Mission - Voices of OmahaMission

The mission of Voices of Omaha is to present an annual performance of Handel’s Messiah without admission charge as a gift to the community.  Voices of Omaha is committed to development of a diverse audience and chorus membership by maintaining relevance in the present, and nurturing musicians of all ages to assure an audience and chorus for the future.


Voices of Omaha gave its first performance of Handel’s Messiah on December 14, 1969, in the Omaha Civic Auditorium. The concert was directed by the late Leota Sneed Strong. Since then, the chorus has been conducted by artistic directors:

Two charter members sing with the choir: Sharon Struve and Gloria Taber.

The concert is a gift to the community with no admission charge. Therefore, Chorus members pay dues, hold fundraisers, and even pay for the poinsettias on stage. The audience assists by participating in a free-will offering. Additional funding is provided generously by:

50 Years of Excellence

Voices of Omaha recently celebrated 50 years of annual performances!  See our article in the Omaha World Herald.

Sing in the Chorus

Chorus membership is open to all members of the community. No audition is required. Complete information about singing with Voices of Omaha is downloadable in English and Spanish. Advance registration opens each August!

Voices of Omaha is a proud member of:

Mission-Nebraskans for the Arts