In their duo-voice project Golden Organ, Margaret McNeal and Stephanie Lavon Trotter use voice to compose within the multiplicity of textures and timbre, with and without electronics, to expel and transform stories, shared in sounds, song, and text.

This work and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own plays within the art form of ‘opera’ as an immersive, multi-disciplinary presentation that inspires and influences dialogue. They ask how can we process grief and cultivate listening & empathy, as individuals and a collective? 


and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own
sound-based new performanceFriday & Saturday April 19 & 20, 2018, 8pm
Doors open 30 min. before showtime
$12-20 in advance
$16 at the door
Arts for All tickets available by emailing


and there was a new voice which you slowly recognized as your own is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.



Stephanie Lavon Trotter is a vocalist, improvisor, composer, and bodyworker. She uses her voice and Sound as a foundation for creating performative installations. Stephanie composes, and improvises with electronics and acoustically; in ensembles and solo. She is reclaiming Opera; forming its unknown contours into something her own. She holds a MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, and a B. Mus in Vocal Performance from Cornish College of the Arts. Stephanie provides vocal coaching, sound design, and performance production consultation for local performers and collaborators. She has worked with and learned from an array of artists and mentors.

Margaret McNeal is a Portland-based vocalist and multi-disciplinary creative. She holds a B. Mus. from Lawrence University Conservatory of Music (2016) where she eschewed operatic traditions in favor of cross-genre improvisation, multi-media performance, deep listening practices, and scholarly research into feminist theory and contemporary art. She later studied extended vocal techniques at France’s Roy Hart Centre and extermintal devised theatre with Parisian laboratory theatre Pantheatre.

electro-acoustic Vocal improviser-composer-performer, PWNW production assistant

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