Bach St John Passion on Voices Online
Did you miss our last concert? Don't fret, Bach's St. John Passion is now featured as a part our Voices Online Initiative.  Click here to listen!

Click here to read Dennis Keene's Program notes and the libretto from this astonishing work.


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Young Artists Program

Voices of Ascension works in partnership with prestigious conservatories and apprenticeship programs to bring the young artists to watch to our very own VOA stage. Be sure not to miss our 2017 roster of artists!


James Bassi's Quem Pastores Laudavere premieres at the Vatican

Congratulations to Mr. James Bassi, whose piece Quem Pastores Laudavere was performed at the Vatican's Midnight Mass on Christmas.

Mr. Bassi, whom many of you would know from our concerts, is a singer, composer, pianist, and music director. We are so proud of Mr. Bassi and honored to work with such talented and exceptional artists!

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

Dennis Keene led his Ascension Music Chorus and Orchestra in a performance that did Monteverdi’s complex, exquisitely harmonized choral writing full justice.

About Us

Grammy-nominated Voices of Ascension, founded in 1990 and directed by conductor Dennis Keene, presents exceptional performances of great works of music for chorus and orchestra. Over the course of its 26 year history, Voices of Ascension has produced an annual concert series, released Grammy-nominated recordings, and engaged in artistic collaborations with the San Francisco Symphony, Mostly Mozart Festival, José Limón Dance, the Mark Morris Dance Group, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and others.  These performances have won acclaim for their ‘sheer musical excellence’ (NY Times), the chorus for being the ‘finest in American choral music’ (Stereophile), and Dr. Keene as the ‘leader most widely touted to pick up the mantle of Robert Shaw’ (NY Times).

Described in the Wall Street Journal (2/1/15) as "richly colored, impressive, and beautifully balanced," Voices of Ascension singers are among the finest professional ensemble musicians in the United States. Their artistry and technical flexibility allow for exceptional performances of choral music of every period and style. The ensemble varies according to the works performed, usually ranging from 20 to 40 singers.