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.
Come to a free performance of the LVV Women’s Ensemble on Saturday, May 14, at the Front Street gazebo for Maifest 2022! Performance is from 11:15 to 11:45 am before the parade.
In other news, 2022 marks an important milestone for LVV: 40 years of performing! We look forward to celebrating this milestone with you this Christmas season!
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.
LVV has performed in the International Choral Festival—now 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.
Mindy Wall joined LVV as its new director in 2021. She 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.
Forty years 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...
The whole concert experience was lovely!
It was all great, wonderful, fantastic, and outstanding!
Loved, loved 'Holy Night, Silent Night!'
Coming back on another date with guests!
Loved the beautiful harmonies and blending of voices. The a cappella pieces had great harmony and nice balance.
Enjoyed music selection of traditional and sacred Christmas music.
Gorgeous live music!
The music and holiday cheer were very festive and got us in the holiday spirit!
The music was wonderful and brought me joy! I've been attending your concerts for 20+ years and this was a breath of fresh air: glad I came!
Loved the energy and enthusiasm of ALL performers: excellent!
Excellent direction and professionalism.
Loved the LVV Women's Ensemble! Such beautiful voices; graceful appreciated the harmonium and guitar.