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About Us

VOICES 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 was then the Director of Choral Activities at Texas Wesleyan University. Dr. Bierschenk continues to serve as the Artistic Director of VOICES.

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.

Meet the Singers


Caleb Bennetch, Bass Section Leader

Music Director

Martin United Methodist Church


Collin Boyd, Bass

Choir Director

Diamond Hill-Jarvis HS, Fort Worth ISD


Emily Davis, Alto

Founding Member

Youth and Children's Music Ministry and Youth Ministry Coordinator

Broadway Baptist Church


Ronald Gray, Tenor


First United Methodist Church of Azle

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Gabi Guest, Alto

Choir Director

Dieterich MS, Midlothian ISD


LeeAnn Hamilton, Soprano

Associate Choir Director

Joshua HS, Joshua ISD

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Joshua Hearon, Bass

Delivery Driver

Papa Johns


Kristen Hoffman, Soprano

Choir Director

Applied Learning Academy, Fort Worth ISD


Nathan Kasten, Bass

Founding Member

Operations Manager

Simba Industries


Aidan Kocur, Tenor

Administrative Assistant/Teacher

Fortress Youth Development Center


Ryan Maxey, Tenor Section Leader


Texas Wesleyan University

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Mike Needham, Bass

Choir Director

DATA at Adams MS, Grand Prairie ISD

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Michael Nguyen, Tenor

Choir Director

Monnig MS, Fort Worth ISD


Kayla Noriega, Alto Section Leader

Founding Member

Elementary Music Specialist

Dolores Huerta ES, Fort Worth ISD


Jillian Price, Alto

Elementary Music Specialist

Ashworth ES, Arlington ISD

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Julian Rodriguez, Tenor

Choir Director

Kirkpatrick MS, Fort Worth ISD


Meredith Sontag, Soprano

Choir Director

Covenant Christian Academy


Avary Vaughn, Alto

Choir Director

Ed Willkie MS, Eagle-Mountain Saginaw ISD

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Aries Stewart, Soprano

Private Lesson Instructor

Creative Soul Music School

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Chris Wilson, Tenor

Head Choir Director

Joshua HS, Joshua ISD

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Amanda Wise, Soprano

Licensing Team Lead

Cardinal Financial Company, LP

Meet the Directors


Dr. Jerome M. Bierschenk
Artistic Director and Founder

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Dr. Jerome M. Bierschenk has been a music educator in Texas for over 45 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. In 2021, he retired after serving as the chair of the Department of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Texas Wesleyan University.

Mary-Margaret Soknich
Associate Director and Soprano Section Leader

A founding member of Voices of Fort Worth, Mary-Margaret Soknich is the Director of Vocal Music at I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA in Fort Worth ISD. She holds a B.M. in Music Education from Texas Wesleyan University and a M.M. in Music Education from the University of North Texas. Mrs. Soknich has taught secondary choral music for twelve years, previously at Nolan Catholic High School. She has also directed and accompanied church choirs across the metroplex for fourteen years. Mrs. Soknich currently serves as the TMEA Region 5 Small-School Choir Coordinator.

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