Critically regarded as “Tucson’s crown jewel of choral groups,” the Arizona Repertory Singers (ARS) is a 45-voice choral ensemble. The singers, selected through a rigorous audition process, maintain full-time careers in business, education, engineering, information technology, law, medicine, social service, science and the arts. The hallmark of ARS is its well-honed choral blend and one of the most extensive repertoires in the United States, spanning several eras from the Renaissance through the 20th century.
Please join ARS in welcoming Thomas E. Lerew, Interim Music Director for our 32nd season!
Tom is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Arizona. He holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Music Education with an emphasis in piano from Houghton College. Past conducting opportunities include the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the Green Valley Community Chorus, and the Christ Church United Methodist Chancel Choir, Tucson. He also serves on the board of the Arizona chapter of the American Choral Directors Association as the editor of its official publication, Antiphon. Tom’s primary conducting professors include UA Fred Fox School of Music Faculty, Bruce Chamberlain, Director of Choral Activities and Elizabeth Schauer, Associate Director of Choral Activities. Prior conducting professors include John Warren (Syracuse University) and Brandon Johnson (Houghton College).
Tom taught music at the high school level in New York and Pennsylvania, and continues his passion for teaching music literacy in the choral rehearsal setting, creating new administrative and outreach initiatives for promoting the choral music art form. He is a proud native of south central Pennsylvania and his family’s apple orchards, and lives in Tucson, Arizona with his bride, Kerry.
Songs of Sweet Starlight
2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 6th
St. Thomas The Apostle Parish
5150 N. Valley View Road
3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 13th
800 N. Country Club
7:30 p.m. Friday, December 18th