Executive Director and Assistant Conductor Joel Rinsema is in his eighteenth season with the Phoenix Chorale. Mr. Rinsema has served the Phoenix Chorale in a number of capacities, including the last ten years as Executive Director. He holds degrees from Arizona State University and Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington.
In addition to his work with the Phoenix Chorale, Mr. Rinsema is the Director of Music at Church of the Beatitudes United Church of Christ in Phoenix and is the founding chorusmaster of the Arizona Music Fest Chorus.
Mr. Rinsema is an accomplished conductor of major works for choir and orchestra and in the fall of 2002, he was one of eighteen conductors chosen nationally through audition to participate in master classes and workshops presented by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association and Chorus America. He and his wife Dana Bender, a soprano in the Phoenix Chorale, reside in Phoenix with their daughter Rachel and son Derek.