James Higgs, Artistic Director
James Higgs is a DMA in choral conducting student at the University of Arizona studying with Dr. Elizabeth Schauer. Currently, James is the Music Director at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Tucson and Director of the Faculty/Staff Choir at the University of Arizona. Recent positions include Assistant Conductor for Treble Glee at the University of Arizona, Assistant Conductor for the Helios Ensemble, and Assistant Conductor of the Tucson Masterworks Chorale. James was awarded the John Bloom Choral Scholarship, Graduate College Fellowship, Joe Fannin Fine Arts Scholarship, and the Van de Verde Memorial Scholarship at the University of Arizona. This past year, James conducted in a masterclass with Tallis Scholars director Peter Phillips, gave a poster presentation at the Western ACDA Conference, and was selected as a Conducting Fellow for the Atlanta Summer Conducting Institute. As both soloist and collaborative pianist, James has performed throughout Southern California and in Austria, Italy, Poland, and the Czech Republic.
Fostering Community Through Song
Thank you to the Desert Voices Community of Singers, Members, Donors & Leadership who kept the Chorus alive through the Pandemic.
You are Amazing!
You are Amazing!
"Fostering Community Through Song"
Desert Voices is Tucson's premier gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and ally chorus. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing Arizona beautiful music and to forging a positive and resolute LGBTQA presence in the community. Our unique chorus welcomes all voices to attend our rehearsals and come to our performances, regardless of age, gender, race, creed, or sexuality. Our members are diverse in voice and in background, of gay and straight singers, of all ages and identities. We strive to bring quality, unique music performances and the harmony of community to Tucson. Our purpose is to give a voice to those whose songs go unheard.
Desert Voices is an inclusive chorus organized to provide the opportunity for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and supportive others to sing together in order to:
- Build community within and outside the Chorus through our love of music.
- Produce shows that are entertaining and musically excellent.
- Perform music that reflects the lives of the LGBTQA community.
- Promote an ongoing, positive LGBTQA presence in our community.
- Advance positive social change in the larger society.