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Phoenix Symphony Chorus

“The Phoenix Symphony Chorus was outstanding—robust and riveting.” – Herbert Paine, BWW Reviews

“The Phoenix Symphony Chorus… displays an excellent sense of sustained lines with cohesive power and precision.” – Christian Dalzon, 

“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 100 volunteers and is governed by its own members in partnership with the Chorus Master and The Phoenix Symphony. 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 numerous concerts each season with performances ranging from audience favorites such as Orff’s Carmina Burana and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 to exciting works rarely performed in the U.S. such as Estevez’s Cantata Criolla and Kodaly’s Psalmus Hungaricus. The Chorus also regularly participates in the Symphony’s pops series as well, 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. The Chorus has twice performed with the Symphony in concert with Andrea Bocelli.

The Chorus has recently performed at Carnegie Hall, where it premiered Dan Forrest’s Psalm of Ascension, and as far away as Vienna and Salzburg, Austria. The annual solo performance by the Chorus has become a local highlight of the Phoenix Symphony season.

The Phoenix Symphony Chorus has been led by Chorus Master Dr. Thomas Bookhout since 2012, and is joined in rehearsals by Larry Loeber, a regular pianist for The Phoenix Symphony.

2022-23 Season Auditions 

Visit The Phoenix Symphony Chorus website for 2022-23 audition details.

The Staff

Thomas Bookhout, Chorus Master 
Larry Loeber 
Larry Loeber, Collaborative Pianist 




The Phoenix Symphony Chorus

Christina Anderson
Wayne Baxter
Pam Banning
Ken Ackley
Lisa AutreyDarrin BergstadMaria BartoliScott Alexander
Marilou BaxterTim BruntyMelanie BristolJoel Auernheimer
Jeanne BookhoutMarcus ChildsMary BrockmeierJaspreet Bains
Jane CalhounDenny CoiroMelanie BrownJerry Cook
Maria CepedaTom CunninghamMarilyn CageRodale Cooley
Jean CutlerEllwood CushmanTia CoatesBill Cooper
Annette EconomidesPeter DeckerSara CooperJoseph David
Sarah FeuerbornRuss ErnstLeslie EllingsonMatt Denison
Amy FriesenJoel GarciaErin EntringerStephen Donohue
Maria GarciaSean GardnerSusan ErnstBen Ebel
Emily HosnerDavid GettsKaylynne FoxLynn Havens
Kelsey Ishimatsu JacobsonDana GraybealJennifer FranzMichael Hegeman
Melinda IyerJohn HalliburtonEmma GiffenCaleb Heithoff
Claudia KennedyPatrick HartleyWendy GouldSteve Hwang
Jane KniffenGary HubartInice HahnkeLynn Jech
Susan KujawskiRodney JeeColleen HickeyJoshua McCarthy
Erica LewisDavid KahrsMidge HolleyTaylor McMurray
Kari LitteerBrian MatasGina HuptonMichael Millis
Karen MartinCasey MickelsonKatie JonesGerald Palmer
Mindy NollsVic QuirosLorna KerteszDaniel Russ
Karissa NoonanDan RueJoanne LawsonJosiah Sanchez
Suzannah ParksMatthew SiebertCarah MollerupDavid Schwarz
Susie PhillipsMark SimsMarjorie ReiterJesse Schwarz
Dawn RollandBill StinnettJenn SchaefferCraig Spaulding
Lisa Rolland-KeithBill TrejbalRachel SchroederAndy Vaught
Jennifer SchwarzCharles VallelongaStephanie SeiglaPatrick Williams
Ivylyn ScottAaron VillalobosRyann Spake 
Grace ShermanJohn VousdenSusan Starbuck 
Diana StockerRick WilliamsRobin Stinnett 
Lynne Traverse Paula Strano Isobe 
Kari Weldon Katherine Stremel 
  Norma-Jean Strickland 
  Jodi Swanson 
  Diane VanDyke 
  Barbara Welsh 
  Kirsten Wolpert 
  Diane Woodyard 

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