Phoenix Chorale Celebrates 60th Anniversary

The Grammy Award-winning choir announces lineup of concerts for celebratory season

The Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale 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 played by radio stations around the world.

Originally called the Bach & Madrigal Society of Phoenix, the Phoenix Chorale was founded in 1958 in the living room of Drs. Hal and Timona Pittman and at that time focused on the music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

What began in 1958 as a small study group of singers became a fully professional choir in 1992 made up of Arizona residents who were 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 10 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 U.S. 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 its 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.

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.


The Phoenix Chorale celebrates its 60th anniversary with the following lineup of concerts:


Desert and Rivers 

Sept. 28, 2018, 7:30 p.m. – The Church of the Epiphany

Sept. 29, 2018, 7:30 p.m. – Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

Sept. 30, 2018, 3 p.m. – Camelback Bible Church


Mid-Century Modern

Oct. 26, 2018, 7:30 p.m. – American Lutheran Church

Oct.  27, 2018, 7:30 p.m. – Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

Oct.  28, 2018, 3 p.m. – Camelback Bible Church


A Chorale Christmas 

Dec. 14, 2018, 7:30 p.m. – American Lutheran Church

Dec. 15, 2018, 7:30 p.m. – Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

Dec. 16, 2018, 3 p.m. – La Casa de Cristo

Dec. 17, 2018, 7:30 p.m. – Camelback Bible Church

Dec. 18, 2018, 7:30 p.m. – Brophy Chapel


Pathways of Devotion 

Feb. 22, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – American Lutheran Church

Feb. 23, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – Episcopal Cathedral

Feb. 24, 2019, 3 p.m. – Camelback Bible Church


April 5, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – American Lutheran Church

April 6, 2019, 7:30 p.m. – Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

April 7, 2019, 3 p.m. – Camelback Bible Church


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