Choir Director, Chris Tackett
Chris Tackett has been involved in a lot of things in many musical worlds. In the world of Musical Theatre, he has taken part in many theatrical productions for many different companies including Borderlands Theater and the University of Arizona Repertory Theater. As a composer and arranger, he has worked for many more groups, including Desert Voices, the Gregg Smith Singers, and the Brodsky Quartet. His orchestration clients include Dave Brubeck and George Shearing. For over fifteen years he served as librarian for Mr Shearing.
Mr. Tackett is a Masters Degree graduate of Indiana University. He has studied jazz, composition, conducting, and piano with such teachers as David Baker, Dominic Spera, Thom Dunn, James Staples, and Irving Godt. As a vocal accompanist, he has worked in the studios of many people, including Walter Cassell, Carol Smith, and William Warfield.
In addition, Mr Tackett has been involved with many different GALA choruses and has had arrangements and compositions performed by groups including The Alamo City Men's Chorale of San Antonio, TX and Reveille Gay Men's Chorus of Tucson, AZ. He has been Artistic Director of Desert Voices since 2002. He has also been artistic director of AwenRising, a Celtic-folk vocal and instrumental ensemble since 2010.
Mr Tackett has been choir director and accompanist at Temple Emanu-El in Tucson since 2007.