To build community through song
Voices Rising is a women’s chorus, founded upon feminist principles of community, inclusivity, activism and education. We sing together to give voice to our lives, identities and beliefs, and to celebrate the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and women’s communities in and around Boston. Raising our voices in joy and solidarity, we contribute to the growing tradition of the women’s choral movement. Through our music, we strengthen ourselves and serve our community’s history, present needs and future possibilities.
The Voices Rising Leadership Team is a group of individuals (both singers and non-singers) who serve as the board for our 501c3 non-profit organization and who guide the direction of the chorus. Though there is no financial obligation to serve on the board, Leadership Team members are expected to serve one full year, from February to February, and meetings are held one evening per month in the Boston area.
If you are interested in attending, joining, or learning more about how you can support the chorus and its Leadership Team, please email Julia Keller, current president of Voices Rising’s Leadership Team.
Your sisters in song,
The Voices Rising Leadership Team
Who can be a Leadership Team member?
- Anyone (of any gender) who cares about Voices Rising and wants to ensure its future success
- Anyone who would like to support Boston’s LGBT-friendly women’s choral community
- Anyone who wants to be part of the Voices Rising community but doesn’t sing or cannot attend weekly rehearsal
What do Leadership Team members do?
- Help shape the vision and direction of the chorus
- Help promote the chorus and increase its visibility locally and on a broader stage
- Organize concerts and oversee fundraisers and all regular chorus operations
- Create and achieve goals for community involvement and inclusivity
- Identify performance opportunities and grants that fulfill our commitments to activism and education
- Solicit and discuss member/audience feedback and work to improve singers’ and audience members’ experiences
- Attend monthly LT meetings
Responsibilities are divided up by choice, with each member taking ownership of the projects that are most aligned with their personal strengths and interests. Traditionally, who steps forward will receive training and mentoring from LT members who have done these jobs in the past.
As a grantee of the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC), Voices Rising is contractually committed to abide by state and federal regulations which bar discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, or sexual orientation, and which require accessibility for persons with disabilities. The MCC and its grantees are expected to be in compliance with:
- The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)
- Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504)
- Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI)
- Other applicable state and local laws
Voices Rising is committed to rehearsing and performing in spaces that meet these accessibility requirements.