VOICES of Fort Worth, the newest vocal ensemble in the Fort Worth music scene, gave its premier performance on May 1, 2012 in conjunction with the Wesleyan Chorale in a concert presented in Martin Hall on the campus of Texas Wesleyan University. Both groups were conducted by Dr. Jerome M. Bierschenk, who is the Music Department Chairman at Texas Wesleyan University, and also serves as Artistic Director of the new group.
VOICES is a consort of highly skilled singers whose vocal blend and exceptional reading skills and musicianship combine to create a unique presentation that spans every musical period from early Renaissance to the 21st century. Specializing in a cappella literature, the vocal chamber ensemble creates the full spectrum of vocal colors ranging from the most intense and dramatic dissonance to the most palliative and soothing consonance.
October 19, 2019 First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Arlington 7 PM FREE CONCERT - Donations Accepted
December 14, 2019 Voices at Arborlawn United Methodist Church 7:30 PM
December 15, 2019 Voices at the Chapel - Marty Leonard Community Chapel 7:30 PM
May 16, 2020 Voices at Arborlawn United Methodist Church 7:30 PM
Auditions for prospective members for the 2019 - 2020 concert season will be held on Sunday, August 11 beginning at 1:30 PM. Auditions will be held on the campus of Texas Wesleyan University in the Department of Music, Ann Waggoner Building, which is located on the corner of Wesleyan and Rosedale Streets. Submit email (see below) and supply the following information: Name, Voice Type, Years of experience as a choral singer, and any other pertinent information. An email will be returned with an assigned audition time.. The expectation is that our singers are highly skilled readers with voices that will blend into the ensemble sound. It is not necessary to have a selection prepared. The audition will consist of sight singing only.
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Dr. Jerome M. Bierschenk has been a music educator in Texas for over 40 years. After earning a Bachelor degree in music education, Dr. Bierschenk started a teaching career in instrumental music education, and was a band director for 20 years. He taught in the Austin, Birdville and Weatherford school districts, and in Weatherford was the Director of Bands as well as the Coordinator of Music for the district. Bierschenk’s interest began to include voice and choral conducting, and after earning a master of music education degree and a doctor of musical arts degree in choral conducting from the University of North Texas, he began his tenure as Artistic Director of the Texas Boys Choir and as the Director of Fine Arts for the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts. With both extensive experience as a tenor soloist and as a trumpet player, he has performed solo tenor roles with Schola cantorum of Fort Worth, the University of North Texas Choirs, as well as various other groups in the Fort Worth community. He currently serves as the chair of the Department of Music at Texas Wesleyan University.