The Phoenix Chorale is proud to announce the five-year appointment of Christopher Gabbitas as Artistic Director beginning with the 2019/20 Season. Gabbitas succeeds Charles Bruffy who led the choir from 1999 until 2017. Gabbitas’s appointment concludes a search process that lasted nearly two years with applicants from across the United States and abroad, and resulted in four finalists who each conducted concert programs in the Chorale’s recent 60th Anniversary Season.
A two-time Grammy Award-winning singer and former member of The King’s Singers, Christopher Gabbitas has toured the world visiting more than 40 countries and performing almost 2,000 concerts worldwide. Gabbitas appears on over 30 albums with The King’s Singers, and served as a clinician in over 500 masterclasses. As a managing partner for The King’s Singers and a qualified attorney, Gabbitas helped set up charitable foundations in both the UK and US and worked to raise funds for numerous charities around the world.
I am thrilled and honored to have been appointed as Artistic Director of the Phoenix Chorale, one of the very finest choral ensembles in North America. As a custodian of this important position, I look forward to working with the wonderful singers of the Chorale and communicating with audiences across the Valley and further afield, through live concerts and recordings. I’m also excited to be joining the wider Phoenix community and promoting the joy of singing and choral music as ambassador for the Chorale, in conjunction with CEO Jen Rogers. The Phoenix Chorale is a shining gem in the middle of the desert, and our mission is to ensure we raise our voices in song, reaching as many people as possible and spreading the wonder of live music to all who will listen.
— Christopher Gabbitas
A message from Christopher Gabbitas:
As Artistic Director, Gabbitas will lead all artistic and creative aspects of the organization, building and expanding the Phoenix Chorale’s sixty-year legacy through long-term planning and visioning, increasing visibility at home and abroad, expanding outreach opportunities, and increasing the capacity of the Chorale to reach a broader audience. Gabbitas’s first concert series as Artistic Director will take place October 18-20, 2019. He will initially divide his time between the US and the UK and anticipates a move to the US with his American wife, Stephanie, and three daughters, Bella, Lyra, and Ariana.
The Phoenix Chorale’s 2019/20 Season concert dates include October 18-20, 2019, December 13-17, 2019, February 28-29 & March 1, 2020, and April 24-26, 2020. The full concert season will be announced in the coming weeks.
Meet Christopher Gabbitas in this concert trailer from his concerts with the Chorale in February 2019: