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!

History:

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.

Past Performances:

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

Membership:

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 thompson@oraclepianosociety.org for more information.

Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings, 6:00 – 8:00 pm at OrCA

2019-2020 Concert Schedule

November 10, 3pm at OrCA: Veterans' Day Tribute Concert

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: Theme to be added

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Chorus Director: Donte' Alexander Ford

Native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Donte' is an accomplished musician and scholar in his own right. An alumnus of Penn State and Southern Methodist Universities, his many talents have afforded him opportunities to serve as guest clinician/conductor, lead pianist, opera chorister, resident percussionist, and Minister of Music. His scholarly work includes lectures on African American choral art forms and contributions to the UM Discipleship Ministries’ History of Hymns. Recently, Donté was named winner of the 2018-19 Brooklyn Youth Chorus Men’s Ensemble Composer Competition. His original composition, “Arise, Look Up, and Go On!” was premiered at Kings Theater in Brooklyn, NY in May 2019. In February of that same year, he was privileged to conduct the premier of his arrangement of “Ride On, King Jesus” with the University of Arizona Symphonic Choir. Donté is the assistant director of the James Abbington Church Music Academy and founder/artistic director of Sankofa Chorale. He proudly serves Arizona’s choral community as Ethnic Music Resources and Repertoire Chair for AzACDA while pursuing a Ph.D in Musicology with a minor in Choral Conducting at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ.

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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.

Video Sample of Voices in the Oaks Chorale 2019 St. Paddy's Day Concert.

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The Chorale performs PDQ Bach’s hilarious oratorio “Oedipus Tex” in Spring 2018.