Voices of the Desert, an unconventional theatrical choir, bridges the gap between diverse communities. We perform inspiring, motivational, energetic musical events. Our all-inclusive family engages in a variety of community outreach activities. Our passion is enhancing community awareness, acceptance, and respect through the power of musical performance.
Voices of the Desert was conceived in March, 2008, by Ron Casola, a Phoenix resident with significant musical interests and training. Mr. Casola felt that, given the size and diversity of America’s fifth-largest city, Phoenix should have a mixed voice chorus that not only represented the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Community but also its straight allies in all aspects of the community. He observed that no one organization included all of those components and offered an opportunity to sing music scored for soprano, alto, tenor, and bass. Ron passed away in 2017 of Alzheimer's Disease, but his spirit lives on through every one of our performances.
Keith Clark has been the artistic director of VOTD since 2010. Keith has a wide range of experience with a variety of musical genres. His vast experience in overseeing productions includes the cruise industry, national tours of theater for young audiences, light opera in New York City and worship music here in Phoenix at Gentle Shepherd Metropolitan Community Church.. In addition, Keith is an accomplished performer and is a member of Actor’s Equity and the Screen Actors Guild having earned his stripes in New York and through national and international touring. Keith has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music and Business from Indiana University, where he was a member of the Grammy-award winning Singing Hoosiers.
Voices of the Desert is an Arizona non-profit 501(c)(3)charitable organization. The corporation is led by a group of volunteers who make up the Board of Directors. Funding is provided by contributions from members, the community at large, donors, and individuals. Tax ID number is #80-0282830