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.
Voices of Fort Worth, like most other arts organizations, has been on a long break due to the COVID pandemic. As we begin to look forward to the other side of this long drought from public performance, we are making plans to begin some type of performance in the Fall of 2021. Therefore, we will be holding auditions for new/prospective members for the group on Saturday, May 22, 2021. Please watch for more details concerning audition requirements, membership requirements, rehearsal schedules, etc.
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.