The NEWorks Voices of America [NVoA], formerly the NEWorks Inspirational Voices and NEWorks Tribute Singers, is a collective of diverse community vocalists assembled by NEWorks Productions since 2009 to perform for major national events. The mission of this choral aggregation is to provide community vocalists with extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime performance opportunities! Under the music direction of Nolan Williams, Jr. -- American composer, producer and musician -- standout NVoA performances include: the American Academy of Nursing 50th Anniversary Awards Gala (2023); the East Coast premiere of Damien Geter's 'An African American Requiem' (The Kennedy Center, 2022); the Havana Lyceum Orchestra's U.S. premiere of Mozart's opera, "The Clemency of Titus" (The Kennedy Center, 2020); the Anti-Defamation League's 25th Anniversary Concert Against Hate, performing with Kate Davis, Maestro Emil de Cou and the National Symphony Orchestra (The Kennedy Center, 2019); the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize, performing with Patti LaBelle (Constitution Hall, 2019); the 2018 NBA All Star Game, National Anthem (recording); the Andrea Bocelli World Tour (BALTIMORE, MD: CFG Bank Arena, 2023; WASHINGTON, DC: Capital One Arena, 2021, 2019, 2017, 2015); the Democratic National Convention, performing with Carole King and Lenny Kravitz (Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, 2016); the Grad Nation Summit, presented by America's Promise Alliance, spearheaded by the Honorable Colin and Mrs. Alma Powell (2014); and, Some Enchanted Evening: A Musical Birthday Salute to Senator Edward M. Kennedy (The Kennedy Center, 2009).
NVOA performances pictured below: 'Come Together' - 2017 Kennedy Center Spring Gala; 2014 Grad Nation Summit (with the Honorable Colin and Mrs. Alma Powell); 2017 Andrea Bocelli World Tour Concert, Washington, D.C.; 2016 Democratic National Convention (with Lenny Kravitz).
VIDEO: Rehearsal clip of NEWorks Voices of America and Havana Lyceum Orchestra preparing Mozart's "The Clemency of Titus" | U.S. Premiere of this Cuban production, The Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theatre | February 14-15, 2020 | Maestro José Antonio Méndez Padrón, Conductor
Since their debut on the international stage in 2007, performing four major concerts for Italy’s celebrated Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival, NEWorks Voices of Inspiration (NVoI) has emerged as one of the most sought-after choral aggregations specializing in African American sacred music. Theirs is a fresh sound, punctuated by their ability to move effortlessly from anthems to spirituals, from multicultural music to gospel songs. NVoI has been featured in performance at the White House, the United States Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the National Theatre. In 2012, VOI traveled to Cairo, Egypt to perform in an international choral festival by invitation of the U.S. State Department. Standout performances include: two concert programs with the National Symphony Orchestra; the 95th birthday celebration for TV producer and icon Norman Lear; the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony; the Nancy Hanks Lecture, presented by Americans for the Arts; and, the Time-Life/BET infomercial, VOICES.
NVOI performances pictured below: U.S. State Department-sponsored cultural tour to Cairo, Egypt (2015); Black History Month performance at The White House (2010); Reflections of Peace: From Gandhi to King (with the Honorable Nirupama Rao, former Ambassador of India to the U.S., 2013); 9/11: Ten Years Later, a YouTube Live performance from The Kennedy Center Concert Hall.
VIDEO: Excerpt of NEWorks Voices of Inspiration performing the Negro Spiritual, "Done Made My Vow" | Setting by Nolan Williams, Jr.
VIDEO: Excerpt of NEWorks Voices of Inspiration with orchestra performing the Negro Spiritual, "City Called Heaven" | Setting by Nolan Williams, Jr. | Orchestrated by Nolan Williams, Jr. & Richard Bronskill
The NEWorks Philharmonic Orchestra made its debut in October 12, 2019 for the concert program, Ethereality: Celestial Dreams & the Great Beyond, conducted by founding artistic director Maestro Nolan Williams, Jr. and guest conductor Maestro Julius Williams.
Most recently, NPO performed the East Coast premiere of Damien Geter's 'An African American Requiem' in The Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Michael Brodeur, classical music critic for The Washington Post hailed their performance as "wonderfully balanced" with "impressive expressive range."
Comprised of professional musicians from throughout the country, NPO is proud to be one of the most diverse orchestras in the nation.
VIDEO: Rehearsal clip of NEWorks Philharmonic Orchestra preparing "Sukkot through Orion's Nebula" by James Lee III for Ethereality: Celestial Dreams & the Great Beyond, a concert co-presented by NEWorks and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture | Maestro Julius Williams, Conductor | October 12, 2019
NEWorks' Voices of America Youth Choir is a diverse group of stellar voices, ages 13-17, selected by audition to perform for high-profile concert and corporate events.
NVoA Youth performance pictured below: 2018 Kennedy Center Honors Tribute to the co-creators of the Broadway musical, Hamilton.