MoTown Comes to Mount Airy

The sounds of the Motor City will be on display in Mount Airy as the area’s premier choral ensemble once again throws off its classical leanings, trading in suits and dresses for dancing shoes.

VOCE is set to pay tribute to Motown during its first concert of the season, which is scheduled for Oct. 20 at 7 p.m., at the Mount Airy High School auditorium.

Organizers say the success of last year’s inaugural Motown performance made it imperative to go for two in a row.

“Motown,” said VOCE spokesman Mark Gillespie. “The word alone generates a rich anthology of some of the greatest music and performances in history.”

Gillespie said the audience members for this performance should get ready to have their socks knocked off.

“The group adds its own spin when performing music so full of emotion, stories, heartbreak, and of course some of the best dance music every written,” he said. “(The performers) have definitely stepped out of their comfort zone and will present a side we have not seen before.”

For the third year in a row, Patti Miller Fulk is serving as artistic director of the group.

“Audience appeal and attendance has grown dramatically since (Fulk) came on board,” Gillespie said. “Her willingness to step outside the box and try something new and different is what has generated the increase in community support, and this concert is a great example of her creativity, talent and personality.”

International singing sensation and Mount Airy resident Melva Houston will be performing during the concert, in addition to recording artist Jon Hildreth, Gillespie said.

“(Houston) has performed with the likes of Isaac Hayes, Sam and Dave and The Platters,” he said. “She has traveled throughout Europe sharing her smoky jazz/blues voice with thousands of fans.”

Gillespie said Hildreth has been singing gospel, rhythm and blues and jazz since childhood.

“He travels extensively performing and amazing audiences with his talents,” he added of the 2000 graduate of North Surry High School.”

Gillespie said this concert is “not one to be missed.”

“Please join us for an evening of great music, voices and memories as we pay tribute to one of the great musical eras of our time,” he said.

Tickets for the event are $12, or $8 with student identification, and will be available at the door.

From The Mount Airy News

Keith Strange can be reached at 336-415-4698 or via Twitter @strangereporter.

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VOCE — Spring Concert

The Spring Concert — “Just Music” —  will be held on Monday evening, May 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Mount Airy.  Admission is $10.00.Come join us for an evening of wonderful music.  The Artistic Director is Patti Miller Fulk.   Featured accompanist is Will Green, a Senior at East Wilkes High School.  Featured on guitar is Wiley Porter.

cropped-Sweets-Song-Dob-Group.jpg For additional information, please contact Mark Gillespie at 336-789-2035

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Happy New Year from Voce!

Happy New Year from the Board and Membership of Voce of Mount Airy!

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Christmas Concert December 16

Reminder about our Christmas Concert!  Please join us on Monday evening, December 16 at 7:00 pm.  We will be at Central United Methodist Church.  Admission is $10.   Come enjoy!

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Pick up Your Chicken Pies

Moravian Chicken Pies are being delivered to First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Airy at 9:45am on Saturday, Nov. 2. Please be there or send someone to pick up your pies as close to 10:00am possible. Let Mark Gillespie know if you will not be able to pick up your pies at that time: 336-789-2035 Thanks again for your support!

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Christmas Concert Date Announced

Christmas Concert Date Set

December 16, 2013  Mark Your Calendars Now


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Moravian Chicken Pies to Benefit VOCE

Moravian Chicken Pies!  Order Yours Now!

Prepared by “Mrs. Pumpkin’s Chicken Pies”

Pie crust filled with tender boneless and skinless chicken breast

Feeds four

Comes frozen and ready to put in the oven to bake for an hour

Great family meal!  Great gift idea!  Easy!  Delicious!

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$12.00 each…    Three for $33.00…   Four for $45.00

Orders must be placed by October 21, 2013

Will be available for pick up on November 2, 2013 in the parking lot of

The First Presbyterian Church in Mount Airy.

To place an order contact Mark Gillespie at 336.789.2035

Proceeds to benefit VOCE, Surry County’s Premiere Choral Ensemble

Treat yourself, your family, your friends to a great meal!

Order Now!


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First Rehearsal Set for the 2013-14 Season

from the Mt. Airy News

 VOCE Sets First Rehearsal

First performance set for October

 by By Keith Strange Staff Reporter

 Music lovers in the area can rest easy, as the area’s best-known vocal ensemble is set to kick off its 2013-2014 concert season, organizers announced this week.

Board member Mark Gillespie says VOCE will be having its first rehearsal of the season on Sept. 9, starting at 7 p.m., at the Scout Hut behind the First Presbyterian Church in Mount Airy. The group will rehearse on Mondays at 7 p.m.
Gillespie says the first rehearsal is open to anyone who would like to participate.

“We welcome anyone who wants to come and try out, whether they’re new or former members,” he said. “If people want to come and audition, we’re open for anything. We’re treating this first rehearsal as sort of a newbie night.
“All former, current and new members are invited to participate,” Gillespie added. “It is not a requirement that you are able to read music or have a classically-trained voice to sing with VOCE. We are looking for the most talented and diverse musicians our area has to offer.”

VOCE was established in 2002 by the late Master Musician Sandy Beam, who died in February 2011.
And once again this year, one of Beam’s students will be leading VOCE.

After Beam’s passing, Patti Miller Fulk assumed the position of VOCE artistic director. Fulk studied with Beam from the first grade until graduation from North Surry High School. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in music from Mars Hill College, and retired as a music teacher in the Surry County schools.
Gillespie said this year’s selections will be more varied than in the past.

“Historically, VOCE has performed mostly classical, sacred and Broadway-type music,” he said. “Fulk has added selections from a wide variety of musical styles to expand and enhance our repertoire. As a result, VOCE had its most successful concert season and largest attendance last year under her direction.”
This year, the ensemble’s first performance will be in October, when the group performs music from Motown featuring Mount Airy resident and internationally-renowned vocalist Melva Houston.

“We are hoping for our most exciting and successful concert season this year,” Gillespie said. “We have the area’s most talented and committed group of musicians, a very active board of directors, increasing support from the community and a diverse collection of music that will appeal to most anyone who attends a performance.”
Anyone interested in becoming a member of the group, or anyone wishing to donate to the non-profit, can call Gillespie at 789-2035.

Reach Keith Strange at or 719-1929.



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Archives– Sandy Beam Remembered

From the Winston-Salem Journal JournalNow Staff

Music Briefs: Sandy Beam honored at Andy Griffith Museum


The Andy Griffith Museum will pay tribute to Sandy Beam, a Surry County music legend, at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Andy Griffith Museum, 218 Rockford St., Mount Airy.

Patti Miller Fulk will serve as mistress of ceremonies, and Mark Gillespie and Melva Houston are scheduled to appear.

Tickets are $10. Proceeds benefit the Sandy Beam Scholarship Foundation.

For information and to make a contribution, call (336) 786-7998. To buy tickets, visit the Andy Griffith Playhouse at the museum or see

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Voce Christmas Concert 2011


December 10, 2011

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Holiday concert set tonight

Internationally known vocalist Melva Houston will be the guest at this year’s VOCE Christmas concert, organizer Mark Gillespie said recently.The concert is set for 7 p.m., tonight at First Baptist Church.  For this year’s event, VOCE, Surry County’s premier choral ensemble, will be presenting “Holiday Favorites: Yours, Mine and Ours!”

This year will also feature a new face in front of the ensemble.  Patti Miller Fulk will be making her debut as the choir’s artistic director. Fulk studied under the late Sandy Beam throughout her school years, and holds a degree in music education from Mars Hill College.

In addition, there will be a new accompanist for the choir this year, Gillespie said.  Will Green, a sophomore at East Wilkes High School, will be playing accompanying piano for the performance.  Gillespie said the annual holiday concert is a performance eagerly awaited by the community.

“VOCE traditionally has performed mostly classical, sacred and Broadway-style music,” he said. “Even though we will continue to include select works from each genre, we are also including more familiar pieces in order to entertain a larger audience. There will be something for everyone to enjoy.”  Tickets for tonight’s performance are $10, and can be purchased at the door.

A reception will follow the concert in the church’s fellowship hall.

VOCE is a community vocal group established in 2002 by the late Sandy Beam.

“It was his dream to provide Surry County’s most talented musicians with a platform to showcase their talents and perform some of the world’s finest and most popular music,” Gillespie said.

The non-profit organization depends on the community for financial support, and anyone interested can contact Gillespie at 336-789-2035 or via email at Contributions can also be sent to VOCE, 523 Broad Street, Apt. E, Mount Airy, N.C., 27030

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