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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

The Phoenix Symphony Chorus was founded in 2001 as the resident performing partner of Arizona’s only full-time orchestra. The Chorus is comprised of 120 skilled volunteer members from all walks of life, chosen through a competitive audition process. The Chorus rehearses weekly throughout the performance season, and its members collectively donate more than 12,000 hours of service to music and The Phoenix Symphony each year. 

The Symphony 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 Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast, Estevez’ 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 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 also has given its own concerts at Carnegie Hall, where it premiered Dan Forrest’s Psalm of Ascension, and as far away as Vienna and Salzburg, Austria. Solo performances by the Chorus, conducted by the Chorus Master, have 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 Lawrence Loeber, a regular pianist for The Phoenix Symphony. 

The Staff

The Phoenix Symphony Chorus


Karli Anderson
Cami Anglemyer
Marilou Baxter
Janeen Bonine
Kristi Christian
Anne  Coryell
Annette Economides
Isabel Evans
Payton Gunderson
Julie Hale
Emily Heckle
Elaine Hock
Emily Langowitz
Erica  Lewis 
Karen Matas
Mindy Nolls
Mary Beth Orson
Susie Phillips
Lisa Rolland-Keith
Jennifer  Schwarz 
Valarie Vousden
Kari Weldon
Lisa Autrey
Jeanne Bookhout
Jane Calhoun
Debra Congram
Angel Falkner
Abigail Fouts
Amy Friesen
Maria Garcia
Jane Kniffen
Susan Kujawski
Karissa Noonan
Tiffany Regal
Mary Segall
Shelby Smith
Lynne Traverse


Darrin Bergstad
Samuel Conner
Tom Cunningham
Joel  Garcia
Dana Graybeal
Gary Hubartt
David Kahrs
Brian Matas
Casey Mickelson
James Rhodenhiser
John Smith
William Stinnett
Mark Thomas
Aaron Villalobos
John Vousden
Rick Williams
Gordon Zaft
Wayne Baxter
Tim Brunty
Raymond Cusick
Russ Ernst
David Getts
Ben Piburn
Peter Roe
Dan Rue
Matthew Siebert
Mark Sims
Logan Smith
Bill Trejbal
Rodney Jee
Robert Wilkinson


Maria Bartoli
Mary Brockmeier
Tia Coates
Ashlee Davis
Erin Entringer
Jennifer Franz
Katie Gonzalez
Wendy  Gould
Gina Hupton
Caroline Orson
Lexie Rice
Anastasia Swing
Kirsten  Wolpert
Melanie Brown
Vanessa  Caramberis
Gail Chandler
Sara Cooper
Susan Ernst
Kaylynne Fox
Inice Hahnke
Midge Holley
Katie Jones
Lorna Kertész
Lindsay Killian
Allison  Lambert
Anna Martinez
Marjorie Reiter
Jenn Schaeffer
Samantha Steward
Robin Stinnett
Norma-Jean Strickland
Coleen  Van Slyke
Diane VanDyke
Danielle Petroniero-Klein
Diane Woodyard


Taylor Anderson
Jerry Cook
Rodale  Cooley 
Chad Merrell
Michael Millis
Josiah Sanchez
Andrew Saylor
Dennis Zhang
Joel Auernheimer
Roger Chandler
Matt Denison
Ben Ebel
Erik Ellsworth
Joshua Greer
Stephen Hwang
Tim Kellar
Tracey Monroe
Gerald Palmer
Brian Puskarczyk
Jesse Schwarz
David Schwarz
Jason St. Claire
James Stirling 
Rob Swanson



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