For nearly two decades, our beloved Artistic Director, Charles Bruffy, has brought his unparalleled musicianship to the Phoenix Chorale. In celebration of Charles’ time with us, we invite you to take a moment and sign our guest book.
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The several times I was privileged to sing iunder your direction were very wonderful! THANK YOU!!
I first encountered the Phoenix Chorale at the joint presentation of the Rachmaninoff Vigil with the Kansas City Chorale in downtown Phoenix. Was hooked ever since. Over the years my friends and I have marveled at the creative programming and always superb interpretation of the works and themes presented. Also, I haven't heard this quality of tone from a choral group since I left St. Olaf a million years ago and heard the Ole Choir under Olaf Christiansen. We will truly miss you and the Friday night open rehearsals which always brought a smile or two.
Dear Charles! At the close of your time with the Phoenix Chorale, I’m full of gratitude for what you’ve achieved. Thank you for elegant and keenly observant performances of my music with the Chorale, for creating a sound that is always gorgeous, always refined. Thanks for revealing to me new insights about my own work through your interpretations. Thank you for the years of friendship and support. And yes, thanks for the surprise calls from those distant honor choir rehearsals! Blessings always in what lies ahead for you. JAC
We first met Charles at a horse barn, so the word "chorale" was spelled very differently! We are so very pleased to have that friendship extend to our relationship with the beauty of the Phoenix Chorale. Thank you Charles for all you mean to us, and best wishes as you travel forward. Much love, Jim & Debbie
I'll never forget my visit to Phoenix, where I got to attend a Phoenix Chorale concert - breathtaking and memorable, I'll remember it forever, with a gasp and a smile! Watching you and the singers in such powerful glorious harmony was a real treat! Thanks Charleson!
A certain little 1991 Miata hadn't been posted on the sales board for more than a few minutes before Joel arranged to see it and arrived bearing all recordings of the Phoenix Chorale. A fan was born. Musically? My favorite moment was having you belt out Ain't Got Time to Die--still can recall those goosebumps! Thanks for developing such a creative, joyful choral experience. It's been a pleasure.
You will be so sincerely missed. I had this feeling in my soul that some day you would leave Arizona and permanently return to Kansas City. I honestly feel sad, as though a life chapter is closing. I wish you the best for the remainder of your musical and personal endeavors. Arizona will not be the same without you.
Hi Charles..... I just got my ticket for the concert & can’t wait!
Thanks for making the world a better place through your musical leadership. Grateful to have had the opportunity to learn from you at WCC. Excited for you to begin this next chapter and look forward to seeing what you do next. Bravo, Bruffy!
Charles is a conducting mentor to me. I have learned a great deal just watching him work. Bravo to him for the excellence he demands, achieves, and helps others attain.
I just posted this on my Facebook page with David's 'youtube': This youtube is so beautiful....and David is amazing, holding back the tears! I am certainly taking a box of tissues to the finale: our so clever and talented and impish and delightful and superb conductor of Phoenix Chorale, Charles Bruffy, is going back to Kansas City. If it wasn't for the GRAMMY awards, and their incredible Chorale/Choir, we would be saying "who dat?" With love and peace ♥ Charles, you are an angel! Thank you forever....
For ten years, my mom JoAnn and I have experienced the waves of musical genius you and the singers of the Chorale have shared with us. We often felt our life stories were in synch with your music. The stacatto and harmony have infused us with hope as we faced cancer twice, broken hearts, job losses and bestly, survival and fresh starts. Singing was always a central part of our home growing up, so the musical magic of the Chorale strikes a chord in our hearts. We have come to love your affection for letting the last note carry on and on, with no sound of applause or even the chirp of a bird outside. So beloved Charles, we will quietly and softly let you have your last note. But please know, it will linger...on and on, with love.
You are the best thing about Phoenix: brilliant musicianship, prroducing satisfying concerts that made our hearts sing in harmony almost as close as the gorgeous sounds that you pulled from those amazing vocal artists. Your pixie sense of humor was dessert, delightful and sweet. What gifts will I give to my very good friends, now that you won't be supplying sheer bliss in neat little circular containers? You have no idea, Charles, how much you are loved, especially by the now-cane wielding audience who have grown old while you lit up our lives for whole seasons every year! Thank you.
Have loved KC Chorale & since living in PHX the wonderful PHX Chorale. Glad to hear that KC will still have Charles Bruffy and the amazing choral music ? he brings...
We’ve enjoyed watching you and the choir over the years. Your humor is contagious and appreciated. We will not forget this past Christmas, when everyone was feeling anxious about the changes happening in the world, and you had all of us sing Silent Night. That one moment of joined voices and spirits was needed more than you’ll ever know. You will be missed. Best of luck in K.C.
I have watched this wonderful guy for over ten years with the Phoenix Chorale. He has brought to the West something that shimmers, shines, and glorifies whether it is a message of peace, harmony, or glory. We will miss him. And I, personally, will follow him as he continues to bring us all the most beautiful choral sound to the world.
Charles, This is such a bitter sweet concert. I have thoroughly enjoyed your humor, talent, your interaction with everyone, your style, and the list continues. Please know that you will truly be missed. I'm embracing you in and with joy and happiness as you continue life's ventures.
Bravo Bruffy! I have to tell you that you have introduced me to the sublime! I never knew how magical, how beautiful, well trained and coordinated voices could be until I met your Phoenix Chorale. I have purchased 3 copies of the Northern Lights CD (I keep giving them away and needing to replace one for myself!). I will miss you, but I know that this group is fantastic and will continue to succeed. Thank You!!
Will really miss your great leadership of the chorale as well as your interaction with the audience! Wish you could stay!
Thank you for enhancing our lives with a little bit of heaven by sharing your music gifts!