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The Symphony Tacoma Voices (STV) is a diverse chorus, a blend of gifted amateurs from all walks of life, music teachers and professional musicians. The “Voices” meet once per week throughout the season, preparing numerous collaborations with Symphony Tacoma, their annual Messiah performance, and a yearly standalone concert. In addition to their music rehearsals, they serve in various volunteer positions throughout the Symphony Tacoma organization.

STV travels often internationally, and we are pleased to announce that we are on our way to Portugal and Spain in July 2023! We have been selected to sing at the opening concert of a year-long celebration of modern choral music, Festival of New Music (FENOMUS), in Lousā, Portugal. The choir will travel on a concert tour to Spain and Portugal ending at the festival. While there, they will present two concerts: one featuring recent American compositions, and one that will present Portugal’s premiere of composer Eugenio Rodriguez’s work, Eres (Tudo).

Locally, we are excited to present two chorus concerts this spring. First, on March 24, we welcome the Tacoma Youth Chorus and conductor Judy Herrington (also an STV member) in a heart-warming, multi-generational concert. A Tacoma treasure, TYC will present some of their spring concert repertoire as well as intermingle with the STV to blend voices ages 8 to 80!

For our final program of the year on June 10, we will present a collage of modern masterpieces by American composers. We will sing a rich collection of works by Tacoma’s Brian Galante, beloved composers Jake Runestad and Matthew Hazzard, early American songs and audience favorites.

The word amateur means “lover,” or connoisseur. Their productions document the dedication, hard work, and love that makes your Symphony Tacoma Voices such a special group of amateurs. We are so pleased to bring this concert season to you!

Geoffrey Boers, Conductor

Dr. Geoffrey Boers has been conductor of the Symphony Tacoma Voices since 2002. He is also the Ruth Sutton Waters Endowed Professor of Music at the University of Washington in Seattle. There he leads the choral studies program which consists of three faculty, a cohort of fourteen in-residence graduate conductors and seven choirs. He conducts the UW Chamber Singers who have collaborated with local and nationally renown artists to present concerts of distinction.

Dr. Boers travels extensively for conducting and teaching engagements. He has written a ground-breaking literacy rubric which is being adopted by ACDA and NAfME, the national choral and music education organizations in the United States, as well as in Canada, where it will be appearing in a newly written French edition.

Amy Elizabeth Boers, Collaborative Artist

Amy Boers is well known for her work as a pianist, accompanist, singer and conductor, giving her keen insights as a collaborative artist. She was named Principal Pianist for Symphony Tacoma in 2018 and has been a collaborative artist with the Symphony Tacoma Voices for many years. She also works with Pacific Lutheran University where she coaches and performs with both vocalists and instrumentalists.

2022-2023 Symphony Tacoma Voices

SOPRANO
Sibyl Adams
Mikaela Alger
Elizabeth Berndt
Chantel Dozier
Bianca Filiss
Catherine Graham
Madison Hamilton
Colby Handley
Melanie Hangca
Doreen Hodgkins
Stephanie Houghton
Lindsay Hovey
Alicia Johnson
Janine Keat
Jenn Kinney
Denise Lees
Sophia Lucero
Laura Ludwig
Melissa McMillan
Mar Oneppo
Karen Patjens
Isabella Pettis-Infante
Paige Silva
Anne Slaughter
Carmen Soest
Katja Whelan
Jinshil Yi
ALTO
Katie Adams
Rebecca Anderson
Anna Balzarini
Heidi Bone
LeeAnne Campos
Meghan Courtney
Katie Elshire
Liz Fortenbery
Ellen George
Jennifer Guadnola
Judith Herrington
Andrea Klouse
Coni Liljengren
Amanda Mackey
Doreen Milward
Maribeth Moore
Ruth Mueller
Erin Oliver
Kerstin Shaffer
Lauren Stenerson
Karla Stoermer
Sharon Stritzel
Cara Swenson
Katie Tuite
Kristy Woodbridge
TENOR
Denny Davenport
Barry Johnsrud
David Kerr
Liam Kerscher
Kyle Laird
Colin McNamara
Steve Moon
David Olson
Michael Sederquist
Jon Shaffer
Dan Skelley
Eric Stenerson
Bass Van Soest
Kyle Yeversky
BASS
Andrew Austin
Jonathan Courtney
Bernard Crouse
Scott Donaldson
Kent Edmonds
Nicholas Hall
Kevin Hovey
Ed Jacobs
Josh Johnson
Reid McMillan
Richard Nace
Erik Peohlman
Benjamin Rogers
Reinhold Schuetz
Kenneth Schwartz
Rafe Wadleigh
David Weir
Scott Wood
Tim Wrye
Mark Yeary

Interested in Singing with the Symphony Tacoma Voices?

While our personnel is set for this season, we encourage you to let us know of your interest.

First, tell us about your experience and interests by completing our STV questionnaire below.

Next, please be our guest at an STV audition meet-up, where we can meet in person, you can watch and participate in an upcoming rehearsal and get a glimpse of the choir, the community, and our work together. We hold two meet-ups, one in the fall and one in the spring.

Finally, if you are interested in joining the group, come to our next audition date.

Fall Meet-up Rehearsal
Monday, December 5, 2022
7 pm
First United Methodist Church
Come in, introduce yourself to anyone and they will help you meet our leadership and find me.

Upcoming Audition
Monday, January 9, 2023
5 – 7 pm
First United Methodist Church
We will send out an audition invitation before that time and ask you to verify your participation.

I look forward to meeting you!

Sincerely,

Geoffrey Boers
Conductor, Symphony Tacoma Voices

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Have you ever held a position of leadership in an organization, choral or otherwise?
Would you be interested in a role of leadership (section leader, committee membership)?
Are you willing/able to volunteer for special projects of STV or Symphony Tacoma?