About Us

A lot has changed since Voices of Hope launched its first winter opera fundraiser in 2007. Back then, our concert brought together three singers and 300 guests in a high school auditorium. We were thrilled to raise $4,000.

By the time we closed the curtain on our most recent gala, we’d grown and raised over $27,000 for MCC’s Education Programs program, which works to enhance community-based educational programs for children and young adults in more than 40 countries worldwide.

We believe that sharing our passion for great music can genuinely make a difference for kids worldwide. The world-class professional opera singers who participate, volunteer their time and their talent for the cause. In fact, everyone involved in the project volunteers their time and expertise. Thank you!

As we evolve, we believe we will continue to create an extraordinary cultural event—one that will be a gem for the local community even as it raises thousands of dollars to help transform young lives throughout the world. It’s world-class music for a world-class cause.

  • Voices of Hope is a not-for-profit organization with a twofold purpose: To share our passion for music, and to do so in a way that helps transform young lives through education.
    • Voices of Hope founder and artistic director:  Madeline Bender
    • Music director:  Timothy Long
    • Stage director: Carolyn Black-Sotir
    • Planning Committee: Gina Breslin, Jeane’ Hershey, Patrick Leaman, Joyce Haller