Voices of Fort Worth will kick off its 2019/2020 Season with an eclectic program spanning everything from Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen’s Even When He Is Silent, a moving piece set to text found written on a wall at a concentration camp after World War II, to the blusey, traditional African-American spiritual The Trumpet Sounds Within-A My Soul. This free performance will take place at First Christian Church in Arlington on Saturday, October 19 at 7 p.m.
Founded by the chair of the Texas Wesleyan University Music Department, Dr. Jerome Bierschenk, this a cappella chamber choir celebrated its seventh anniversary in May. Since its 2012 debut, VOICES has grown from a handful of Texas Wesleyan students and alumni to an ensemble that attracts talent from all over the Metroplex. One of Dr. Bierschenk’s goals for the group is to grow it to recognition not only in the DFW area but throughout the state of Texas. As the only ensemble of its kind in Fort Worth, the young chamber choir has already started collecting awards. In 2017 the ensemble was named as a semi-finalist in the American Prize for Choral Performance competition, and in 2016 VOICES had the honor of being the only community chorus chosen to perform at the Southwestern American Choir Directors Association Conference in Kansas City.
VOICES is comprised of approximately 24 singers, with only three voices per part. Dr. Bierschenk works tirelessly with his group to achieve a pure Renaissance tonal quality, prompting audience members to describe VOICES‘ sound as “heavenly,” “stunningly beautiful” and “absolutely breathtaking.” In addition to their acoustic excellence, venues are chosen carefully to enhance the overall experience for concert goers, serving up a feast for the eyes as well as the ears.
First Christian Church
910 S. Collins St.