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Our History

We're celebrating our 35th Anniversary! Eleanor Culling founded the Leavenworth Village Voices in 1982 with the vision of forming a community chorus of men and women who love to sing. We are honored and thrilled to be keeping Eleanor’s dream alive. Our members love to share the joy and peace of Christmas music while contributing to Leavenworth's Bavarian theme and festive atmosphere.

From 1986 to 2014, the Village Voices was also part of the International Choral Festival, traveling to Canada and other parts of the US to participate, and hosting the festival in Leavenworth every six years. We are blessed to have Larry Henderson as Director since 2000 and Jennifer Sidebottom as Accompanist since 2011.

The Leavenworth Village Voices continue to fulfill the mission of enriching our community and the visitor experience by promoting choral music and traditional Bavarian songs, contributing to Leavenworth's Bavarian theme and festive atmosphere, and providing an opportunity for locals to sing in a professionally-directed, mixed-voices choir. We offer an educational and recreational outlet for individuals with a passion for music and singing, and we promote the arts more generally in Leavenworth.

We thoroughly enjoy representing our Bavarian Village and performing our annual "Christmas in the Mountains" concerts each December, while clad in traditional Bavarian Trachten (attire). You will also see us perform at the Gazebo during the final Christmas Lighting Festival and caroling in small groups downtown during Christmas Lighting Festival weekends.

In addition, we perform at local charity fundraisers, during festivals, and for tour groups and care-giving facilities. We also present an annual scholarship to a graduating senior who will continue his/her study of music in college.