About Leavenworth Village Voices
For the Love of Music
The Leavenworth Village Voices (LVV) is a nonprofit community choir founded in 1982. Our mission is to enrich our community and the visitor experience by performing choral and traditional Bavarian 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 during the Christmas season in our annual “Christmas in the Mountains” concert. 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.
Performances for the 2020 Christmas season have been cancelled due to WA State restrictions for the Covid-19 pandemic.
Check back soon for 2021 season information.
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 four times, 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 rather than year-round. The Women’s Ensemble formed in 2015 for those who wanted to perform year- round, and the group continues to perform in the Festival of Choirs.
Larry Henderson joined LVV as director in 2000 and Jennifer Sidebottom—an alto and the choir’s accompanist from 2011-2019—directed and arranged music for the LVV Women’s Ensemble when it formed in 2015.
Nearly four decades later, LVV is honored and thrilled 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.
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!