About VOCI

About "VOCI" - Voices of Canton, Inc.

VOCI has been performing opera, operettas, musicals, major works, madrigals and musical reviews for the public of greater Canton for 77 seasons.

Our Vision

Enriching community life through the best of choral arts.

Our Mission

To celebrate choral arts through performance, using the power of "many voices" as a catalyst within the community to educate, inspire, and unite.

Many Voices....One Passion

VOCI, meaning many voices in Italian, and pronounced VO-CHEE, is a 90 voice choir united by one passion.....singing.

VOCI's History

VOCI - Voices Of Canton, Inc. is a chorus of talented singers within the Stark County & contiguous counties that provides an opportunity for talented singers within the community to develop their vocal skills, while providing high quality entertainment to the community.

The existence of Voci is credited to the passion of one woman, Dorothy Kerst Davis, who after spending a summer at the Chautauqua Music Festival wanted to bring opera home to Canton, Ohio. With the support of the Director from Chautauqua Opera and Maestro Bimboni from the Julliard School, Dorothy persuaded Boris Goldovsky at that time, from Cleveland Institute of Music, to be their director. He had one contingency: Ms. Davis must have at least 14 trained singers to participate. With her passion and enthusiasm, Ms. Davis had 100 singers signed up for a long night of auditions.  However, in the Northern Ohio tradition, a blizzard prevented all but 20 to come and sing for Goldovsky. It was enough! And this fabulous conductor who later went on to conduct opera at the New England Conservatory of Music, Tanglewood, and finally was the commentator for the Saturday afternoon live Met Opera radio broadcasts, directed and conducted the first 5 opera productions of the Canton Civic Opera, later renamed Voices of Canton, Inc.