The well-regarded Midcoast a cappella group VoXX: Voice of Twenty is actively seeking experienced choral singers in all voice parts, especially low bass and soprano. Auditions will be held in August and early September for the 2013-2014 performing year; concerts will be in mid-January and June/July 2014. Rehearsals are held Wednesdays from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church on Chestnut Street. For more information and to fill out an application, visit

VoXX is unusual in that it is self-run. Various members take turns teaching and leading pieces; singers are encouraged to be involved in the music selection process if they so wish; and all members pitch in to help run the group. Members come together from all walks of life to prepare and perform a wide-ranging repertoire.

VoXX singers enjoy the challenges of unusual, a cappella vocal music; more familiar works by such renowned composers as Byrd, Dufay, Josquin, Monteverdi and Palestrina also form a large part of the group’s wide-ranging repertoire. While the focus is on early music, VoXX enjoys performing settings by contemporary composers such as Barber, Britten, Duruflé, Lauridsen, Pärt, Poulenc, Tavener and Whitacre. The upcoming January concerts are built around a theme of Mary, Mother and Child and will feature Tomas Luis de Victoria’s “Ave Maria,” Francis Poulenc’s “O Magnum Mysterium” and Herbert Howell’s “A Spotless Rose,” among other works.

While VoXX performs mainly on the Midcoast, the group has sung at many venues around Maine from Merrill Auditorium and the Irish Heritage Center in Portland to St. Denis Catholic Church in Whitefield and the Blue Hill Congregational Church.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or