At Vocal Coalition (VOCO), we know you’d love to build a Colorado community that can live and work together with mutual respect and understanding. The problem is we tend to get stuck in our own perspectives and close ourselves off to the experiences of others. That closing off makes us feel trapped in the way things are, and even discouraged to try to make them better.

Deep down, we know we don’t have to stay stuck here.

Music gives us a safe and meaningful way to acknowledge how much we are alike while honestly exploring experiences that have shaped our perspectives to be very different. That’s why we created VOCO, a youth choir that brings Colorado students of all identities and local musicians of all genres together to build bridges across cultural divides. With support from individual donors, Bonfils-Stanton Foundation, Denver Arts and Venues and more, VOCO is bringing people together like no other choir has ever done before.

Let’s stop digging trenches around ourselves. Let’s find ways to work and live better together. Let’s let music lead the way.

One Love,

Travis Branam
Founder/Leader, Vocal Coalition

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HOW IT WORKS

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Vocal Coalition currently works across Central Colorado through our three Alliances: The Student Alliance choir, the Artistic Alliance, and the School Alliance (learn more below).

Generally speaking, we work with students and performing artists both in and out of schools in two- month cycles that culminate in a large community concert that bring communities together.

Each cycle consists of:

  • Community Design Team meetings

  • In-school and out-of-school rehearsals

  • Discussions that bridge cultural divides

  • Impactful interaction and collaboration with Colorado artists

  • A culminating performance


The Student Alliance (our choir) is made up of student leaders who want to engage music to bring Colorado communities together. They lead the Vocal Coalition Community Design Team and perform in the culminating concerts for each cycle.


The School Alliance is comprised of music educators who believe Vocal Coalition aligns with the values of their school community and with Colorado State Music Education Standards. Schools in the School Alliance join Coalition concert events of their choosing, and can even co-create their own event with us.

The Artistic Alliance is made up of Colorado artists in any musical genre who want to share their music and culture through Vocal Coalition. Artistic Alliance members serve as mentors and guides to Vocal Coalition students.