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.
In July 2023, STV traveled to Europe where they sang at the opening concert of Festival of New Music (FENOMUS), a year-long celebration of modern choral music in Lousā, Portugal. There they performed a selection of recent American compositions and the Portugal premiere of Eugenio Rodriguez’s work, Eres (Tudo).
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.
2023-2024 Symphony Tacoma Voices
Carmen 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.
Monday, September 11, 2023, Location TBD
We will send out an audition invitation before that time and ask you to verify your participation.
June 5: Rehearsal
June 9: Dress Rehearsal
June 10: Concert - American Contemporary Classics
June 19: Tentative Rehearsal
June 26-30: Cascades Masterclass Choir
July 10: Rehearsal
July 25-August 5: Symphony Tacoma Voices tours Portugal and Spain
September 11: Auditions
September 18: REQUIRED Section Voicing and Seating (Sopranos and Altos 7-8pm, Tenors and Basses 8:15-9:15 PM)
September 25: Rehearsal
I look forward to meeting you!
Conductor, Symphony Tacoma Voices