We Celebrate The Inherent Dignity of All People Through Excellence in Men’s Choral Music
Changing Lives… One Song at a Time
In The Beginning
In July of 2002, a group of men banded together with a common mission as their driving force: To express through excellence in men’s choral music the inherent worth and dignity of all people in order to foster a global community that celebrates and embraces diversity. With that lofty goal in mind, the men met, formed an executive council and joined Crescendo: The Tampa Bay Women’s Chorus as support members. With the love and assistance of their sisters in song, these men were affectionately called the “Men of Crescendo” in their first appearances. By late September 2002, the council officially registered with the Florida Secretary of State, and announced the arrival of Una Voce: The Florida Men’s Chorale under their first artistic director, John-Philip Mullinax.
Over The Years
Since its debut in December 2002, the men of Una Voce have performed at events ranging from Pride celebrations in Tampa, St Petersburg, and New Port Richey, to the City of Tampa’s holiday celebrations; was invited to participate in the tenth anniversary concert of the Fort Worth (TX) Men’s Chorus; Una Voce made its international debut in 2004 at the VIIè GALA Festival in Montréal, Canada; and, in February 2006, took the stage of the famed Carnegie Hall in New York City. Una Voce sang with the Richey Community Orchestra during their 2008 season, and performed along with 6000 of their peers, to great acclaim, in Miami, FL for GALA Festival VIII. In 2012, Una Voce returned to GALA Festival 2012 in Denver, CO along with the UV Rays first GALA Festival appearance. Una Voce has performed for both of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s Inauguration celebrations. The men of Una Voce traveled to Dublin, Ireland in 2014 as one of only five USA choirs to attend the Various Voices Festival along with 80 choruses from 18 different countries. The chorus returned to Denver, CO for GALA Festival 2016 stunning a packed house with the emotionally gripping “When We No Longer Touch” featuring the iconic choreography of Elizabeth Weil Bergmann. They were also thrilled to join a mass chorus of 1,000 men from eleven GALA choruses to sing Andrew Lippa’s oratorio, “I Am Harvey Milk”.
“Now under the Artistic Direction of Joseph Caulkins, the future of Una Voce looks incredibly bright, kicking off our 15th Anniversary year! It all starts on February 17th and 18th, with “Bette, Babs & Beyond”, a cabaret concert happening at The Space at 2106 in Tampa. [TICKETS] Join us this Spring for an unforgettable experience in pop/rock nostalgia when the men of Una Voce channel the fab four in “All You Need Is Love: The Music of The Beatles” [TICKETS] And, of course, Una Voce will continue to perform throughout the Tampa Bay area throughout the rest of 2017. “In the current political and social climate, our mission to celebrate diversity through music is now more important than ever,” chorus president Harold Harkins said in a press release. “By underscoring our own diversity and increasing our outreach to groups who are under-represented or under threat, we can literally create a voice to help speak for community and diversity.””
The Future Depends On YOU!
The Men of Una Voce Hope You Will Join Us – To Touch Hearts And Share Our Vision Of ”Changing Lives… One Song At A Time”.
Singing Members: If you are interested in becoming a Singing Member of Tampa Bay’s premiere Men’s Chorus, then come visit us! We prepare and rehearse for our big seasonal events every Monday night from 7-10:pm at HCC-Ybor Campus – Performing Arts Center, 15th St. & Palm Ave, Tampa. A voice placement audition with Artistic Director, Joseph Caulkins is all that is needed. A short prepared song is required for an audition. Auditions are held in August and January each season. For information about auditioning for Una Voce The Florida Men’s Chorale, email: Info@Una-Voce.org or call 727-560-6044. You will make new friends and join a wonderful chorus of men!
Support Members: If you appreciate our Mission, Vision and Values and enjoy the fruits of our passion for great song, you can choose to support Una Voce in other ways. Support Members may not be gifted with the ability to sing but may be able provide the equally as important gift of time or direct financial support. Without the Support Members of our community, our song could not be shared. It is for you that we sing our strongest and most pitch perfect notes. For more information about Support Member volunteer opportunities, email: Info@Una-Voce.org or call 727-560-6044