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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Voce Choral Ensemble

 VOCE (Italian word meaning voice) is an auditioned civic choral ensemble based in Mount Airy, NC, which performs choral literature from all the major style periods.The goal of VOCE is to provide outstanding concerts for the education and enjoyment of our audiences, and to provide life-long singing opportunities for our members. Many of the singers are from Mount Airy, NC; however some commute from as far away as Kernersville and North Wilkesboro in NC and the Galax and Hillsville areas in southwestern VA. The singers include music professionals, extensively-trained vocalists, and others who simply love singing. Ages range from high school to senior citizens. VOCE was founded in 2002 by Sandy Beam. When Beam passed away, he left a legacy of talent and countless hours of quality performances.The current director is Patti Miller Fulk who is a former student of Beam’s and is carrying on the tradition of excellence in assuming the baton as Director of VOCE. VOCE is by audition only and meets Monday evenings at Calvary Baptist Church in Mount Airy, NC from 7:00 to 9:00 September to May.

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