Dr. Thomas Bookhout Appointed as
The Phoenix Symphony’s Interim Chorus Master
PHOENIX – The Phoenix Symphony Association appointed Dr. Thomas Bookhout as its interim Chorus Master. Dr. Bookhout’s appointment is for the 2012/13 season.
“We are very excited to have someone with Thomas’s diverse background leading our chorus this season. Our full-time professional volunteer choir, which donates more than 12,000 hours of service to the Symphony each year, will reach new heights of musical excellence under the direction of Dr. Bookhout” says Jim Ward, The Phoenix Symphony’s President and CEO.
Bookhout has vast experience in the choral art, including symphony, opera, university, community, school, and church choruses. In addition to The Phoenix Symphony Chorus, Bookhout is the Director of Performing Arts at Scottsdale Christian Academy and the Sanctuary Choir Director at Camelback Bible Church, which performed a featured concert this summer at the AZ conference of the American Choral Directors Association and toured Poland in 2010. He is on the executive board of the AZ American Choral Directors Association and is a member of numerous professional organizations.
Dr. Bookhout draws on his experience as a conductor, educator, and administrator to produce consistently excellent choral ensembles that perform an extremely wide range of repertoire. Before moving to Phoenix nine years ago, Dr. Bookhout also served as Music Director of the Taghkanic Chorale (succeeding two internationally-known conductors, Johannes Somary and Dennis Keene, in that position), Director of Choral Activities at the University of Charleston (WV), Director of the Women’s Chorus and Assistant Conductor of the Concert Choir for the Arizona State University, Director of Music at The Stony Brook School (Long Island, NY), and headmaster of a private school in upstate New York.
See Dr. Bookhout and The Phoenix Symphony Chorus this season in Carmina Burana, The Planets – An HD Odyssey, Liszt’s Dante Symphony, Holiday Pops, and Handel’s Messiah.
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