Mozart Requiem and Coronation Mass

Soprano - Pureum Jo
Mezzo Soprano - Teresa Buchholz
Tenor - Joseph Dennis
Bass - Joseph Beutel

Thursday, March 12, at 8:00pm


Organist Stephen Tharp

Tuesday, February 24th at 8:00pm
Franck Trois Chorals, Widor Symphonie No. 8

Stephen Tharp is one of today's most internationally prolific concert organists. This recital will feature monuments of French Symphonic organ music.


Audience Response

Fauré Requiem and Music from the Russian Orthodox Tradition
Voices of Ascension Chorus & Orchestra February 5, 2015

Fauré's Requiem was simply ravishing; a unique musical and spiritual experience.

We have heard choirs from all over the world, but this choir will stand out in our memory as being one of a kind, and definitely one of the best.

Many times have we heard Fauré's Requiem, and NEVER have we been so moved by the whole thing. ... .

Each time is such a great and deeply satisfying experience.

A spectacular concert from beginning to end. Deeply spiritual and uplifting. We knew the Fauré of course but the other pieces were totally new and remarkable - fitted in so well with the Faure

The performance was fabulous. I didn't mind at all having to brave the cold because of the great reward.

The performance was transcendently beautiful. I and others around me were wiping tears from our eyes throughout the performance.

November 2014 25th Anniversary Gala Benefit
You contributed over $55,000.

Many thanks to you and our Board of Directors for your extraordinary generosity. We also thank our musicians who donated their services, soloists Sarah Shafer, Devon Guthrie, Joseph Beutel and Renee Louprette, WQXR's host Elliott Forrest, and conductor and composer Gregg Smith, recipient of the inaugural award of the Perrin Prize for lifetime contribution to the arts.

Gregg Smith, Roz Reese, Dennis Keene, VoA11-12-14


About Us

Voices of Ascension Chorus and Orchestra, founded and directed by conductor Dennis Keene, is one of the world's premier professional choral ensembles. The ensemble's annual series of concerts in New York City, now in its 25th season, and Grammy-nominated recordings on Delos and Naxos have received unequivocal critical acclaim.

The singers of Voices of Ascension are among the finest ensemble musicians in the United States. Most are active as soloists as well. Artistic Director Dennis Keene has blended this group of New York’s finest professional singers into a richly satisfying ensemble, unique in its flexibility and artistic command of choral music of every period and style. The ensemble varies according to the works performed, usually ranging from 20 to 40 singers.



Voices of Ascension welcomes dedicated patron Jeff Paley and Richard Gaddes, former General Director of Santa Fe Opera and Opera Theater of St. Louis, to the board of directors.

In the Press

"The Voices of Ascension Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Dennis Keene, presents some of the most consistently polished and satisfying choral performances in New York City."
     The New York Times

"Sheer musical excellence…Mr. Keene drew an intensity from his singers ... every line emerges with fresh clarity ..."
     The New York Times

"... characterful handling of the quiet writing that forms the heart of the [Duruflé Requiem], mellow and radiant."
     The New York Times

"A towering performance. ... illustrating a complete understanding of Bach's popular and revered Mass [in B minor]."

"Dennis Keene led his Ascension Music Chorus and Orchestra in a performance that did Monteverdi's complex, exquisitely harmonized choral writing full justice." [Monteverdi Vespers of 1610]

"Dennis Keene and his magnificently polished Voices of Ascension choir…addressed both composers' music with power and an admirable suppleness." "…a remarkably transparent, well balanced blend."
     The New York Times