VIRTUAL VOICES IN THE OAKS
Led by our new Chorale Director, Luke Diamond, the Virtual Voices in the Oaks will provide a safe way to collaborate during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
VOICES IN THE OAKS CHORALE
We love to sing!
The Voices in the Oaks Chorale is a community chorus, comprised of singers from Oracle, the surrounding communities and the general Tucson area. The only requirements to sing with the chorus are a love of singing, the dedication to attend rehearsals and learn music, and to perform to your best ability. The ability to read music while helpful, is not a requirement to be a member of the chorus, and there is no audition!
In February of 2016, Mary Huebner founded the Voices in the Oaks Chorale to bring a vocal music component to the Oracle Piano Society. The purpose was to bring enjoyment of music in general to anyone who wanted to participate, and to enhance appreciation for vocal music in particular. The effect has been to create a chorale community that grows in numbers and musicianship with each concert presented! Mary directed the chorus until March 2019 when she stepped down from the conductor's box and stepped up on the risers doing what she loves; to sing.
The Chorale presents two concerts per season plus a Messiah Sing Along in December.
May 2016 Songs of the British Isles
Nov 2016 American Folk Songs
Mar 2017 Classic Broadway
Nov 2017 Veterans Day Salute
Dec 2017 GF Handel, Messiah Sing Along
May 2018 PDQ Bach, Oedipus Tex
Dec 2018 GF Handel, Messiah Sing Along
Mar 2019 St. Paddy’s Day Concert
Nov 2019 Tribute to Veterans
Anyone who loves to sing may join the Chorale!
There is a $60 participation fee for each concert rehearsal period. This fee covers the cost of the music and the accompanist fee. As our sponsor, the Oracle Piano Society allows use of the piano and the concert hall for rehearsals and concerts free of charge!
If you would like to sing with us, but have a financial need, a limited number of scholarships are available. Please contact Coralee Thompson at email@example.com for more information.
Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 pm at OrCA
2019-2020 Concert Schedule
December 20, 7 pm at SaddleBrooke Ranch: Messiah Sing Along
December 21, 3 pm at OrCA: Messiah Sing Along
March 29, 2020, 3 pm at OrCA: Voices of America- CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
Please visit our Youtube playlist to view past concerts:
Chorus Director: Luke Diamond
Luke Diamond is a baritone, composer, pianist, and conductor residing in Tucson, Arizona where he serves as music director at Christ Presbyterian Church, as well as several choral groups in the community, including the Voices in the Oaks Chorale, Tucson Barbershop eXperience, and the Tucson-based Summer Chorus. He is currently pursuing a master's degree in choral conducting at the University of Arizona, where he is the instructor for MUS 119 Intro to Music Theory and has served as the conductor of the Bass Glee Club and assistant director of Coro and Collegium Musicum. His compositions have been featured on performances by the West Virginia University College of Fine Arts and El Hogar de Niños Enmanuel, and notably include the opera Ma Grâce te Suffit, and the musicals What Have You Got to Lose, The Trouble with Gold, and This Ol’ Book. Before moving to Tucson, Luke was Music Director for two years at Trinity Christian School in West Virginia and Assistant Director of the St. Patrick Catholic Church Festival Orchestra and Chorus. He also served as the music director for numerous community theater productions, among them West Side Story, Jekyll and Hyde, and Singin' in the Rain. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal performance from West Virginia University, and also studied conducting at Westminster Choir College and Bard University.
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Piano Accompanist: Hsin-Chih Chang
Born and raised in Taiwan, Hsin-Chih Chang has loved playing piano since a small child. She worked as staff accompanist from 2008 until 2012 at Taipei Minicipal University of Education where she received her Bachelor of Music. She then moved to NY City where she continued to as piano accompanist for Manhattan School of Music, Organist at the Chinese Community Church and piano instructor for several other music schools in NYC, all while earning her Master of Music at Manhattan School of Music. After two years teaching in Illinois, she moved to Tucson in 2017. From 2017 to present, she has worked for the Tucson United School District, given solo recitals, played chamber music with Tocale Tucson Festival, Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet, Double Reed Day, UA Oboe Studio Recital, Choral Educators Fall Choral Festival, Clarinet Studio Recital, Vocal Jazz Madrigal Festival and many others. She has been awarded a scholarship to UA for DMA in piano performance, Dean’s list and scholarship at Manhattan School of Music, and Superior Class from Taipei Piano Competition. She is full of energy, loves collaborative piano performance, is married to a pianist and composer, and is mother to 2 young girls.
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The Chorale performs PDQ Bach’s hilarious oratorio “Oedipus Tex” in Spring 2018.
America The Beautiful with Leia Wasbotten, soloist.