sonoran desert chorale 2017

Sonoran Desert Chorale has been the top professional choir in the Phoenix area for the past 30 years. They rehearse and perform three programs per year, with multiple performances throughout the Phoenix area. The 60-member ensemble is directed by the founder Jeff Harris, who was named the 2008 Arizona Music Educator of the Year by the Arizona Music Educators Association and was honored in early 2015 with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Chorale’s excellence has been recognized by their peers, as they have twice been selected to perform for the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association. Avid travelers, the choir has toured most of Western Europe and Australia. In 2014 they were honored to be selected to perform for the D-Day celebrations in Normandy, France.

The Sonoran Desert Chorale has three upcoming performances on their tour to Ireland. The dates, information on the group, and audio tracks from the repertoire are included below. The concerts, which are free of charge, are part of the choir’s three city tour of Ireland with performances in Galway (June 7th), Kilkenny (June 10th) and Christchurch Cathedral Dublin (June 12th). For the performance in Kilkenny, Sonoran Desert Chorale will be joined by the Unity Singers, under the direction of Sean O’Neill.

Through the performances, the choir is hoping to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald house at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin. Opened in 2004, The Ronald McDonald House provides accommodation and a caring and supportive environment for families whose children are seriously ill and are hospitalised or undergoing medical treatment Donations will be accepted at the door.

Weds, June 7th 2017
Galway Cathedral, Galway, Ireland

Sat, June 10th 2017
St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny, Ireland
Mon, June 12th 2017
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland



Alleluya Psallat / William Mathias [Audio Sample Below]


Hosanna to the Son of David / Orlando Gibbons

Mariam Matrem Virginem / Michael McGlynn

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem / Henry Purcell

Beati Quorum Via / Charles Villiers Stanford

Nunc Dimittis / Gustav Holst

Gaude et Laetare / Cecilia McDowall

Let the People Praise Thee, O God / William Mathias


Heavenly Home:  Three American Songs / Arr. Shawn Kirchner


No. 1:  Unclouded Day [Audio Sample Below]

No. 2:  Angel Band

No. 3:  Hallelujah

Way Over in Beulah Lan’ / Arr. Stacey V. Gibbs


Mouth Music / Arr. Dolores Keane/John Faulkner

She Moved Through the Fair / Arr. Timothy Takach

Ca’ the yowes / Arr. Ralph Vaughan Williams

O Danny Boy / Arr. Fred Prentice


Morning Prayer (from Three Celtic Invocations) / Daniel Gawthrop


How Can I Keep From Singing / Arr. Ron Staheli

Pacem:  Find Love (from Heaven & Earth:  A Celtic Mass) / Ben Allaway

Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing / Arr. Mack Wilberg


Sonoran Desery Chorale