The TEN Tenors stop in Ames


Courtesy of Iowa State Center

The TEN Tenors on Broadway will be at Stephens Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.  March 13. Tickets can be purchased at the North entrance of Stephens Auditorium or online through Ticketmaster.

Nicole Presley

Singing songs from Broadway musicals and a few of their favorite songs since they began touring, The TEN Tenors from Australia present their tour The TEN Tenors on Broadway.

The TEN Tenors started in the 1990s when a popular TV station in Australia, Network Ten, hired 10 tenors from a local music academy to perform at an event. The show was well received so The TEN Tenors were booked for further shows.

The tenors have been touring ever since for the past 15 years and just as the name says, all of the members in the group since tenor.

“For a long time, what they try to do, [is] kind of show how big the tenor voice can be,” said Ben Clark, a member of the group. “A lot of people generally think of the word tenor and would assume immediately a fat Italian man in a tuxedo, and that’s not always necessarily the case. The tenor voice comes in many different shapes, sizes and forms.”

Clark has been a member of the TEN Tenors since 2008 right after he finished college, where he studied musical theater. Clark described The TEN Tenors as his professional debut.

“It was a great fit for me, you know? They needed tenors and I was one and I was fresh out of university at the time and it just was a great fit for me. Now six years later I’m still here,” Clark said.

Clark said in school he was the class clown who was always looking for attention.  He began singing lessons at about the age of 13 and performed his first musical also at the age of 13.

“I’ve always wanted to be an entertainer … My teachers and parents decided to put that [attention seeking] into a positive thing instead of always getting sent out of the classroom to the principals office for distracting people,” said Clark. 

The TEN Tenor’s tour started in January and continues until July. 

The TEN Tenors on Broadway will be at 7:30 p.m. March 13 at Stephens Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased at the North entrance of Stephens Auditorium or online through Ticketmaster.