Our first Mini-Tour was OH-mazing!

svvcfairchildchapelThanks so much to the new audiences who came out to see our shows in Oberlin and Cleveland this past weekend! We had so much fun performing our “Living Voices” program for you and getting your supportive feedback about the work we are doing! To read Artistic Director Jessie Downs’s reflections on these events, visit her most recent post on her website. Representative recordings from a combination of our OH and NY shows are also now available on our soundcloud “Living Voices” playlist, including a beautiful piece by our outgoing bass, Brien Henderson, entitled “Noli esse vana.” The group is taking a break for the rest of the summer, but already we have exciting things in the works for our fall program, so stay tuned!

We are thrilled to announce that Sotto Voce has been named one of New Music USA’s 2018 project grant recipients!!!

proposalpicLast night, we were given this amazing news – we have been chosen to receive one of New Music USA’s 2018 Project Grants for our ongoing “Living Voices” project! From all of the Voces, thank you so much for supporting us, New Music USA! To all our fans and followers – please stay tuned to our New Music USA Project Page, FB page, and this website for more updates as the project continues to unfold! You can also check out all the other wonderful winning projects on New Music USA’s featured project page.

We are also sending out a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to the fundraising campaign that has helped us to take the project this far. Your financial support and votes of confidence have enabled us to reach this wonderful new milestone as a group!

Our Artistic Director Jessie Downs would also like to thank the project’s commissioned composers Alex Huddleston and Jamie Leigh Sampson for helping her to bring this project to fruition and for writing the group stunning new pieces that – as we prepare for our upcoming tour – increasingly seem to fit us like a glove. Thanks also to all the Voces who continue to bring their dedication and artistry to this crazy thing that we do, and to Voces past who have contributed to the development of our sound and style.

A hearty thanks as well to all our other featured composers, past and present, many of whom have provided invaluable feedback and dialogue during the rehearsal process. We are so glad that we can continue to grow as collaborators in the presentation and creation of exciting new vocal works through support such as this!

Last, but certainly not least, we send a huge thank you to all the folks behind the scene who help us to get things done through donation of their time and resources, including a big shout-out to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo for the space we call home.

Onwards and upwards!

With Love from the Voce Team

Living Voices – Sound Samples

Although we are currently preparing the concert recordings from the premier of the “Living Voices” program in Buffalo NY, we thought we would also share this playlist of previews that we originally posted leading up to that event. For those interested in catching the program in Ohio, this will give you some sense of what to expect! Stay tuned for longer recordings of these works and feel free to check out our media page for sample sounds of Voces past.

Sotto Voce is going on tour!

Sotto Voce Vocal Collective: William Zino, Blake Hurlburt, Brien Henderson, Suzanne Fatta, Jessie Downs, Gabrielle Carr, Helen Lowry (photo credit Saffi Rigberg). Missing is Julia Anne Cordani.

In less than 2 weeks, Sotto Voce is embarking on our first mini-tour beyond our home city of Buffalo, NY. We will be stopping in both Cleveland and Oberlin, OH over a long weekend to present an extended version of our “Living Voices” program. As both Artistic Director Jessie Downs and tenor Suzanne Fatta are Oberlin graduates or ‘Obies,’ they are excited to share the ensemble’ sounds with friends and mentors in this formative location for so many contemporary musicians. The extended program will also feature an arrangement of an early music piece by another Obie, Mary Larew.

If you are in the Oberlin/ Cleveland area and are interested in contemporary and/ or vocal music, please come check us out!

Kaija Saariaho – From the Grammar of Dreams, IV (1988)
Alex Huddleston -The Sonnets PREMIER (2018)
Alvin Lucier – Unamuno (1994)
Mary Larew (arr.) – Heu Me Misera (2009)
Nomi Epstein – long, after (2017)
Jamie Leigh Sampson – Dite Me PREMIER (2018)
Marianne Schuppe – der blumen PREMIER (2017)
Brien Henderson – Noli esse vana (2016)
Kaija Saariaho – From the Grammar of Dreams, V (1988)

Oberlin FB Event Page

Cleveland FB Event Page

Both $10 at the door.

Living Voices – SVVC’s Spring 2018 Concert Program

SVVC Event Photo - April Concert.pngWe hope you can join Sotto Voce Vocal Collective on Sunday, April 29th at 5pm for a haunting program of new works for voices, including world premieres of new pieces from local composers Jamie Leigh Sampson and Alex Huddleston. The full program is listed here:

Kaija Saariaho – From the Grammar of Dreams, III (1988)
Alvin Lucier – Una Muno (1994)
Alex Huddleston -The Sonnets PREMIER (2018)
Kaija Saariaho – From the Grammar of Dreams, IV (1988)
Nomi Epstein – long, after (2017)
Jamie Leigh Sampson – Dite Me PREMIER (2018)
Marianne Schuppe – der blumen (2017)
Kaija Saariaho – From the Grammar of Dreams, V (1988)

We’ll be performing at our usual venue, Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo, located on the corner of Elmwood Avenue and West Ferry Street. Please visit our Facebook event page for more information, and to mark that you’re interested! Tickets are available at the door or online here for $10.

Donation page

Sotto Voce Vocal Collective is now a fiscally-sponsored entity through Arts Services Initiative of Western New York, or ASIwny! This has been one of the ensemble’s long-term goals, and we are incredibly excited to make it official.


You can donate to Sotto Voce using this platform, which helps us continue to make vocal magic in Buffalo and beyond. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with our rehearsals, concert schedule, and other events. We also have a Donate page, which will allow you to access this information and these links outside of this post. As always, thank you for your continued support!

Julia, Sotto Voce Vocal Collective Managing Director


17492587_601244593405296_5260725581048932040_oWelcome to the brand new Sotto Voce Vocal Collective website! We’re thrilled to continue to augment our presence in the Buffalo, NY new music scene, and wanted to put ourselves out there with this website.

Here we’ll be posting updates on our activities and events in Buffalo and beyond, any relevant news about our group and its members, and archives of and reflections on our musicianship.

Feel free to peruse the site as you need, and make sure to contact us if you have any questions, comments, or concerns.

Julia, Sotto Voce Vocal Collective Managing Director