VOICES of Fort Worth proudly bears the name of our city, and strives to represent the community in the most positive, beautiful, and inspirational performances possible. Our programs are eclectic and appeal to a wide spectrum of audiences.
Founded in 2012 by the chair of the Texas Wesleyan University Music Department, Dr. Jerome Bierschenk, this a cappella chamber choir celebrates its tenth anniversary this season. Since its 2012 debut, VOICES has grown from a handful of Texas Wesleyan students and alumni to an ensemble that attracts talent from all over the Metroplex. One of Dr. Bierschenk's goals for the group is to grow it to recognition not only in the DFW area but throughout the state of Texas. As the only ensemble of its kind in Fort Worth, the young chamber choir has already started collecting awards. In 2016 VOICES had the honor of being the only community chorus chosen to perform at the Southwestern American Choir Directors Association Conference in Kansas City, and in 2017 the ensemble was named as a semi-finalist in the American Prize for Choral Performance competition. Voices of Fort Worth has been chosen to present a Showcase Performance at the Texas Music Educators Association conference in February of 2023.
VOICES is comprised of approximately 20-24 singers, with only three voices per part. Dr. Bierschenk works tirelessly with his group to achieve a pure Renaissance tonal quality, prompting audience members to describe VOICES' sound as "heavenly," "stunningly beautiful" and "absolutely breathtaking." In addition to their acoustic excellence, venues are chosen carefully to enhance the overall experience for concert goers, serving up a feast for the eyes as well as the ears. Past performance spaces have included the starkly modern Renzo Piano Pavilion of the Kimbell Art Museum, the architecturally inspiring Marty Leonard Chapel, and the charming sanctuary of the historic Church of Christ the King.
Artistic Director Dr. Bierschenk originally formed the group at the request of a student who sought to challenge himself by singing with a select group of musicians. Today, spots in the ensemble are by audition only, and Dr. Bierschenk looks for extensive singing experience and excellent sight-reading abilities in prospective members, as singers are expected to read their voice parts without the aid of an accompanist even during rehearsals. Most members studied music in college, and many are employed professionally as directors of music at churches and schools in the Dallas Fort Worth area.
1) Operating funds - music purchase, performance venue rentals, recording expenses
2) staff salary