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VoiceBox is a weekly public radio and podcast series all about the human voice and the best of the vocal music scene. 

An independent project launched under the auspices of KALW 91.7 FM San Francisco in January 2010 and now available on several stations throughout California as well as via a free weekly podcast on iTunes (search for 'kalwvoicebox'), VoiceBox seeks to highlight and contextualize the work of singers, songwriters and vocal music experts from across a wide range of backgrounds, while stimulating in-depth, high quality discussion about the human voice and encouraging listeners to both broaden their musical horizons and participate in singing activities of their own. 

To find out more about VoiceBox, please visit www.voicebox-media.org. 

Each hour-long, thematically-organized show in the VoiceBox series is dedicated to exploring a particular vocal music topic. Some of our favorite shows from recent months include the art of opera translation, singing ventriloquists (Yes! On the radio!) and the relationship between singing and surfing. The programs feature in-depth discussion with invited guests illustrated by an electric range of relevant audio clips. 

The show is created and hosted by Chloe Veltman, a British-raised, San Francisco-based arts journalist and passionate amateur singer. A former culture correspondent for the New York Times and contributor to publications like The Los Angeles Times, BBC Classical Music Magazine, American Theatre Magazine, Dwell and The Believer, Chloe is currently a John S Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University and is about to embark upon another fellowship at Stanford for the 2012-2013 academic year with the Humanities Center, where she will be working on a book about singing.

To find out more about Chloe, please visit www.chloeveltman.com. 

The series producer of VoiceBox is Seth Samuel.  
 

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Caption: Meredith Axelrod
Singer and early vocal recordings champion Meredith Axelrod chats about the vocalists who pioneered recorded sound technologies in the early twenti...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Richard Michos, Riffat Sultana, and Sukhawat Ali Khan., Credit: Chloe Veltman
Vocalists Riffat Sultana and Sukhawat Ali Khan, siblings who come from a lauded lineage of Pakistani singers (their father is the Pakistani musical...

  • Added: Mar 16, 2013
  • Length: 58:58
Caption: Laurie Rubin
Acclaimed mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin discusses what it takes to lead a successful career as a singer when you're blind and how other sight-impaired...

  • Added: Mar 16, 2013
  • Length: 58:58
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Prerna Gupta, a vocalist and the Chief Product Officer of Smule, a startup that creates digital tools for singers like Songify and AutoRap, talks a...

  • Added: Mar 04, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Cantus
Aaron Humble and Adam Reinwald, who sing with Cantus, one of only two full-time professional men’s choruses in the country, share their thoughts ab...

  • Added: Mar 04, 2013
  • Length: 57:58
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Randall Kline, director of the San Francisco Jazz Organization (SFJAZZ), and jazz vocalist Tiffany Austin, discuss what the launch of San Francisco...

  • Added: Jan 23, 2013
  • Length: 57:59
Caption: The Scream, Credit: Edvard Munch
Voice Speech pathologist and American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) member Sarah Schneider, 'scream' coaching expert Melissa Cross and...

  • Added: Jan 07, 2013
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston's "It Takes Two"
Husband and wife vocal artists Nicki and Tim Bluhm talk about what it takes to sing and live as a duo and explore the history of famous duetting co...

  • Added: Dec 14, 2012
  • Length: 58:59
Caption: Ken Malucelli and Tim Lewis, Credit: Chloe Veltman
Ken Malucelli, a carol composer and the director of The Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers, a nationally-franchised caroling group, and jazz musician /...

Bought by KRPS and KISU


  • Added: Dec 11, 2012
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
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Transgendered vocalists Eli Conley and Ashey Moore talk about how singers can successfully negotiate the shift from singing as a male to singing as...

  • Added: Nov 30, 2012
  • Length: 59:00
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Bob Dylan’s voice has been compared to sandpaper and described as "a catarrhal death rattle." Blues music aficionado Devon Strolovitch discusses th...

Bought by WKMS


  • Added: Nov 27, 2012
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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Lara Downes, a renowned pianist and the artistic director of the Mondavi Center Young Artists’ Competition which this year focuses on vocal perform...

  • Added: Nov 12, 2012
  • Length: 57:59
Caption: singing canditates
VoiceBox host Chloe Veltman and composer & arts blogger Brian Rosen explore election season songs and the history of presidential candidates’ singi...

  • Added: Oct 17, 2012
  • Length: 58:00
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College a cappella experts Charlie Forkish, Bill Hare, Deke Sharon, Mickey Rapkin and Will Tarpeh exchange thoughts on the current state of the boo...

  • Added: Jul 11, 2012
  • Length: 58:01
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Peter Varshavsky of Porto Franco Records and Avi Ehrlich of Springman Records present a candid view of the highs and lows of running a record label...

  • Added: Jul 11, 2012
  • Length: 58:01
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Venezuelan vocalist Jimmy Kansau takes listeners on a journey through the music of early to mid 20th century Latin America and the Caribbean.

  • Added: Jul 11, 2012
  • Length: 59:01
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Stanford music professor Jesse Rodin discusses the luminous polyphonic style of the great Renaissance composer Josquin des Prez and what it means t...

  • Added: Jul 11, 2012
  • Length: 58:01
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n Hawaiian Hula, singing and dancing going hand in hand. Join Patrick Makuakane, director of Na Lei Hulu I Ka Wekiu, a hula school and performance ...

  • Added: Jul 11, 2012
  • Length: 58:01
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VoiceBox celebrates Woody Guthrie's centennial birthday with conversation and song when Peter Glazer, professor of Performance Studies at the Unive...

  • Added: Jul 11, 2012
  • Length: 59:01
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The art of opera translation is subtle yet crucial. Get it right, and the audience feels like they’re experiencing the work with as much richness a...

  • Added: May 25, 2012
  • Length: 58:01