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Voces Intimae

The sounds are many at the bottom of one's heart, Vague thoughts, the songs unsung are many; But they are perpetually suppressed With a monotonous anxiety of restless troubles. Its unwelcome force pushes hard, Though a heart has been fighting life for long, But life is loud like a whirlwind bowing pine trees, Like a murmur of streams, so the voice of the heart whispers. (Poem by Count Aleksei Konstantinovich Tolstoy (1817-1875); Art song by Sergei Vasil'yevich Rachmaninov (1873-1943) , "Jest' mnogo zvukov" , op. 26 no. 1 (1906). Translation from Russian to English copyright © by Yuri Mitelman)
Voces Intimae was founded in the Spring of 2005 to inspire the revival of Art Song in the North Texas region. Our mission is twofold: to sustain the art of the song recital via professional concerts and events and to promote the development of young emerging artists in this special repertoire through workshops and targeted recital opportunities.

Each season, Voces Intimae offers a series of exciting recitals with professional singers and pianists from throughout the Metroplex and further afield. Program themes are carefully designed to be stimulating, provocative and entertaining. We explore poets and composers from around the world, in songs from every era of the vocal art even into music of our time.

During an annual workshop weekend, esteemed clinicians will delve into a particular topic of focus to develop young singers and pianists studying at Texas universities and schools of music. Events during the workshop include a faculty recital, roundtables, interdisciplinary talks, and a series of master classes designed to bring out the potential in each participant. The weekend culminates in a celebratory recital featuring all participants.

Board of Directors
Riko Chandra, President and Founder
James Howard, Vice President and Acting Treasurer
Elizabeth Racheva, Ex-Officio
Ronald E. Moore
Don Porteus

Artistic Director
Elizabeth Racheva

Riko Chandra, Executive Director
Jonas Park, Graphic Art Direction
Michael Neely, Technology Consultant & Webmaster
Rose Huynh, Public Relations Manager
Quan Dang, Special Project and Logistics Manager

Advisory Board
Gina Browning
Richard Estes
Allan Glassman
Pamela King
Elvia Puccinelli
Arlene Shrut
Jeanine Thames
Virginia Dupuy

Voces Intimae
P.O. Box 192363
Dallas, TX 75219

For detailed information, please contact Riko Chandra at 214-335-3666
or send e-mail to

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The Wagner Society of Dallas
PO Box 25201
Dallas, TX 75225-0201


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Welcome to The Wagner Society of Dallas. You know, as Texans, we're bound to strive for being the biggest and best of all the Wagner groups in the world over.

My hope, in addition, is that we ensure your attendance and participation by offering an interesting, stimulating, and enjoyable array of meetings, recitals, and travel. Let us know if you have suggestions for future activities, and do make an effort to join in during the coming months with your membership, attendance, and above all joy of being with fellow Wagner aficionados.

Roger Carroll
President of the Wagner Society of Dallas

The Wagner Society of Dallas - Virginia R. Abdo and Dr. James T. Wheeler,

The Wagner Society of Dallas is devoted to furthering the enjoyment and appreciation of the music of Richard Wagner. The Dallas group is one of many Wagner Societies all over the world. It is a non-profit organization open to anyone who enjoys the works of Richard Wagner and who would like to participate in the Society’s activities.

The Wagner Society of Dallas has monthly meetings and programs which feature recitals, lectures, video screenings, receptions for opera singers and personalities, and trips to Wagner performances in other cities. We welcome music lovers who are already familiar with Wagner’s works as well as those who may want to become more knowledgeable about Wagner’s music.

Member Benefits include attendance at programs, our newsletter, discount on books and CD’s, advance notice of events and selected ticket services, receipt of the Membership Directory, ticket allotments to Bayreuth, and an active link with fellow Wagnerians throughout the world.


The Wagner Society of Dallas

PO Box 25201
Dallas, TX 75225-0201
(214) 363-6070

Virginia R. Abdo and
Dr. James T. Wheeler

email: WSD@

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copyright Edward P. Flaspoehler, JR

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Many Wagner Society of Dallas members fondly remember Sheila Jones Harms, who was an active member of the organization, and who presented many interesting programs and recitals over the years.

Now, WSD member Ed Flaspoehler has completed his biography of Sheila, called The Cold War Soprano: Memoirs of a Singer-Spy.

If you are interested in opera and fine singing, Sheila's biography will surely be of interest to you. Not only will you get an inside glimpse of what it takes to become an opera singer, and learn about the world of opera in Post- WWII Vienna, but, because Sheila and her husband Werner, were also CIA agents, you will get a look at the Cold War from a personal point of view.

You can get a copy of Ed's book on the internet at

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