Voices of Change is the Southwest’s premiere professional chamber music ensemble dedicated to the performance of the music of our time. Now in its 41st year, Voices of Change fills a unique niche in the music world by performing small ensemble works by 20th and 21st century composers, encouraging and preserving the impulse of musical creativity and imagination.
Founded in 1974 by pianist Jo Boatright and clarinetist Ross Powell, Voices of Change is one of the longest-lived and most distinguished new music ensembles in the United States. In 1999, Voices of Change was a finalist for the prestigious Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Small Classical Ensemble. The CD, Voces Americanas, features works of five living composers of Hispanic descent. The Grammy nomination is a first for any Dallas/Fort Worth area chamber music ensemble. Voices of Change has been awarded the annual ASCAP Award for Adventuresome Programming an unprecedented five times and has recorded LPs and CDs on the CRI, Crystal, Innova, Albany, Centaur, and Redwood labels.
The artists are first-tier professional musicians playing music written by well-known and up-and-coming professional composers. The music of living composers is challenging and requires the skill and dedication of accomplished classical musicians to be played.
The ensemble has been privileged to host more than one hundred composers who have come to hear, discuss, and often participate in the performance of their pieces. Voices of Change has presented over 75 world premieres (more than 25 of which were commissioned by the ensemble), performed music by over 300 composers, and made numerous recordings, including five CDs. Voices of Change is also dedicated to commissioning new works and recording them. The ensemble co-produces an annual young composers competition to introduce and support the music of promising college and high-school composers.
Voices of Change is supported by: The City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Aaron Copland Fund for New Music, Target Corporation, the EPIK Foundation, TACA, The Dallas Foundation, the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts), Times Ten Cellars and WRR-101.1 FM.
“The Beethoven, the Debussy, the Corigliano of tomorrow – they are all out there. We deserve to hear them, and they deserve to be heard …Voices of Change, Dallas’ enduring new-music chamber music ensemble, has built its reputation and educated area audiences with an eclectic approach, programming a strong mixture of 20th-century classics and new, innovative works by living composers.”
— Wayne Lee Gay, FW Star Telegram