Urban Voices Project brings the healing power of music directly to individuals disenfranchised by homelessness, mental health issues and unemployment. Community singing and music education combine to provide practical opportunities for individuals to transcend their current circumstances and participate in a creative program of positive change. Composed of artists and performers from the Skid Row neighborhood in Downtown Los Angeles, this project is presented by The Colburn School and John Wesley Health Centers (JWCH Institute) to bring music, health & well-being, and community to one of the largest homeless neighborhoods in the United States.
The Urban Voices Project: A Skid Row Choir serves as a “bridge” to the Wesley’s health and wellness services for our homeless. Through music education, musical workshops, and a performing ensemble, the Urban Voices Project continues to share music and its healing power with many individuals and audiences inside and outside the neighborhood of Skid Row.
Colburn School teaching artist, Leeav Sofer, directs the project assisted by his team, Christopher Mack, and Kate Richards Geller. The Urban Voices Project has found recognition in the front page of the LA Times and was featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. Urban Voices Project has had the privilege to collaborate with Street Symphony’s Annual Messiah Project, as well as LA Opera’s Annual Community Festival performances. The choir was also honored to sing for the inauguration of Kathryn Barger, the 5th District chair of the Board of Supervisors of Los Angeles County.