Legal Voices of the LA Lawyers Philharmonic was founded by Music Director Gary S. Greene, Esq. to add singers to his esteemed orchestra. On April 30, 2011, Legal Voices held its first rehearsal. Three months later on July 30, 2011, the chorus debuted with the LA Lawyers Phil at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Consisting of more than 100 voices, Legal Voices gave a triumphant performance of the finale of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the Ode to Joy. Since then, they have performed major works annually at Disney Hall, including Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and countless Broadway and motion picture scores. In the fall of 2012, Greene appointed Jim Raycroft, a 30-year member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, to serve as Legal Voices’ third choral director.
The Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic is the umbrella organization for the LA Lawyers Phil, Legal Voices and Gary Greene, Esq. and His Big Band of Barristers. These musical groups are where lawyers, judges, law students and legal staff meet in harmony. The members include conservatory graduates, professional musicians and some hobbyists who are dusting off instruments they played in their youth. Others are harmonizing using their voices that are more commonly heard in courtrooms than on the concert stage. Nevertheless, the music that prevails. This organization is a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.