Voices in the Laurel is a Haywood County based non-profit choir for young people ranging from 1st grade through 12th grade from Haywood, Buncombe, Jackson, Macon, and Swain counties under the direction of Martha Brown.  Voices in the Laurel is an authentic program that focuses on providing young people quality choral education in fun and innovative ways.  

Who we are...

Founded in 1996 by Martha Weathers Brown, Voices in the Laurel seeks to help children develop healthy singing habits through rehearsals which focus on teamwork and leadership, and by introducing choristers to the history, culture, and language of the music they sing.

We strive to push the boundaries of typical musical education by teaching not only sound musical principles and musical excellence, but by also learning foundational lessons in discipline, leadership, team work, and good citizenship.  We encourage exposure to music from many cultures and languages, including but certainly not limited to French, Spanish, German, Italian, Swahili, Yiddish, Romanian, Cherokee, and more.

We have an established record of performing with local, regional, and international groups, as well as some celebrities.  Over the years we have performed with such notable names as:

  • Dolly Parton

  • Ronnie Millsap

  • Nneena Freelon

  • Sutton Foster

  • UNC Asheville Choir

  • Blue Ridge Orchestra

  • Haywood Community Chorus

We also maintain regular relationships with and participate in yearly performances at the Biltmore Estate's yearly Candlelight Christmas Evenings, and we sing the National Anthem at a least one Atlanta Braves game every year.

In an effort to provide children with once in a lifetime experiences in musical performance, we also have traveled all over the US and the world in our yearly summer tours.  For more information on those tours, please visit our "Past Tours" page.

What we sing...

  • Renaissance and classical pieces (a little Handel, a little Mozart)

  • Jazz and folk songs

  • World music (we've sung in over 36 languages and dialects so far!)

  • A cappella (from Palestrina to Pentatonix)

  • Early American, spiritual, and Gospel music

  • Broadway, film, and popular music


Why we sing...

We sing to make this world a more peaceful and beautiful place, and BECAUSE IT'S FUN!

How our choir is grouped...


(No audition required)

Grades 1-2

Mondays from 4:00-4:45 p.m.


(Membership by audition)

Grades 3-5

Mondays from 4:45-6:00 p.m.


(Membership by audition)

Grades 6-12

Mondays from 6:15-7:45 p.m.

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