The Human Voice -- As You've Never Heard It Before
VoiceBox is a weekly public radio and podcast series dedicated to exploring the human voice -- the oldest and most personal of all musical instruments. Labels: about
An independent project launched under the auspices of KALW 91.7 FM San Francisco in January 2010 and now available on several stations throughout California as well as via a free weekly podcast on iTunes ('kalwvoicebox'), VoiceBox seeks to highlight and contextualize the work of singers, songwriters and voice experts from across a wide range of backgrounds, while stimulating in-depth, high quality discussion about the human voice and encouraging listeners to both broaden their musical horizons and participate in singing activities of their own.
VoiceBox capitalizes upon the tremendous popularity of vocal music in the United States and beyond.
According to a recent study by Chorus America, an estimated 32.5 million adults regularly sing in choruses today, up from 23.5 million in 2003. There are more than 500 choral groups in the Bay Area alone and more than one in five households nationwide have at least one singing family member, making choral singing the most popular form of participation in the performing arts for both adults and children. In recent years, singing has lately become the subject of a number of mainstream television shows such as American Idol, The Sing-Off, Smash, The Voice and Glee.
Yet despite the great artistic, social and health benefits of singing and its popularity among specific sectors of the population, there seems to be no place for people who love listening to vocal music or participating in singing activities to go to get focused, contextual reflection about their passion.
In response to this woeful state of affairs in the media and the public’s obvious passionate engagement with singing, VoiceBox aims to celebrate vocal music artists in the same intelligent, wide-ranging and in-depth manner as Terry Gross and Michael Krasny highlight authors, filmmakers and other cultural figures on national and Bay Area public radio respectively.
Listen in on Fridays on KALW 91.7 FM San Francisco (10-11pm) and KZSU 90.1 FM Stanford (5-6pm), or via on-demand webstream at www.kalw.org. VoiceBox is also available as a weekly podcast via iTunes ('kalwvoicebox') and on Los Angeles' KUSC 91.5 FM website (kusc.org.) KUSC also occasionally airs Classically-themed shows from the VoiceBox archives on Saturdays (8-9pm.) Visit kusc.org for more details.
About VoiceBox host & executive producer, Chloe Veltman
Host and Executive Producer: Chloe Veltman
Producer: Seth Samuel
General Manager, KALW: Matt Martin
Social Media Manager: Elio Bucky
Web Editor: Mari Amend & Nayantara Jain
VoiceBox Advisory Council:
Frederica von Stade