Voices of the Valley (VoV) was founded in November 1997, and made its debut performance at the San Francisco Asian Art Museum three months later. Under the music direction of Stephanie Chan, the regularly performing group delivers to the audience well-known choral favorites, and challenges them with rare and delightful works from baroque to contemporary with an international flair.
In addition to its own concerts, VoV is often invited to perform with local performing groups like the National Taiwan University Alumni Chorus North America and Bay Area Showcase Chorus, and appear on Bay Area Radio/TV Stations. VoV performed Faure's Requiem with the Stanford University Orchestra under conductor Dr. Cai Jin Dong in 2008, and collaborated with the renowned XiaMen Philharmonic Orchestra at the San Francisco Davies Symphony Hall in 2009. In 2010, VoV went on its first international concert tour, by invitation from the Chinese University of Hong Kong to perform Dreams of the Red Chamber by Taiwanese composer Eric Liu. VoV returned to Asia in 2013, to perform a program that included the Chinese Cantata Eighteen Songs of the Nomad Flute and excerpts from the musical Sunset Boulevard at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Paper Dome Church in Taiwan.
Many of VoV's singers are Silicon Valley high-tech professionals who are passionate about choral music. VoV’s repertoire includes a vast selection of works from different genres, cultures and musical periods, specializing in staged choral works and modern music. To name a few: Scarlatti’s Te Deum Laudamus, Mozart’s Requiem, Schubert’s Rosamunde, Faure’s Requiem, Johann Strauss Jr’s Die Fledermaus, Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas, Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera and Sunset Boulevard, Huang Zi’s Song of Eternal Lament, Huang YauTai’s Mulan Joins the Army, Hsu Tsang-Houei’s The Legend of the White Snake and Chen Yi’s Chinese Poems.
VoV is funded by organizations like Arts Council Silicon Valley, corporate sponsors like Google and Prince of Peace Corporation, individual donors, member contributions, and ticket sales from performances.
Voices of the Valley will join hands with the visiting Hong Kong Oratorio Society (visit: http://www.oratorio.org.hk) and local instrumentalists, to perform two concerts in California in celebration of The 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region – A Musical Journey. The concerts occasion the US premier of Hong Kong composer Dr. Chan Wing Wah's (陳永華) Symphony No.8 This Boundless Land (蒼茫大地) for organ, choir and orchestra, with lyrics by San Francisco-based writer Dr. Sonia Ng (吳瑞卿). The event is jointly presented with sponsored by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, San Francisco. Admission is $20, and tickets are now available.