take place in the Holland Performing Arts Center’s Kiewit Concert Hall on Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 3:00 p.m., free to the public.

Voices of Omaha’s Growth Project involves greatly expanded outreach to high school youth interested in choral music. To remove barriers to participation for the young singers, annual membership dues are waived, musical scores are provided, and even tuxedos are provided for the students who need them. In addition to excellent vocal coaching, each rehearsal features a 14-minute multi-media lecture/demonstration of a musicological subject relating to Messiah. This is of value to the musicians of every age in the group. Rehearsals begin Sunday, October 13 at the Holland Center.

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