The Grammy® Award-winning Phoenix Chorale, most recently under the direction of Artistic Director Charles Bruffy, is regarded as one of the finest choral ensembles in North America. The 28-voice chorus has developed this reputation through live performances across the U.S. and in Canada, along with a series of recordings treasured by music lovers and played by radio stations around the world including BBC Radio 3, Classic FM, Radio New Zealand, and more.
Originally called the Bach & Madrigal Society of Phoenix, the Phoenix Chorale was founded in 1958 in the living room of Drs. Hal & Timona Pittman and at that time focused on the music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Most recently, the Phoenix Chorale was known as the Phoenix Bach Choir, a name the group performed under for nearly twenty years.
What began in 1958 as a small study group of singers became a fully professional choir in 1992 made up of Arizona residents: highly educated and trained singers, teachers and professionals. In 2004, the Phoenix Chorale became the first North American choir to record for the U.K.’s Chandos Records and since then, the Chorale’s recordings have earned a total of ten Grammy® nominations and three Grammy® wins.
The Chorale’s most recent solo recording, Northern Lights: Choral Works by Ola Gjeilo, was the top selling title for Chandos in the US for 2012, climbed industry charts reaching #5 on the UK’s Gramophone Charts and #4 on the Billboard Charts and was also named “Best Classical Vocal Album of the Year” on iTunes Best of 2012. The newest addition to our discography was released in 2015, titled Rachmaninoff: All-night Vigil. Recorded with the Grammy-winning Kansas City Chorale, Rachmaninoff: All-night Vigil debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Traditional Classical chart and at #3 on Billboard’s Classical chart.
The Phoenix Chorale aims to be the preeminent model for American choral music by redefining standards of excellence and its mission is to enrich life through excellence and distinction in choral artistry. In our 59-year history, our conductors have included Millicent Wesley (the Chorale’s first conductor in 1958), Wallace Hornibrook, Dan Durand, Vance George, Anders Öhrwall, Jon Washburn, and Charles Bruffy.
The Phoenix Chorale, ensemble-in-residence at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Phoenix, is sponsored in part through grants, funding, and support from the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Arizona Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.