Through a beautiful musical journey that uplifts the soul and through empowering workshops, we strive to instill hope, courage, strength and self-respect into children and young people impacted by trauma in a way that frees and empowers them to walk into a brighter future.
VOCALISE is an American charity founded in New York state in 2019. Our goal is to bring strength, hope, courage and self-respect to children who suffered from physical or psychological traumas so that they have greater chances to grow into mindful and loving adults, free from their past.
An accomplished opera singer, Anna Cley has always delighted in the power of music. Looking back on her childhood, she remembers fondly the days of dreamy circuses and shows that wildly inspired her creativity, imagination, and wonder at a young, impressionable age. Drawing from these experiences as an adult, Anna began to develop VOCALISE in order to bring this same sense of hope, courage and empowerment that she herself found in music to other people. She sought to merge her identity as a singer with her desire to help and heal those in need. In fact, a quote by the writer Frederick Buechner further cemented her dream: “Your vocation in life is where your greatest joy meets the world’s greatest need.”
As a result, she saw music as a universal tool to meet the need that existing organizations do not always fulfill: the need to discover one’s inner voice. Even the youngest of children have an idea of what is right and wrong, what they hope for, and ultimately what they dream about doing. However, our loud and fast world often steals our childlike intuition through a myriad of screens and noise. The result is a very difficult environment to find any real hope for the growth of these dreams, imaginative stories, unfiltered curiosities, or much needed healing from a past trauma.
VOCALISE seeks to meet this need through providing creative musical journeys that uplift the soul and enlighten the minds of both children and adults to breathe new life into these qualities. Through encouraging, strengthening and inspiring individuals through the power of music, VOCALISE strives to empower each one to walk into a brighter future filled with contagious hope and a new sense of self-respect.