The Adult Choir adds to the depth and breadth of musical expression at Temple services, and not for nothing, the choir members have a blast. The Adult Choir sings at Shabbat, festival services and special events once or twice each month and rehearses on Thursday evenings between 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm starting Thursday, October 18, 2012--just after the fall Jewish festivals. For more information and to join the choir, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.