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For Immediate Release: May 20, 2010
Contact: Jen Rogers, 480-204-0101
Office: 602-253-2224


Grant to fund four years of Phoenix Chorale’s West Valley Concert Series

(Phoenix, AZ) Hot on the heels of a very successful spring fund drive that netted over $40,000, the Phoenix Chorale has just been awarded a grant from the Sundome Performing Arts Association (SPAA) in the amount of $100,000.

This SPAA grant is one of 25 awards being presented to arts organizations primarily located in the Northwest Valley as part of SPAA’s “Grants for the Arts” program which was purposed with building a lasting legacy for the Northwest Valley’s fine arts community and to fill the void left by the closing of the Sundome Center for the Performing Arts.

SPAA handed out over $2 million in grants in one day at the Briarwood Country Club in Sun City West, AZ. On hand to receive the award for the Phoenix Chorale was Executive Director Joel Rinsema, Board President Loral Deatherage and Director of Marketing & Communications Jen Rogers.

“This is the largest grant we’ve ever received. This grant will go a long way in solidifying our concert series in the West Valley and expanding our ‘25 & Under Free’ campaign,” said Joel Rinsema. “We are looking forward to seeing the series grow over the next four years.”

Performing arts groups receiving grants located in the northwest valley include Theater Works, Chamber Music West, Sonoran Sounds Women’s Chorale, and West Valley Chorale among others.  Additional grantees in the northwest valley include several schools, libraries, committees and education programs. These grants will support programs to enrich the lives of young residents and further educational performing arts programs, scholarships and training, instrument acquisition and much more. Only a few organizations from across the Phoenix-metro area received grants including the Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, Phoenix Opera, The Phoenix Symphony, Ballet Arizona and the Phoenix Chorale.

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 Phoenix Chorale is dedicated to the creation and performance of new music, intermingled with more traditional concert literature.  This season the Phoenix Chorale, formerly known as the Phoenix Bach Choir, celebrates its 51st Anniversary.

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About SPAA: In the 25 plus year history of the Sundome Performing Arts Association (SPAA), no event has been more important in terms of the impact it will have on the arts in the northwest valley. In one day, over 2 million dollars has been given away by SPAA in the form of grants to 25 local non-profit organizations. The program, named “GRANTS FOR THE ARTS”, is the final charitable act of the group of volunteers that served the Sun Cities communities when the Sundome Theatre was open from 1980 to 2008. The purpose of the “GRANTS FOR THE ARTS” program is to distribute funding to create a lasting legacy for the northwest valley’s fine arts community. Many of the planned performance programs and events of these 25 organizations will fill the void in entertainment programming left by the closing of the Sundome.  Some will also enrich the lives of young residents with legacy building performing arts educational programs, scholarships and training, instrument acquisition and much, much more.


About the Phoenix Chorale: The Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale is regarded as one of the finest professional choral ensembles in America and is equally dedicated to the creation and performance of new music, which it intermingles with more traditional concert literature. Audiences around the world have been treated to the sounds of the Chorale through live performances across the United States and in Canada, and in live broadcasts and recordings on radio stations across the globe. In 2004, the Phoenix Chorale became the first North American choir to release an album on Chandos Records, one of the largest independent classical record labels in the world.  The Phoenix Chorale’s newest solo recording, Spotless Rose (released in 2008), received a Grammy Award nomination for ‘Best Classical Album’ and won a Grammy for ‘Best Small Ensemble Performance.’ Rheinberger: Sacred Choral Works is the Phoenix Chorale’s third joint-recording in a series of albums on Chandos with the Kansas City Chorale and received two Grammy Award nominations including ‘Best Choral Performance’ and ‘Best Surround Sound.’ Two other joint-recordings have been released on Chandos, the first in the series is Eternal Rest (2005) followed by Grechaninov: Passion Week which received Grammy Award nominations in 2007 for ‘Best Classical Album,’ ‘Best Choral Performance,’ ‘Best Surround Sound Album,’ and won a Grammy Award for ‘Best Engineered Album, Classical.’ In its 51-year history, the Phoenix Chorale’s conductors have included Millicent Wesley (the Chorale’s first conductor from 1958), Wallace Hornibrook, Dan Durand, Vance George, Anders Öhrwall, Jon Washburn, and Charles Bruffy. The Phoenix Chorale, ensemble-in-residence at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Phoenix, is sponsored in part through grants and funding from Cathedral Arts, Arizona Commission on the Arts, the City of Phoenix’s Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Quail Distributing. More information is available at

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