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withonevoice to Reside at WIU in July

withonevoice is a new, non-profit professional vocal ensemble of 16 singers based in Chicago, with a week-long residency program at Western Illinois University in Macomb. The ensemble is comprised of professional musicians and teachers from Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Arizona with a vision to provide performances, educational experiences and workshops that promote vocal versatility and exploration. Each concert features multiple voice qualities with particular attention to cultivating commissioned works that represent a diversity of composers and styles of music. withonevoice strongly believes in “access to the arts for all” and leads educational workshops across the US to help everyone find their voice.

The second season residency takes place July 14-17, on the Macomb campus, with rehearsals open to the public.

“We are thrilled to be back in Macomb for our second season. The Macomb and WIU communities continue to be very welcoming to our artists and supportive of our mission. With this support we look forward to continuing our free arts program here each year,” Brian J. Winnie, director of choral studies at WIU and artistic director and founder of withonevoice said.

The ensemble will present its summer season concert, ”Meet Me There,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18 in the COFAC Recital Hall on the WIU campus and again at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 19 at the St. James Cathedral in downtown Chicago. These performances will feature multiple world premieres by Illinois composers Marybeth Kurnat and Ryan Korell, Canadian composer, Katerina Gimon and Louisiana composer, Shawn Kirchner. The program will feature traditional classical sounds and belted voice qualities.

The performances are open free with RSVP ticket reservations and a suggested donation. To reserve your ticket, visit

To learn more about the ensemble or to donate to the non-profit, visit, or contact the artistic director via email at

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