Chloe Veltman

San Francisco-based arts journalist and broadcaster Chloe Veltman has contributed articles and reviews to The New York Times, BBC Classical Music Magazine, Gramophone, the Los Angeles Times, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal and many other media outlets. She is the host and executive producer of VoiceBox, a weekly, syndicated public radio and podcast series about the human voice, and blogs at

Chloe is spending the 2012-2013 academic year as a Humanities Center Fellow at Stanford University where she is working on a book about singing. For kicks, she plays the oboe and sings in various Bay Area orchestras, chamber groups and vocal ensembles.  

Follow Chloe on Twitter at @chloeveltman.

Chloe Veltman appears in the following:

Johnny Cash Takes A Stand: Looking Back On His Folsom Prison Performance

Friday, January 12, 2018

It has been 50 years since Cash recorded his legendary live album. At Folsom Prison boosted his then-flagging career and highlighted his efforts to reform the nation's penal system.


Trans Singer Performs For His Mother While On Tour With Gay Men's Chorus

Monday, November 13, 2017

The last time Joyce Arterberry heard her grown son sing, was when he was living as a little girl. Her son, Tom Kennard, is a transgender man who is part of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus on tour in the South.


The Star-Spangled Banner Verse You've Probably Never Heard

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

We only sing the first verse, but the national anthem actually has four. In the midst of the Civil War, poet Oliver Wendell Holmes penned yet another, which speaks to politically divisive times.


To Master Stage Fright, Practice Makes Imperfect OK

Friday, June 26, 2015

In the past, if Sara Solovitch tripped up while playing the piano she would get flustered and stop. Especially in front of an audience.

"I felt like I had to correct everything and each note had to be perfect," the Santa Cruz, Calif.-based author and pianist. But now, she can ...


A Japanese Singing Competition Blooms In Colorado

Saturday, January 24, 2015

At a Buddhist temple in downtown Denver, Junko Higdon is rehearsing a traditional song for one of the local Japanese community's biggest annual events.

Higdon is one of 30 amateur singers competing in two teams at this year's Kohaku Uta Gassen, which means, "red and white singing battle."

"White is ...


For 98-Year-Old Artist, Every Mural Must 'Be A New Adventure'

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Eric Bransby is one of the last living links to the great age of American mural painting. He studied with one of this country's most famous muralists — Thomas Hart Benton — and went on to create his own murals in prominent buildings across the west. The artist is now ...


Ann Southam's Beautiful and Unsettling Subtleties

Monday, May 20, 2013

The pianist Eve Egoyan performs five haunting piano solos by the late Canadian composer Ann Southam. Stream the full album this week. 

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Brooklyn Rider's White-Hot Walking Tour from Romania to Persia

Monday, April 29, 2013

"A Walking Fire," Brooklyn Rider’s new recording, expertly manages to draw on the folk music roots of Romania, Hungary and Persia in a way that feels authentic, fresh and kitsch-free.


Violist Nadia Sirota Puts the 'Rock' in 'Baroque'

Monday, March 25, 2013

Violist Nadia Sirota’s deeply engrossing new album puts the “rock” in “Baroque” with new works by Nico Muhly, Shara Worden, Daníel Bjarnason and more. Stream the entire album this wee...


'In Search of the Miraculous' Blends Spiritual Music from Ireland to Armenia

Monday, February 18, 2013

The spirit of George Gurdjieff infuses "In Search of the Miraculous," a crowd-pleasing new recording from the Irish concert promoter, Louth Contemporary Music Society. Stream the album in full this week.


A Vibrant Ceremony of Benjamin Britten Carols

Monday, December 31, 2012

The Christmas holiday may be in our rear-view mirrors but Britten's A Ceremony of Carols remains a wintery staple. A new recording captures the work’s ingenuity and narrative power.

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Oliver Knussen Strikes Cadences of Memorial and Elegy

Friday, December 14, 2012

Oliver Knussen’s recently released album of eight short works that have never been recorded before is swathed in the cadences of memorial and elegy. Stream the entire album in full for this week only.


The Volatile, Maverick Music of Michael Harrison

Monday, October 29, 2012

The word “maverick” is overused in the contemporary music world. But in the case of composer Michael Harrison and cellist Maya Beiser, the descriptor is deserved.


Celebrating the Female: The Choral Works of Imogen Holst

Monday, October 08, 2012

A new recording of Imogen Holst’s choral works provides a valuable introduction to an area of the musician's life that has until now been woefully neglected.

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Sing Out: Men With High Voices

Thursday, January 21, 2010

In the second installment of Sing Out, our series about singing, we look at male vocalists who hit the high notes. The very high notes. Today: we hear about male sopranos in opera and discuss an enduring controversy, the rock falsetto. Guests include Chloe Veltman, host and producer of Voicebox, ...

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