We Are True Concord

“True Concord Voices & Orchestra has created something truly spectacular…”

Arizona Daily Star

Tucson’s only GRAMMY-nominated ensemble, True Concord Voices & Orchestra thrills audiences in live performances and over international radio waves with innovative programming and some of the finest professional voices and instrumentalists from across the country.

True Concord is committed to creating memorable experiences through the performance of celebrated masterworks and music of today’s best composers.

Known for adventurous collaborations, True Concord creates ambitious and unique partnerships with many outstanding performance ensembles and arts organizations in culturally rich southern Arizona. Past collaborative partners have included Arizona Early Music Society, Artifact Dance Project, Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, Tucson Girls Chorus, Tucson Symphony Orchestra, UA Dance, Arizona Choir and The University of Arizona Poetry Center. In addition to notable partnerships, True Concord works with nationally and internationally-known soloists of the highest caliber, including Richard Paul Fink, Kelley O’Connor, Morris Robinson, Jubilant Sykes, Corinne Winters and, now, Susanna Phillips.

In 2015 True Concord made its debut in New York City at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall with a performance of their commission Prayers and Remembrances by Stephen Paulus. On that same day, True Concord released its Far in the Heavens CD, comprised of recently composed and previously unrecorded works by Paulus. That year, Far in the Heavens earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Choral Performance, and Paulus’s 35-minute oratorio was awarded the GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Classical Composition.

Under the leadership of Music Director Eric Holtan, True Concord continues to develop innovative programming. During the pandemic, True Concord refused to go silent in spite of the huge challenges posed by COVID-19. It nimbly adapted to the pandemic, creating a safe “bubble” for artists, strict health protocols for audiences and two concentrated seasons of live, outdoor and video-streamed concerts that reached long-standing devotees and new audiences across the globe.

This remarkable accomplishment was noted by the National Endowment for the Arts which identified arts organizations leading the way in transition and perseverance in an article titled “The Art of Reopening: A Guide to Current Practice Among Arts Organizations During COVID-19.” Closer to home, True Concord’s successful efforts to continue through the pandemic were recognized with a StartUp Tucson Resiliency Award.

Our 2020-21 season video performances (made possible through a collaboration with Arizona PBS, Alex Kosiorek, Senior Audio Engineer), capped the season with an Emmy nomination in the “Audio Live or Post Produced” category of the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Holtan said “It’s thrilling and affirming to have True Concord’s video concert production recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, especially as part of our efforts to reach people affected by the pandemic.”

Now in its 19th season, many audience members have been with True Concord since its beginning. Fans continue to count on a commitment to excellence and thought-provoking creativity — and look forward to each new season of beautiful, expanding and enriching experiences through music.