The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice Expands into SUNY New Paltz

By Nicolas Quiroga

The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice (previously the Hudson Valley International Festival of the Voice) announced that it is in talks with SUNY New Paltz as a potential partner for a new location for the 2024 anniversary celebration not only to accommodate the audience but to expand the vocal arts and discover and develop new talent at the local level, primarily.

After thirteen years of presenting the Festival in Phoenicia, the decision has been made to make the transition to a new setting that is more comfortable and larger, with good public transportation and outdoor spaces. For this reason, “we have begun to explore a new place that can fulfill our mission and be able to deeply fulfill our community,” said María Todaro, Director, and Co-founder of the Festival.

Thanks to its renowned School of Fine and Performing Arts, SUNY New Paltz is an excellent venue. Its Ulster County location, like Phoenicia, offers a very good transition, as well as current attendees, volunteers, and patrons.

 New vocal talents have been developed to promote the human voice as an instrument of peace and artistic expression through representations in various genres of world-class vocal performances.

“New Paltz students will be able to interact with Festival artists, Directors, and an industry-recognized production team, plus hands-on tutorials. Updates will also be posted as the event and partnership develop,” said the Dean of the SUNY New Paltz School of Fine and Performing Arts, Jeni Mokren, in a press statement.