The Phoenix Chorale has announced the five-year appointment of Christopher Gabbitas as new artistic director, beginning with the 2019-2020 season. Gabbitas succeeds Charles Bruffy, who led the choir from 1999 to 2017. The search process lasted nearly two years with applicants from across the U.S. and abroad.
A two-time Grammy Award-winning singer and former member of The King’s Singers, Gabbitas has toured the world, visiting more than 40 countries and performing almost 2,000 concerts. He appears on more than 30 albums with The King’s Singers, and served as a clinician in more than 500 masterclasses. As a managing partner for The King’s Singers and a qualified attorney, Gabbitas helped set up charitable foundations in both the U.K. and U.S. and worked to raise funds for numerous charities around the world.
As artistic director, Gabbitas will lead all artistic and creative aspects of the organization, building and expanding the Phoenix Chorale’s 60-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. His first concert series is scheduled for Oct. 18 – 20, 2019.
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