CAC Choral Program Accepting New Members


In preparation for another exciting semester, the Central Arizona College choral program is accepting new members. There are even more opportunities this year for those interested in singing. In addition to the existing course options, the college is now offering two vocal jazz ensembles and a new choir class at the San Tan Campus.

“Current CAC students as well as members of the community who enjoy singing are invited to enhance their vocal cords and share their talents by joining the choral program,” says Dr. Kim Osteen-Petreshock, director of the choral program at CAC. “There are various options for those wishing to participate in the CAC choral program.  All choirs participate in two major concerts per semester: one around the middle of the semester and one at the end. The performances are usually at the Signal Peak Campus. All relevant dates and times will be made available at the beginning of the semester.”

The CAC College Choir performs a wide variety of music, including classical, popular, folk, contemporary and multicultural selections. Three separate sections of the College Choir course are being offered for the fall semester. The first section will meet at the Signal Peak Campus from 2 to 3:15 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.  The second and third sections, also referred to as Community Choir, meet every Tuesday from 7 to 9:30 pm.  One section of Community Choir will be held at the Signal Peak Campus and one section at the San Tan Campus.  The new San Tan section will be taught by Mr. Nephi Bunker, currently the choral instructor at Imagine Preparatory School in Coolidge.  Auditions are not necessary to be in College Choir.  Prior experience and music-reading ability, though helpful, is not mandatory. 

This fall, the CAC Choral Program is excited to introduce The ChromAtiCs, a new vocal jazz ensemble. This group will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:45 am.  Like Desert Dissonance, it will focus on jazz and pop music. Singers of beginning and intermediate ability and those with no vocal jazz experience are welcome.  No audition is necessary. 

Desert Dissonance is a select vocal jazz ensemble that focuses primarily on jazz music and some popular music. The group will meet Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from Noon to 1:40 p.m. An audition is required for acceptance into Desert Dissonance; arrangements can be made by contacting Dr. Osteen-Petreshock.

The four Signal Peak choral groups will meet in Room 104 of the Pence Center at the Signal Peak Campus and begin rehearsing on either Monday, August 17th or Tuesday, August 18th.

The San Tan choral group will meet in Room D120 at the San Tan Campus and will begin rehearsals on Tuesday, August 18th. 

“Being a member of a choral group is a great way for a person who enjoys singing to have an opportunity to both use and improve their skills,” says Dr. Osteen-Petreshock.  “It's also a great way to meet other people who enjoy making music.”

To register for one of these vocal performance opportunities, contact an academic advisor. These classes have an extended registration period, so students who are not able to register before the semester begins are still welcome to join during the first part of the semester. 

For more information about the CAC choral program or to arrange an audition for Desert Dissonance, contact Dr. Osteen-Petreshock by phone at 520-560-5779 or by email at

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