Voir dire

For New Music On the Point 2018 premiered by

Niki Johnson- Percussion

Colin McCall- Percussion

Anna Elder- Soprano

Elizabeth Gartman- Soprano

Robert Black- Bass

Voir dire - Niki Johnson (Percussion), Colin McCall (Percussion), Anna Elder (Soprano), Elizabeth Gartman (Soprano), Robert Black (Bass)
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Photo by Jordan Nelson

Program Note

Voir dire, from French to see to speak was translated by John Winter Jones as to speak the truth, is “the questioning of prospective jurors by a judge and attorneys in court. Voir dire is used to determine if any juror is biased and/or cannot deal with the issues fairly, or if there is cause not to allow a juror to serve.” (Legal Dictionary)


Voir dire is a theatrical piece for two sopranos, two percussionists, and a contrabass player. There are four sections: Epilogue, How to Get Out of Your Duty, Voir dire, and Prologue (And yes, Epilogue then Prologue is not a typo). This piece is based on real cases, personal experience as a selected juror for a criminal case, and field research.

Copyright © 2019 Michele Cheng.