Phoenix Symphony Chorus

“The Phoenix Symphony Chorus was outstanding—robust and riveting.”

Herbert Paine, BWW Reviews (review of 2014 performance of Carmina burana)

"The Phoenix Symphony Chorus... displays an excellent sense of sustained lines with cohesive power and precision."

Christian Dalzon, (review of 2013 performance of Cantata Criolla by Antonio Estevez)

"The chorus, especially, has become in recent years one of the gems of Phoenix's cultural scene. It is a great chorus."

Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic

About the Chorus
Founded in 2001, the Chorus serves as a professional-level performing partner for Arizona's only full-time orchestra. The Chorus is comprised of over 140 volunteers and is governed by its own members in partnership with the Chorus Master and The Phoenix Symphony staff. Chorus members collectively donate more than 12,000 hours of service to music and The Phoenix Symphony each year. 

The Chorus joins the Symphony for several concerts each season with performances ranging from audience favorites such as Orff's Carmina Burana and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony to exciting works rarely performed in the U.S. such as Estevez' Cantata Criolla and Kodaly's Psalmus Hungaricus. The Chorus also regularly participates in the Symphony's Pops series, helping bring to life music from Broadway, Hollywood and even video games. Annual highlights for the Chorus include the Symphony's Holiday Pops concert and Handel's Messiah. This season, the Chorus will also perform with the Symphony for the second time in concert with Andrea Bocelli.

In April 2015, the Chorus traveled to New York City to participate in a festival chorus performing Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Dr. Thomas Bookhout. The concert also featured Dr. Bookhout and The Phoenix Symphony Chorus performing Pilgrims' Hymn by Stephen Paulus and Psalm of Ascension, a newly commissioned piece by composer Dan Forrest.

The Phoenix Symphony Chorus is led by Chorus Master Dr. Thomas Bookhout, and is joined in rehearsals by Larry Loeber, a regular pianist for The Phoenix Symphony. 

The Staff


Thomas Bookhout, Chorus Master  
Larry Loeber


Larry Loeber, Collaborative Pianist   

The Phoenix Symphony Chorus Members
Pam Banning, Paula Barr, Maria Bartoli, Mary Brockmeier, Marilyn Cage, Julia Cary, Tia Coates, Sara Cooper, Erin Entringer, Susan Weil Ernst, Brittanie Fain, Jennifer Franz, Wendy Gould, Laura Graviss, Laurent Heidmann, Midge Holley, Gina Hupton, Katie Jones, Lorna Kertesz, Joanna Lawson, Dana Linder, Adriana Martinez, Sarah Matz, Stephanie Medema, Ryan Milkwick, Susie Phillips, Jennifer Pigeon, Margorie Reiter, Kendra Roberts, Jennifer Schaeffer, Rachel Schroeder, Ruth Sikorski, Katelyn Skoda, Susan Starbuck, Kathryn Stewart, Robin Stinnett, Paula Strano-Isobe, Norma Jean Strickland, Emily Toensing, Diane VanDyke, Stephanie Vargas, Barbara Welsh, Kristen Wolpert, Diane Woodyard, Chi-Long Yu

Emily Axen, Shelly Baer, Rebecca Barry, Alice Berry, Marilou Baxter, Melissa Berman, Jeanna Bookhout, Melanie Brown, Jane Calhoun, Maria Cepeda, Annette Economides, Betty Erickson, Amy Friesen, Kay Hanson, Emily Hosner, Melinda Iyer, Kathryn James, Bonnie Kasten, Claudia Kennedy, Jane Kniffen, Marilyn Kredel, Susan Kujawski, Peggy Linkin, Sharon Murry, Mindy Nolls, Elizabeth Rosensteel, Jennifer Schwarz, Ivylyn Scott, Grace Sherman, Jan Snesrud, Lynne Traverse, Laura Valenzuela, Patricia Walsh, Shannon Wampler, Christine Young

Joel Auernheimer, Jerry Cook, Dennis Dahlen, Joe David, Steve Donohue, Sam Eveleno, David Grove, Bob Goulstone, Michael Hegeman, Steve Hwang, Lynn Jech, Rodney Jee, Tim Kellar, Ralph Klingensmith, Bruce Little, Dan Morson, Jerry Palmer, Dan Russ, Jesse Schwarz, Craig Spaulding, Richard Turasky, Andy Vaught, Travis Watkins, David Weaver

Wayne Baxter, Tim Brunty, Michael Capra, Thomas Clark, Denny Coiro, Hayes Conner, Tom Cunningham, Ellwood Cushman, Peter Decker, Gary Ehlers, Russ Ernst, Sean Gardner, Jim Grab, Richard Guerra, Dana Graybeal, John Halliburton, Gary Hubartt, Chris Johnsten, David Kahrs, Huntington Keith, Peter Kyhn, William Lynn, Brian Matas, Craig Petty, Vic Quiros, Warren Riggers, Peter Roe, Daniel Rue, Mark Sims, John Smith, Arlin Snesrud, William Stinnett, Bill Trejbal, John Vousden, Richard Williams

Next On-Site Audition Date:
August 17 by invitation only. See the following instructions. 

Audition Requirements:
New members of the Chorus are selected by audition, as openings in the Chorus allow. At the present time, the Chorus will be auditioning for the following voices for the upcoming season:

  • Soprano
  • Alto
  • Tenor
  • Bass 

Experienced singers over the age of 18 who can read music are invited to audition. Singers who are selected for the Chorus are expected to participate in all rehearsals and performances of the season. The audition process is as follows:

  1. Indicate your desire to audition for the Chorus by completing the online Prospective Member Information Form and emailing the following to Materials should be received no less than two weeks before a scheduled on-site audition date. TPSC cannot guarantee that materials received after that date can be scheduled for an audition.
    A.) Email a brief note of introduction, highlighting your singing and other musical experience and training. (You will have a chance to provide more detail in the Prospective Member Information Form)
    B.) Attach a brief audio or video sample, or include a YouTube link to a video of yourself singing alone.
    *You may submit a recording in any digital format, no longer than 4 minutes in length, recorded using a video camera, your computer camera, or even your phone's camera. The quality only needs to be of sufficient quality to reasonably represent your voice. Make sure your voice can be heard clearly on the recording.  
    *Perform an art song, aria, folk song, or hymn (not pop, jazz or Broadway songs) in any language, with or without accompaniment.
    *Perform in the vocal range for which you wish to be considered in the Chorus. (e.g. very high for Soprano 1, very low for Bass 2). 
  2. The Chorus Master will review the submitted recording and Prospective Member Information Form, and will extend invitations for on-site auditions to qualified singers.
  3. During a 10-15 minute on-site audition, the singer will be asked to perform a prepared solo, to sight sing and to demonstrate his/her voice in simple vocalizing excercises. A professional pianist is provided during the audition to play the piano part of any vocal solo.
  4. The Chorus Master will re-hear members of the Chorus each  year at his discretion.

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