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!
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 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.
Bass Van Soest
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
First United Methodist Church
Come in, introduce yourself to anyone and they will help you meet our leadership and find me.
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!
Conductor, Symphony Tacoma Voices