Come Join Our Wonderful Family!

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A Little About Us

Created in 2008 by Ron Casola, Voices of the Desert is currently Phoenix Arizona's one and only mixed choirs. We welcome anyone with a passion for singing and fun, be they members of the GBLT community or its allies. We strive to serve as goodwill ambassedors for the GBLT community and its allies by producing quality entertainment and serving as positive rolemodels. We hope you'll consider joining our family by becoming a singer, coming to one of our great upcoming events, or supporting us in whatever way you can!

Mission Statement

The mission of Voices of the Desert, a diverse community chorus, is to serve as goodwill ambassadors for all sexual orientations through musical performance. Our mission will be accomplished by developing the artistic excellence of the organization and its volunteers. We will serve as a positive influence to and for all sexual orientations, our communities, and promote awareness, tolerance, acceptance, and respect among the citizens of Arizona.

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Join Us!

We are always looking for new talented people to join our fun loving family. You DO NOT have to be able to read music, all we ask is for the passion to perform and be able to move a little on stage!

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Current VOTD Board

President Arturo Carnighan
Vice President Michael Peters
Treasurer Chris Craig
Secretary Christine Kelly
Fundraising Carly Guzman
Marketing Erika Rivera-Jolly
Board Member At Large Kris Boyd
Chorus President Susie Tourville

The Magic Makers

Keith Clark - Artistic Director

Keith joins Voices of the Desert with a strong portfolio of experience that includes both direction and performance. As an Artistic Director, he has overseen numerous productions in a variety of places. From the high seas, including the Cruise Industry, National tours of Theater for Young Audiences, Light Opera in New York City as well as Worship Music in Phoenix at Gentle Shepherd Metropolitan Community Church, he has a wide range of experience with a variety of musical genres. In addition, Keith is also an accomplished performer and is a member of Actor’s Equity and the Screen Actors Guild having earned his stripes in New York and through National and International touring. Keith has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music and Business from Indiana University where he was a member of the Grammy Award winning Singing Hoosiers. He has a genuine passion to entertain audiences with a creative and professional flare that gives meaning and enjoyment to the arts.

Andie Chung - Principle Accompanist

Andie Chung is delighted to be a part of Voices of the Desert this season. Andie is a multi-faceted musician who has received degrees from University of California San Diego with emphasis in Jazz and the Music of the African Diaspora and Arizona State University in Choral Music Education. She currently plays piano for community choirs, including the Phoenix Girls Chorus, Phoenix Korean Ensemble, numerous valley wide school choirs K -12, vocal performance students at ASU and CGCC. She also teaches piano and music theory privately and serves as Assistant Music Director at Velda Rose United Methodist Church in Mesa. Andie is originally from South Korea and grew up in Los Angeles where she began her jazz piano studies. This is her sixth year in Arizona and she is very active in the music and Korean communities. In her leisure time, she loves cooking/baking, traveling, and experiencing new things, such as tap-dancing, watching foreign motion pictures, playing pipe organ, photography, playing handbells and chimes, etc. She lives with her 2 adorable puppies, Kooman and Ahra.

Haley Ritter - Interpreter

A NIC certified interpreter originally from Oak Park, IL who moved to Phoenix in 1995. She has been an Educational and Community Interpreter in the Valley for the past 7 years since graduating with Phi Theta Kappa honors from the Phoenix College Interpreter Training Program with an AAS degree in 2002. She has a tremendous passion for music, dance and American Sign Language (ASL). “Even if someone is Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing, this doesn’t mean that they can’t feel the music. My goal is to visually inspire the viewer with the powerful sensation(s) that a given song is set to convey, while painting a colorful picture of the meaning or story behind it!”