About Leavenworth Village Voices
For the Love of Music
The Leavenworth Village Voices (LVV) is a nonprofit community chorus founded in 1982. Our mission is to provide an opportunity for individuals to sing in a mixed-voices choir, develop performance excellence, and enrich our community and the visitor experience through choral music.
Our members are passionate about sharing the joy of music with locals and visitors alike, and contributing to Leavenworth’s Bavarian theme and festive atmosphere. True to custom, the choir performs wearing Trachten, or traditional German attire.
LVV performs primarily during the Christmas season in our annual “Christmas in the Mountains” concert series. You may also hear us spreading Christmas cheer by performing in the gazebo and caroling downtown during Christmas Lighting Festival weekends.
LVV is proud to support music in our community. We offer an annual scholarship to a local student pursuing a career in the musical arts. Finally, we consider it our greatest joy to bring the Christmas spirit to our local assisted living facilities, bringing our concert to them each year.
LVV invites all returning and interested singers to its season opener picnic on Monday, August 16, at 5:30 pm at Lion’s Club Park in Leavenworth. The potluck picnic is a fun way for choir members to reunite ahead of a new season and for inquiring singers to learn more about the choir.
All adult singers are welcome to join. While it is helpful to be able to read music, it is not required. Sheet music and practice tracks are provided to help singers learn their parts and practice between weekly rehearsals. For the safety of our members and audiences, members are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
The season opener picnic is hosted by current members, so interested singers can just turn up, enjoy themselves, and learn about the choir. Those who are unable to attend the picnic need not worry. All prospective members are welcome at the Leavenworth Village Voices’ first rehearsal on Monday, August 23, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Leavenworth Church of the Nazarene, located at 111 Ski Hill Drive. Rehearsals take place every Monday thereafter until it’s showtime!
Proudly Supporting the Arts
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.“ – Plato
LVV offers an annual scholarship to a local graduating senior who will continue to pursue music and the performing arts in college. Download the application to apply, or donate to support the Scholarship Fund.
The Leavenworth Village Voices is a registered 501(c)3. Donations may be tax deductible.
Eleanor Culling was the founder and first director of the Leavenworth Village Voices. After 20 years of teaching choral music in Michigan, she moved to Leavenworth in February of 1982. She became the choir director of the Leavenworth Community United Methodist Church, and soon determined there was a need for a community chorus in the Bavarian village.
Members of several local church choirs came together to form the fledgling chorus; others were recruited from the community, wherever willing singers could be found. Eleanor once told a story about hearing a marvelous bass voice singing in the hallway outside her shop downtown. She dashed out of her store and “snagged him” for the choir. “He had no chance!” she recounted.
LVV performed its first Christmas concert in December 1982, where 46 members performed on the stage at the Camp Field Chapel, now part of Sleeping Lady resort. The Marlin Handbell Ringers—also directed by Eleanor for 10 years—performed several pieces with the choir.
The Leavenworth Village Voices has performed in the International Choral Festival—since renamed the Festival of Choirs—from 1986 to 2013. LVV hosted the festival in Leavenworth in 1987, 1993, 1999, and 2005. Due to busy schedules and commitments, LVV in 2014 made the decision to perform exclusively during the Christmas season. The Women’s Ensemble formed in 2015 for those who wished to perform year-round, and the group continues to perform in the Festival of Choirs.
Larry Henderson served as director for a remarkable 20 years, from 2000-2020. Jennifer Sidebottom—an alto and the choir’s accompanist from 2011-2019—also directed and arranged music for the LVV Women’s Ensemble.
The choir’s 40th season kicks off the tenure of new director Mindy Wall. Wall has a bachelor’s degree from Central Washington University in Music Education with endorsements in general music, instrumental music, and choral music. She joined the Cascade School District as choral director in 2019 with experience teaching music, voice, and musical theater. LVV alto Susan Butruille will work alongside Wall as the choir’s new accompanist.
Four decades after its founding, LVV is honored to carry on Eleanor’s vision for a community choir in Leavenworth. Our greatest passion has never waned or altered: sharing the joy, peace, and hope of Christmas through music.
In their words...
Smiling faces, beautiful songs, sung with skill and heart.
Brought out the tradition of Bavaria-- well done!
Smiling faces, enthusiasm, interesting choral arrangements.
Made me in the mood for the season!