Our Friends & Partners
OUR PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS
Sirens of Gotham
Sirens of Gotham is Voices of Gotham's sister organization, and the New York City Chapter of Sweet Adelines International. Performing right in the heart of Manhattan, Sirens of Gotham is a fresh take on women's a cappella music. These ladies perform various genres ranging from classic standards and music theatre to contemporary pop.
The Barbershop Harmony Society
Voices of Gotham is a proud chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS), a 25,000 member international organization dedicated to the celebration of the grand American tradition of barbershop harmony. The BHS works to promote barbershop as an art form, enrich lives through a cappella singing, promote fellowship and friendship among people, and provide service to our communities.
Sweet Adelines International
Sweet Adelines International is a highly respected worldwide organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education, competition and performance. This independent, nonprofit music education association is one of the world's largest singing organizations for women.
Harmony Foundation International
Incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in 1959, Harmony Foundation International has lead the philanthropic programs of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Through generous gifts from members and others, the Foundation supports the many philanthropic efforts of the Society, including music camps and workshops for students and teachers, youth chorus and quartet sponsorship, adult leadership training, choral director and performance programs for our members, and donations of barbershop sheet music to schools nationwide.
Big Apple Chorus
The Big Apple Chorus (BAC) is our brother organization, and the Manhattan, New York Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS). Established in 1983, it has brought its unique interpretation of the barbershop harmony style to venues throughout the Tri-State area, and all over the world.
Matthew Beals – Director of Photography
Matthew Beals is a shooter of documentaries, television, commercials, and narrative films. Matthew is currently in production for his first feature film as director. He also recently completed the build for his post-production studio on a farm in Putnam County, NY. In 2009, Matthew produced, shot, and directed the documentary film The Power of the Peep. The film was featured on NBC News, CBS Sunday Morning, and in New York Times Magazine, and won Matthew the 2009 Food Filmmaker of the Year Award at the NYC Food Film Festival. Matthew also does sound design for film and theatre. In 2008, his theatre group The Interstellar Radio Company toured the country with the cult-favorite, indie pop group The Magnetic Fields, performing live sound plays for a sold out tour, including four at New York's historic Town Hall. He is also a lounge singer, and a proud member of Voices of Gotham. In addition to contributing his expertise as a filmmaker to VoG, Matthew also serves as Chorus Historian, and is a key stakeholder in VoG's Education & Historical Preservation projects, including our NYC Parks Department Barbershop Quartet Contest Revival Initiative. His work as a Director of Photography can be seen throughout the site. Voices of Gotham gives Matthew our highest recommendation.
Andrew Cortesi – Multimedia Content Developer
Andrew Cortesi is a designer, animator, editor, and producer for both audio and video, and has worked/interned in both New York and Los Angeles for Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Toy Box Entertainment, NBCUniversal, BrightLine, and University at Albany among others. He received his B.S. in Television Production from Ithaca College, and is currently the Multimedia Content Developer for the Instructional Design Department at Post University. He is a proud member of Voices of Gotham, and also serves as the video editor and animator for many of the videos you see throughout the site. Voices of Gotham gives him our highest recommendation. To inquire after how his expertise can meet your production needs, please contact him here.
Ariel Estrada – Communication Designer
Ariel Estrada is a professional actor, singer, producer, teaching artist, and activist for inclusion and diversity in the performing arts. He has performed on, Off, Off-Off-Broadway, and regionally; and on tv, commercials, and film. He is a member of the original cast of the 2014 FringeNYC Encore Award Winner The Imbible, which starred fellow VoG member and international correspondent on mixology Anthony Caporale, along with barbershop arrangements by VoG Arrangers' Lab composer Josh Ehrlich. As a producer, Ariel is a 2014 graduate of The Drama League's Commercial Theater Institute program Advanced Topics for Commercial Producers & Managers. In 2008, he founded Leviathan Lab, a not-for-profit creative studio for theatre, film, and online content. Leviathan Lab is a multi-year recipient of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council–Manhattan Community Arts Fund Award for Theatre for its work, most recently for Ghost Stories, a staged reading series of new short musicals inspired by Asian ghost stories, featuring Asian American composers and lyricists, an all Asian American cast, and direction by Tony Award-winner BD Wong (Broadway: M.Butterfly; TV & Film: Law & Order: SVU; Jurassic World). In 2012, Ariel served as Executive Producer on Leviathan Lab's short films Two Weeks and Yield. Two Weeks garnered several national awards, and was most recently designated as both an Official Selection, and nominee for Best Ensemble Cast, for the 2014 Asians on Film Festival in Hollywood, California. Yield was designated as an Official Selection of the 2014 Planet Connections Film Festival in New York City. Ariel is also a senior level print, media, and interactive designer with a multi-discipline background in sales, marketing, creative production, not-for-profit company development, performing arts, and communications. Ariel has served as a senior designer for Fortune 500 and Inc. 5000 companies, as well as for several performing arts organizations, including Voices of Gotham, Empire City Men's Chorus, and The People's Improv Theatre. He is a tenor with Voices of Gotham, and in 2009, served a term on its board as Chorus Manager/Member-at-Large. He currently serves on VoG's Executive Board as a Member-at-Large, contributing to its marketing team as its communication designer, and on its grants team as its grant writer. His design work can be seen throughout the site: he was the site's lead online architect and designer, and also serves as one of the site's associate content producers. His development work for VoG has helped to secure two consecutive Lower Manhattan Cultural Council–Manhattan Community Arts Fund Awards for Music for VoG's Harmony with Heart program (2013, 2014); VoG's first LMCC–Fund for Creative Communities Award for Music in support of VoG's 2014 season; and VoG's first New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Cultural Development Fund Award in support VoG's 2015 season.
Dave Roush – Videographer
Dave Roush is a teacher of Media Communication and Video Production at the Harry S. Truman High School in the Bronx, and a former lead with Voices of Gotham. His students are two-time winners of the Disney Get Reel With Your Dreams contest, and they were also nominated for a New York Emmy Award for their work on a student-produced television show, Open 2.0 at BronxNET Television. Roush’s program is in its sixth year, and this is the third year that his students are providing video production for Voices of Gotham. Voices of Gotham gives Dave our highest recommendation.
Dan Wright – Photographer
Dan Wright is an avid barbershop musician, and a professional photographer specializing in concerts, recitals, and live performances. He is currently enrolled in the B.S. in Music Education program at Hofstra University. He has taken many of the shots you see here on the site. Voices of Gotham gives Dan our highest recommendation. To inquire about booking him for a shoot, please contact him here.