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

The “Voices” often travel internationally. Most recently, in 2019, members traveled to Carnegie Hall to sing with Director Geoffrey Boers in a performance of Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna. They also toured in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, where they were one of a few international choirs invited to participate in the UNESCO Heritage event Laulupidu, the Estonian National Song Celebration. There, they joined a choir of 30,000 singers and sang for an audience of over 100,000!

During this past season, the Symphony Tacoma Voices faithfully maintained its rehearsal, and performance, schedule. In the summer of 2020 the Voices released their first virtual choir video, The Lord is My Light, written and arranged by member Evin Lambert. In December they presented A Messiah for Our Time, a virtual presentation that combined solos and choruses from previous Messiah performances augmented by pictures submitted by Symphony Tacoma and Voices members, as well as audience members. In the spring of 2021 Voices members were able to meet in small groups—masked and socially-distanced. In four weeks they were able to create a three-song set we called How Can We Keep from Singing?, which once again was broadcast virtually.

The word amateur means “lover” or “connoisseur.” This past season—and these productions—document the dedication, hard work and love that makes YOUR Symphony Tacoma Voices such a special group of amateurs.

2021-2022 Symphony Tacoma Voices

SOPRANO
Sibyl Adams
Mikaela Alger
Kasey Eck
Catherine Graham
Melanie Hangca
Doreen Hodgkins
Stephanie Houghton
Lindsay Hovey
Alicia Johnson
Jenn Kinney
Suhyun Kwon
Denise Lees
Elizabeth Lu
Sophia Lucero
Laura Ludwig
Karen Patjens
Cathleen Read
Carmen Van Soest
Katja Whalen
Callie Willhoit
Jinshil Yi
ALTO
Katie Adams
Rebecca Anderson
Anna Balzarini
Heidi Bone
Katie Elshire
Liz Fortenberry
Ellen George
Caralie Greven
Jennifer Guadnola
Colby Handley
Judith Herrington
Lily Lee
Amanda Mackey
Tamiya Mickelson
Doreen Milward
Maribeth Moore
Ruth Mueller
Erin Oliver
Susan Rice
Kerstin Shaffer
Lauren Stenerson
Karla Stoermer
Cara Swenson
TENOR
Stephen Buchanan
Deryl Harter
Barry Johnsrud
Kyle Laird
Alexander Lundquist
Eliot Mickelson
Steve Moon
Tom Noble
David Olson
Jon Shaffer
Eric Stenerson
Bassione Van Soest
Kyle Yeversky
BASS
Andrew Austin
Bernard Crouse
Scott Donaldson
Kent Edmonds
Kevin Hovey
Ed Jacobs
Josh Johnson
Richard Nace
Reinhold Schuetz
Kenneth Schwartz
Chris Sousley
Rafe Wadleigh
David Weir
Scott Wood
Tim Wrye
Mark Yeary

 

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.