THE FESTIVAL CHORUS                         Dr. Sharon A. Hansen, Chorus Director

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The Arizona Musicfest Festival Chorus is a great place to share the joy of music and to pursue performance excellence! To register for an audition with the Festival Chorus, click herePLEASE NOTE: To register for an audition, you need to download the audition registration form first to your computer; then complete and save it as a PDF document.

Established in 2008, the Arizona Musicfest Festival Chorus (Dr. Sharon A. Hansen, Director) has been praised for its stellar performances of the choral-orchestral repertory. The Festival Chorus performs each season with Maestro Robert Moody and the Arizona Musicfest Festival Orchestra, a major destination for the nation's finest orchestral musicians.

Singers in the Arizona Musicfest Festival Chorus perform choral repertoire from a wide variety of eras and styles.

In 2018-2019, the Festival Chorus performs the exultant Benedicite by Ralph Vaughan Williams, as well as two harmonically stunning works by Ola Gjeilo, former composer-in-residence for the Phoenix Chorale.

Past season’s choral repertoire has included:

2018             Chichester Psalms; Selections from Candide: “Best of All Possible Worlds” and “Make Your Garden Grow”;
Selection from Wonderful Town: “One Note Rag” [Bernstein 100th Anniversary Celebration]

2017             Leoncavallo: Pagliacci (concert version)

2016             Orff: Carmina Burana 

2015             Bruckner: Psalm 150; Janacek: Glagolitic Mass

2014             Forrest: In Paradisum; Brahms: A German Requiem

2013             Prokofiev: Alexander Nevsky 

2012             Verdi: Requiem

2011             Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

2010             Verdi: Va pensiero; La Traviata – Act III Prelude; Aida: March, Gloria all’Egitto; Bizet: Carmen – Act IV

2009             Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem

2008             Lloyd Webber: Requiem

The Festival Chorus rehearsal and performance season runs January through February each year. Rehearsals take place on Thursday evenings (7–10PM) and Saturday mornings (10AM-1PM) at La Casa de Christo Lutheran Church (Scottsdale AZ), easily accessed from the AZ101. Click here for the 2018-19 Festival Chorus Rehearsal and Concert Schedule. 


We are music professionals, homemakers, teachers, sales representatives, computer and IMT specialists, doctors, lawyers, students, real estate agents, artists, retirees, consultants, and more. We live in Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Carefree, Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa, Anthem, Peoria, Surprise, Fountain Hills, and beyond. We comprise a community of singers of all experience levels, as well as eight paid section leaders. Each of us brings not only musical quality, but also a sheer love of music, to our task.  For general information on the paid section leaders, click here.


  • Work under the direction of noted choral conductor Dr. Sharon A. Hansen.
  • Perform with the world-class Arizona Musicfest Festival Orchestra, Maestro Robert Moody, Music Director.
  • Sing the great choral-orchestral masterworks and other superb choral repertoire.
  • Join a welcoming community of vocal artists of all ages.
  • Widen your circle of friends.
  • Collaborate with like-minded musicians.
  • Experience high quality performance opportunities within a compressed rehearsal period – perfect for busy people or part-time residents who cannot commit to a year-long, one-night-a-week rehearsal schedule.

Auditions are held in October by appointment. The audition is the chance for our Chorus Director to hear your voice and assess your ability to fit into the Chorus. You are asked to prepare one short piece (art song, folk song, or hymn), approximately 1.5–2 minutes in length. A professional accompanist is provided for the audition.

The five-minute audition usually follows this format:

  • Sing the prepared, short song of your choice (art song, folk song, or hymn)
  • Demonstrate your vocal range
  • Sing back intervals played on the piano to check your tonal memory
  • Brief interview

Because we are a Festival Chorus, our time commitment occurs in a tightly compressed calendar period: twice-weekly rehearsals (Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings) take place in mid-to-late January and February. If you previously participated in the Arizona Musicfest Festival Chorus – or sang in another community, church, temple, or collegiate chorus – or have studied music – you already are a good candidate! Tell your friends and colleagues – all firmly grounded choral musicians are encouraged to audition!

We are currently scheduling auditioning appointments for the 2018/19 Season.

Click here to register for an audition for the Festival ChorusPLEASE NOTE: To register for an audition, you need to download the audition registration form first to your computer; then complete and save it as a PDF document.