Chicora Voices was founded in 2005 as a unique addition to the Arts Community of Greenville, SC. By merging two previously established choirs for young people–The Boy Choir of the Carolinas and The Furman Children’s Chorus–Chicora Voices was able to serve a larger population of singers in Greenville and the surrounding areas.
Chicora Voices is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides six single-gender choirs for boys, girls, young women and young men of Upstate South Carolina and Western North Carolina.The choirs perform independently and together as an ensemble.
Chicora Voices offers quality musical instruction in the choral setting, promoting artistic and personal excellence, musical literacy and healthy singing habits, for a lifetime of enjoyment of the choral art. Young singers are nurtured for both musical and personal development. Focused artistic effort toward a common goal allows the children and youth to build team work, character, responsibility, and friendships in addition to experiencing rewarding musical accomplishments. Some of our choristers find a home in our choirs which they haven’t experienced in other educational settings or activities.
Based in historic downtown Greenville, Chicora Voices offers an exciting program of rehearsals, concerts, social events, community service and travel opportunities. In addition to Chicora Voices’ own concerts, the choirs collaborate with other choirs and orchestras in the region and nation. Chicora Voices has been featured in performances at Carnegie Hall; the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC; Holiday at Peace; the Greenville Symphony Orchestra and Greenville Chorale productions; the Children in Harmony Festival at Walt Disney World; and recent tours in New York City, Washington, DC, and Orlando, Florida.
Founding directors, Alan Reed and Laura Jean Reed provide musical leadership for the program. Alan and Jeanie have directed successful choirs of young people in the Upstate for over thirty years and are committed to making Chicora Voices a great fit for young people who love to sing.
The name Chicora comes from the Native American word for the area that includes the Carolinas.