VOICES to Present Concert for Lent
On Saturday, Mar. 2, VOICES of Fort Worth will return to Dallas just in time for Lent. Performing at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the ensemble will deliver a sacred program created to inspire reflection and meditation as Easter approaches.
Dr. Bierschenk works tirelessly with his singers to achieve a pure Renaissance tonal quality, prompting audience members to describe the sound of VOICES as “heavenly,” “stunningly beautiful” and “absolutely breathtaking.” In addition to the 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 soaring atrium of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the starkly modern Renzo Piano Pavilion of the Kimbell Art Museum, and the charming sanctuary of the historic Church of Christ the King.
Since its 2012 debut, VOICES has grown from a group of 14 Texas Wesleyan students and alumni to a 20-voice 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, and with a mission “to preserve and promote the art of a cappella singing through the performance of quality choral music,” the young chamber choir has already started collecting awards. In 2017 the ensemble was named as a semi-finalist in the American Prize for Choral Performance competition, and 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. VOICES concerts have been featured at number two on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s “top 10 list” twice in the past year.
Currently the head of the Texas Wesleyan University Music Department, Dr. Bierschenk originally formed VOICES at the request of a student who sought to challenge himself through singing with a select group of musicians. Today, spots in the coveted 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 of the elite singing group studied music in college, and many are employed professionally as directors of music at churches and schools in the DFW area. Members of VOICES have formerly sung with other ensembles in venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Today Show, the Notre Dame Cathedral, Van Cliburn’s home, and alongside Willie Nelson at the Bass Performance Hall.
Appointed Chair of the Department of Music in 2014, Dr. Bierschenk began his tenure at Texas Wesleyan University in 2007 as Director of Choral Activities. Formerly the Fine Arts Director for the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, Dr. Bierschenk started out as an instrumentalist, serving as a band director in the Austin, Birdville and Weatherford school districts for 20 years. He received his doctorate of musical arts in choral conducting degree from the University of North Texas in 2003. An exceptionally talented musician, Dr. Bierschenk’s choir members know him for his high standards of excellence and his ability to bring out their best.
There is no admission charge for A Concert for Lent, however, donations will be accepted. The concert will last approximately 90 minutes and include an intermission. For more information, call 817-713-4536.