History and Highlights
Critically regarded as “Tucson’s crown jewel of choral groups,” The Arizona Repertory Singers (ARS) is a 45-voice choral ensemble performing under the talented direction of Dr. Jeffry A. Jahn, a well-respected music director and conductor in Arizona and other parts of the United States. Currently in its 30th anniversary year of providing professional quality choral music to audiences of all ages in Tucson and Pima County, ARS was founded in 1984 as the Arizona Recital Choir, and incorporated as a not-for-profit 501 (c) 3 organization in 1986 under the name, The Arizona Repertory Singers.
Through the years, ARS has built a reputation as the choral ensemble to request for musical entertainment at important community events throughout Tucson and Southern Arizona. In fact, ARS has performed at over 65 venues, including the dedication of the Helen S. Schaefer Building, new home of the U of A Poetry Center; the dedication of the Harris hawk sculpture honoring the memory of Space Shuttle Columbia astronaut Laurel Clark at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum; and the opening reception at the new headquarters for the Pima Council on Aging. Other concerts have included performances at the Educational Enrichment Foundation awards luncheon, Interfaith Community Services’ Music for the Soul, the Carondelet Hospice Holiday Tree of Memories gathering, retirement communities, and numerous appearances for community service organization celebrations (Masons, Welcome Wagon, and Rotary Clubs). During our 25th Anniversary year, ARS performed a Gala Concert, honoring founding board member, Helen S. Schaeffer, at the prestigious Stevie Eller Dance Theatre on the U of A campus, which included a commissioned work, “Songs for Braithwaite,” composed by Vijay Singh, a well-known contemporary choral composer.
ARS has raised public understanding and appreciation of the choral art through the accessibility of its entertaining, educational and diverse programming, and regularly contributes a portion of the proceeds from its concerts to community organizations. Examples of this include: The San Xavier Mission Restoration Fund, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Children’s Concert and churches in which ARS performs during the annual concert season. Collaborative concerts with five different high school choirs have given ARS the opportunity to educate and excite students about life-long participation in music as well as to donate music to each school’s choral library. Over the years, ARS has also performed in concert with major musical organizations in Tucson including the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Pops Orchestra, Tucson Masterworks Chorale, the Sonoran Bells, and Music Professors on the Faculty Artist Series at the U of A. In addition, AZPM Classical 90.5 regularly broadcasts ARS Christmas/Holiday concerts as part of its Community Concert Series, making the ensemble’s unique blend of choral music available to Arizona radio listeners as well as people across the United States via streaming audio on the internet.
The hallmark of the Arizona Repertory Singers is its repertoire; ARS is equally comfortable performing a cappella music from Renaissance Christmas carols to Baroque masterpieces and opera choruses to American spirituals and folk songs, musical theater, jazz and contemporary classics from around the world.
- We enrich the life of our community by giving frequent live performances of choral literature from a variety of periods and musical traditions.
- We increase music appreciation by performing in as many venues as possible, and by taking concerts to audiences of great diversity in background, age and exposure to the arts.
- We contribute to local charities by presenting benefit concerts for worthy organizations.
The Arizona Repertory Singers strive to be the Southwest’s premier repertory choral group. By performing and recording music of the highest caliber, members also aim to be the best singers they can be.
About Our Music Director
“Part entertainer, part musical storyteller, and always the consummate musician.”
— The Tucson Citizen
Since 1990, Dr. Jeffry A. Jahn has guided the Arizona Repertory Singers to become the premier vocal ensemble of its type in the Southwest — known not just for its quality programming but for having one of the largest choral performance repertories in the United States.
Jahn holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Arizona, a Master of Music from Wichita State University and a Bachelor of Arts from Bethany College. His diverse career includes featured soloist for His Majesty King Carl Gustav of Sweden, ensemble singer, choral teacher, operatic lead, musical director, conductor of opera, and conductor of the annual Tucson community Messiah Sing-In. In December of 2000, he made his Tucson Symphony Orchestra conducting debut in performances of Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio.” He has served as choral clinician for high school choirs for the Arizona Music Educators Association (AMEA) Southeast and South Central Region Festival of Music.
Jahn maintains an active private voice studio and is Director of Worship Arts at Fountain of Life Lutheran Church, where he is responsible for music, drama, visual/electronic media and art. Jahn is an inspiration to his singers, a consummate vocal teacher and choral director, an accomplished tenor soloist, music arranger, composer, and chef.
The Arizona Repertory Singers
P.O. Box 41601
Tucson, AZ 85717
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