The WFMT Radio Network

WFMT Radio Network

The WFMT Radio Network


Genre: Vocal Music
Length: 1 hour
Frequency: Weekly
Delivery: PRX / audio file sent directly by show producer
Breaks: Two
Host & Executive Producer: Chloe Veltman
Producer: Seth Samuel
General Manager, KALW: Matt Martin
Social Networking & Editorial Manager: Victoria Lim
Development Director: Greta Boesel
VoiceBox Advisory Council: Deke Sharon, Frederica von Stade, Jeremy Faust, Karen Ames, Ken Grant, Marc Vogl, Matt Martin, Matthew Scherb, Mickey Butts

Celebrating the Art of Song

VoiceBox is a weekly public radio and podcast series dedicated to exploring the art of singing 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 ('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.

VoiceBox capitalizes upon the tremendous popularity of vocal music in the United States and beyond.

According to a recent study by Chorus America, an estimated 32.5 million adults regularly sing in choruses today, up from 23.5 million in 2003. There are more than 500 choral groups in the Bay Area alone and more than one in five households nationwide have at least one singing family member, making choral singing the most popular form of participation in the performing arts for both adults and children. In recent years, singing has lately become the subject of a number of mainstream television shows such as American Idol, The Sing-Off, Smash, The Voice and Glee.

Yet despite the great artistic, social and health benefits of singing and its popularity among specific sectors of the population, there seems to be no place for people who love listening to vocal music or participating in singing activities to go to get focused, contextual reflection about their passion.

In response to this woeful state of affairs in the media and the public’s obvious passionate engagement with singing, VoiceBox aims to celebrate vocal music artists in the same intelligent, wide-ranging and in-depth manner as Terry Gross and Michael Krasny, highlight authors, filmmakers and other cultural figures on national and Bay Area public radio respectively.

Each hour-long, thematically-organized show in the VoiceBox series is dedicated to exploring a particular vocal music topic such as why we sing, children’s choruses, singing and neuroscience, transgendered singers, fach, vocal music of the Indian subcontinent, yodeling, Kurt Weill, duetting couples, and hip-hop artists who sing as well as rap. The project also aims to reach broader audiences through the development of an accompanying podcast series and web portal.

About VoiceBox host & executive producer, Chloe Veltman

VoiceBox host and executive producer Chloe Veltman is a British, San Francisco-based singer and arts journalist. Chloe has contributed articles to many media organizations including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, American Theatre Magazine, The Guardian, BBC Classical Music Magazine, Gramophone Magazine and WQXR. She served as the associate producer of - and a script-writer for - the radio component of NPR's latest Keeping Score classical music documentary series, and as the resident dramaturg for the Berkeley Symphony. Chloe is a recipient of a 2012-2013 Humanities Center Fellowship at Stanford University where she is currently at work on a book about vocal music culture in the US. Previously, she was a 2011-2012 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow, also at Stanford University. Chloe sings mezzo-soprano with the 14-member Convivium vocal ensemble and the a cappella quintet Full Fathom Five. Chloe's daily arts blog, "lies like truth," can be found at

For more information, please contact Chloe Veltman at 415.608.0133, email:

Broadcast Schedule — Winter 2013

Please Note: These programs are subject to change.

For past program listings, please go to:

RELEASE: January 4, 2013

TITLE: The Art of Screaming

Voice Speech pathologist and American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) member Sarah Schneider, 'scream' coaching expert Melissa Cross and thrash metal singer Steve Souza (Hatriot, Dublin Death Patrol, Exodus, Legacy/Testament) chat about the physical risks of screaming and how artists who have to raise their voices on a regular basis can do so safely.

RELEASE: January 11, 2013

TITLE: Weill’s Voices

Stanford Music Professor Stephen Hinton discusses the vocal music of Kurt Weill and the singers who have helped to seal the German composer’s reputation over decades. (Re-run: show first aired on February 24, 2012)

RELEASE: January 18, 2013

TITLE: All That Jazz

Randall Kline, director of the San Francisco Jazz Organization (SFJAZZ), and jazz vocalist Tiffany Austin, discuss what the launch of San Francisco’s new jazz center, the country’s only free-standing building dedicated to jazz in the United States, will mean for vocal artists.

RELEASE: January 25, 2013

TITLE: There’s an App for That

Prerna Gupta, a vocalist and the CEO of Khush, a startup that creates digital tools for singers like Songify and AutoRap, talks about how the latest apps for smartphones and tablets are changing the way singers approach their craft.

RELEASE: February 1, 2013

TITLE: It’s Reigning Men

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 about the culture of the male singing voice in the United States and elsewhere and how they promote singing to young people, especially boys.

RELEASE: February 8, 2013

TITLE: It Takes Two, Baby

To get us in the mood for Valentine’s Day, husband and wife vocal artists Nicki and Tim Bluhm talk about duetting couples and what it’s like to share the mic with the person with whom you share love, laughs and laundry responsibilities. (Re-run: show first aired on December 14, 2012.)

RELEASE: February 15, 2013

TITLE: Singing Without Sight

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 vocalists such as Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Andrea Bocelli have made world-class names for themselves in a world that's so deeply vision-oriented.

RELEASE: February 22, 2013

TITLE: Renaissance Man

Stanford music professor Jesse Rodin discusses the luminous polyphonic style of the great Renaissance composer Josquin des Prez and what it means to truly “know” a piece of Renaissance vocal music. (Re-run: show first aired on April 27, 2012.)

RELEASE: March 1, 2013

TITLE: Vocal Music from the Indian Subcontinent

Vocalist Riffat Sultana, who comes from a lauded lineage of Pakistani singers, (her father is the Pakistani musical icon Ustad Salamat Ali Khan) discusses the rich vocal culture and history of the Indian subcontinent, including Sufi, Geet, Ghazal, Filmi, Qawwali, and Light Classical musics.

RELEASE: March 8, 2013

TITLE: DIY Songs for Kids

Erin Bregmann of the Little Opera Company, a San Francisco-based organization that creates operas from scratch with grade school students, Elliott Gann, the founder of the children’s hip-hop beat-making project Today’s Future Sound, and Graham Welch, a professor of music education at The University of London and a major force behind the UK’s Sing Up! Initiative to inculcate singing in schools, talk about why vocal music education matters and off-the-beaten track ways to get kids participating.

RELEASE: March 15, 2013

TITLE: Rapper’s Delight

Melissa Czarnik, an emcee from Milwaukee chats about the musicality of rap and how some hip-hop artists are often as much singers as they are spoken word artists. (Re-run: show first aired on January 20, 2012.)

RELEASE: March 22, 2013

TITLE: Lessons From The Greats

Cariwyl Hebert, the founder of the Bay Area-based classical music listening organization Salon 97, considers what the composers of great classical vocal works can teach today’s entrepreneurs about productivity and creativity.

RELEASE: March 29, 2013

TITLE: Street Stage

Urban designers John Matthew Francis and Ross Hansen, the creative forces behind a new kind of mobile street performance platform that can be assembled out of the back of a van in less than an hour, discuss how giving vocalists a dedicated space to sing on is changing the nature of the interactions between street performers, audiences and the environment.