Honoring Three Decades of Choral Talent

University Relations - Communications
April 24, 2014

UA students, employees and alumni have long been involved with the Arizona Repertory Singers.

Jeffry A. Jahn, the music director, is conducting the Arizona Repertory Singers, an ensemble that has performed at over 65 venues in Southern Arizona and around the world. (Photo credit: Jenni Long).

In fact, UA astronomy professor Thomas Fleming was a founding member of the ensemble and has sung in the group for three decades. Today, the group has 45 members – 40 of them with ties to UA students, faculty and staff.

The ensemble will perform a series of concerts this spring in honor of its 30th anniversary. During that time, UA students, faculty and staff, and members of their family, have been involved with the ensemble.

During "Voices at an Exhibition," the ensemble will premiere four original commissioned pieces and four visual artworks by local artists.

The event will be held twice – this Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Fountain of Life Lutheran Church, 710 S. Kolb Road, and May 4 at 2 p.m. at Christ Church United Methodist, 655 N. Craycroft Road. Tickets are $15.

To premiere four pieces of music and four pieces of art at once – you won't find that being done anywhere else in the nation," said Jeffry A. Jahn, music director of the Arizona Repertory Singers. "When you get the opportunity to rehearse a piece that no one has ever sung and perform a piece that no one has ever heard, it’s tremendously cool."

An open rehearsal and workshop on choral singing will be held May 6 at 7 p.m. at the Fountain of Life. The workshop is $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

All tickets are available online.

Contact: Jan Sturges, technical expert for the UA's Human Resources and the operations manager for the ensemble, at 520-490-9057 or jansturges@me.com

The Arizona Repertory Singers perform at the Benedictine Monastery in December 2013. (Photo credit: Chris Richards)

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