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Contact: Jen Rogers
Director of Marketing & Communications, Phoenix Chorale
480-204-0101 / jen@phoenixchorale.org


PHOENIX CHORALE TO RAISE “$30K IN 30 DAYS”
ALL DONATIONS DOUBLED UP TO $30,000

Generous donor steps forward to match all donations
dollar-for-dollar up to $30,000 from April 7 – May 6, 2012

(Phoenix, AZ ) – On Saturday, April 7, 2012, the Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale begins their annual spring fund drive titled “$30k in 30 Days.”  The “$30k in 30 Days” fund drive is an organization-wide effort to raise $30,000 in thirty days and concludes with the last concert of the year, “Modern Russia,” on Sunday, May 6, 2012. With the help of a generous donor, all donations made during the campaign will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $30,000.

“We are so excited about this year’s campaign. It’s a great opportunity for our supporters to double their impact by doubling their pledge,” said Executive Director Joel Rinsema. “Our wonderful singers are the driving force behind the success of our spring campaigns. They are so passionate about the art they make and it really shows.”

Last season’s spring fund drive, “$60k in 30 Days,” was an organization-wide campaign led by Phoenix Chorale singers, board and staff and focused on personal appeals using social media and online fundraising tools to make it possible to close the campaign with over $69,000 raised.

“As the singer representative to the Chorale’s Board, I’ve learned how critical donations are to the existence of our organization,” said Stephanie Stickford, Phoenix Chorale Alto and Singer Representative to the Board of Directors. “Over 50% of our budget comes from individual contributions. That’s a huge percentage.”

Contributions can be made by clicking on the “$30k in 30 Days” logo online at www.PhoenixChorale.org. All donations are tax deductible. The Phoenix Chorale is a 501(c)(3) non-profit performing arts organization.

The Phoenix Chorale is regarded as one of the finest professional choral ensembles in the world.  In the last two years its recordings have earned a combined total of eight Grammy Award nominations and two wins.  The Chorale is dedicated to the creation and performance of new music, mixed with more traditional concert literature.  For more information visit the Phoenix Chorale’s website at www.phoenixchorale.org or call 602-253-2224.

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About the Phoenix Chorale: Arizona’s professional choir, the GRAMMY® Award-winning Phoenix Chorale is the first North American choir to record for Chandos Records, having made its first appearance on the label in 2004 with Shakespeare in Song. The choir’s first joint recording with the Kansas City Chorale, Eternal Rest, was released in 2005. The second, of Grechaninov’s Passion Week, was released in 2007 and received GRAMMY® nominations in four categories, including Best Classical Album, Best Choral Performance, and Best Surround Sound Album, and won a GRAMMY® Award for Best Engineered Album, Classical. In 2008, the Chorale released Spotless Rose: Hymns to the Virgin Mary which received GRAMMY® Award nominations in two categories, including Best Classical Album, winning a GRAMMY® for Best Small Ensemble Performance. Also in 2008, the choir’s third joint recording with the Kansas City Chorale, a disc of sacred choral works by Rheinberger, was released and received GRAMMY® nominations for Best Choral Performance and Best Surround Sound. Audiences around the globe have enjoyed the sounds of the Phoenix Chorale also through broadcasts, including American Public Media’s ‘Performance Today’. In 2009, the choir made its New York debut with the Kansas City Chorale (also under the direction of Charles Bruffy) in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. The New York Times referred to the choirs’ ‘refined sound and elegant phrasing’ as well as ‘vivid intensity’, and praised the performance for its ‘buoyant pulse and energetic finesse’. Formerly known as the Phoenix Bach Choir, the Phoenix Chorale was founded in 1958 by Drs Hal and Timona Pittman. It originally focused on music of the Renaissance and baroque periods, but today is equally dedicated to the creation and performance of new music, which it intermingles with more traditional concert repertoire. www.phoenixchorale.org