Tucson Interfaith Choir (TIC), a new choral ensemble, is planning two Easter performances titled From Death to Life: Music for Easter. Musical selections will include Mack Wilberg’s Requiem, selections from Handel’s Messiah, and hymns about Christ’s Atonement.
The first presentation will be on Friday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints North Stake Center, 939 W. Chapala Drive. On Saturday, April 10 at 7 p.m., there will be a performance at Christ Church United Methodist, 655 N. Craycroft Road. Requested attire is business casual.
The choir is conducted by Brent Rogers, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Rogers began considering the idea of this group while working on his doctoral degree in choral conducting at the University of Arizona. He formed the choir in August 2014 with the ultimate goal of having a choir that brings together musicians from many different religions.“There are a lot of [people] with skills who don’t have an outlet for their talents. There are a lot of great amateur musicians.”While it has been tricky to find a rehearsal time that does not conflict with other activities across a wide spectrum of the population, Rogers is confident he can find a slot. He hopes that in the future TIC will be able to accommodate more community members without pulling them away from their own church choirs.
Stan Kartchner, a choir member, said his participation allows him “to serve the Lord and worship through music.” He added he appreciates the opportunity to receive training and direction from Rogers as he participates in the choir, which has more of a professional feel to it than some of the other choirs he has been involved with in the past.
“There are a lot of [people] with skills who don’t have an outlet for their talents,” Rogers said. “There are a lot of great amateur musicians.”
Rogers earned his bachelor’s degree in musical education and his master’s degree in choral conducting at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. He appreciates the opportunity to use his talents and training to testify of the Atonement and Resurrection of Jesus Christ in the upcoming Easter concert.