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(Phoenix) The Grammy Award® Winning Phoenix Chorale announces its search for a new Executive Director to lead the business and development operations of the organization.  The Phoenix Chorale is looking for a dynamic, creative and energetic person to work alongside its  Artistic Director, Christopher Gabbitas, to provide visionary leadership and guide the Phoenix Chorale into the next decade and beyond.

“The Phoenix Chorale seeks an individual who has sound business acumen and extensive fundraising track record, a passion for music and education, is fully dedicated to fulfilling the mission and vision of the Chorale,” says Board Chair, Lynne Traverse.

Founded in 1958 as the Bach & Madrigal Society of Phoenix and later known as the Phoenix Bach Choir, the Phoenix Chorale became a fully professional choir in 1992.  The Phoenix Chorale aims to be the preeminent model for American choral music by redefining standards of excellence and enriching lives of its listeners through distinction in choral artistry. 

The Executive Director shares organizational leadership with the Artistic Director, recently appointed Christopher Gabbitas. Mr. Gabbitas has two Grammy Awards® and induction into the Gramophone Hall of Fame during his 15 year career with the King’s Singers.  As a member of the prestigious Kings Singers, Gabbitas has performed in nearly 2,000 concerts on six continents worldwide and recorded over 40 albums.  Gabbitas studied at Cambridge and Oxford as a choral scholar and is qualified as an attorney in London, UK.

Gabbitas aims to bring his international performing experience to his role as Artistic Director and embark on an ambitious program of recording over the next five years with the Phoenix Chorale.  In that regard Gabbitas said “in addition to sustaining and building local and national audiences, we seek to add international performances and media appearances as the Chorale builds to a goal of being recognized as America’s pre-eminent chamber choir, ambassadors for the American Choral Tradition and standard-bearers for the life-affirming power of choral music, creating art which builds a community through song.”

Gabbitas anticipates that the Chorale’s next Executive Director will be that person with significant experience in choral music and a proven track record of negotiating and delivering professional arts performances.

Search Committee members include:  Joseph Benesh, Executive Director, Arizona Citizens for the Arts;  Christopher Gabbitas, Artistic Director, The Phoenix Chorale; Christine Henry,  Project Manager for FIS and The Phoenix Chorale Volunteer; Cate Hinkle, Managing Director, TheaterWorks;  Mitra Khazai, Executive Director, The Phoenix Boys Choir; Jason Raetz, singer member of The Phoenix Chorale and educator; Gerald Sowers, retired engineer and Treasurer of The Phoenix Chorale Board of Directors; Lynne Traverse retired legal recruitment professional and Chair of The Phoenix Chorale; Committee Chair:  Mary K. Farrington-Lorch, Attorney, and Immediate Past Chair, TheaterWorks, Board member and Secretary The  Phoenix Chorale;  former Phoenix Boys Choir Board member.  Committee Advisors:  Kathryn Murphy, a non-profit arts leader and Independent Business Consultant

Those interested in applying for the Executive Director position should review the information found at or send email inquiries to