From Age to Age: A headlining choir at the Northern Voice Festival!

From Age to Age is proud to announce our selection as a headlining choral ensemble in the inaugural year of the Northern Voice Festival. This newly-formed festival is the brainchild of executive and artistic directors from The National Lutheran Choir, The Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus, The Singers, and The Minnesota Chorale. From Age to Age is extremely proud and excited to be selected for this new and what we hope becomes an annual tradition in Minnesota!

The press release for the Northern Voice Festival is below.

Northern Voice Festival Launches

Announces Headliners, Invites More Proposals

Minneapolis, MN – In a move that will celebrate and spotlight Minnesota’s massive singing

culture, the Northern Voice Festival announced today a new month­long, statewide festival

of singing to run April 10 ­ May 10, 2015 along with Fringe­like Festival Days on two

Saturdays, April 11 and 25, 2015. Nine headlining groups were announced for the Festival

Days representing a wide variety of musical styles. The Festival also extended an open

invitation to singing groups (2 or more people, formal and informal, all styles) to propose

programs that will be selected at a public lottery at 7pm on Monday, January 5, 2015 at

Seventh Street Social in St Paul.

Month­long, statewide Festival

The Northern Voice Festival will promote groups’ self­produced events from April 10­May 10,

2015 online, on­air and in print. It is forecast that there will be 120­180 events during that

time. To see the dates already listed, go to the Northern Voice Calendar

( To register your group’s events, email

“We want to feature groups in all styles. Minnesota’s singing culture extends well beyond the

traditional choir which blossomed over the last 150 years as a result of training singers

received in churches and colleges,” noted the Festival’s executive producer, Randall

Davidson. “We are looking for barbershop quartets, jazz vocal ensembles, rock, a capella,

music theater revues, folk singers, gospel choirs, community sing­alongs, doo­wop...the list is

as long and wide as Minnesota!”

Festival Days & Headliners

The Festival Days of the Northern Voice Festival will be held on April 11th in Minneapolis and

April 25th in St. Paul. Four venues in Minneapolis will be in and around the University of

Minnesota campus, including Ted Mann Hall; four venues in St. Paul will be downtown and

include the brand new Ordway Concert Hall. All venues are within a 10­minute walking

distance. Over six hours each Festival Day, audiences can choose between more than 20

different musical events.

The nine “headliners” responded to a public call for proposals with a mid­October deadline

and are representative of the variety and excellence of singing throughout Minnesota: from St.

Cloud to St. Peter, youth choirs, a program about gender identity, an Americana program with

blue grass band, the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, a choir formed to raise money and

awareness for social agencies, a brand­new ensemble for young adult singers, and a whole

program dedicated to choir and orchestra music composed by the exciting

Norwegian­American, Ola Gjeilo. (see Headliner Descriptions)

Invitation for more proposals

Established groups or amateur pick­up singing projects are invited to make proposals for one

of the Festival Days. All singing styles are encouraged because, ”Northern Voice’s mission is

to harmonize singers and communities” said Davidson.The only requirement is that proposals

must include two or more people singing together for at least 30 minutes.”

“We currently have about two dozen proposals from singing groups for the festival days, and

we are expecting 30 to 40 more,” explained Blake Bolan, the Northern Voice Festival’s

Marketing and Communications Director. “We also have a crowd­sourced Northern Voice

Calendar, which helps us to promote singing events across the state year­round, and

especially during our Festival Month. We currently have about 25 groups on the calendar, and

we will increase that number to many more singing groups in the state promoting their events

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota

State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage

For more information, visit, email, or call


About Northern Voice

Northern Voice is a project of the National Lutheran Choir formed as a partnership arising

from years of collaboration between singing groups throughout Minnesota. The founding

members of the Northern Voice partnership are The Singers: Minnesota Choral Artists, the

Minnesota Chorale, the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus, VocalEssence and the National

Lutheran Choir. Northern Voice’s mission is to harmonize singers and communities by

building social and economic equity, celebrating artistic excellence and encouraging deeper

engagement among communities of support. Current programs include the crowd­sourced

Northern Voice Calendar and the month­long, statewide Northern Voice Festival.