Phoenix Chorale conducts national search to replace president & CEO

Joel Rinsema, who served as president and CEO of the Phoenix Chorale for 15 years, has resigned to focus his full attention on responsibilities as artistic director and conductor of the Denver-based choral ensemble Kantorei.

Jen Rogers (Photo by Tim Trumble)

Jen Rogers (Photo by Tim Trumble)

Mr. Rinsema was named to the Kantorei position at the start of the 2014-15 Season and has been splitting his time with the Phoenix Chorale.

To ensure a smooth transition, the Phoenix Chorale Board of Directors has appointed Jen Rogers as interim president & CEO. Ms. Rogers also will continue handling responsibilities as vice president of marketing and communications.

The Phoenix Chorale board plans to conduct a national search for a permanent replacement.

“Joel Rinsema dedicated nearly a quarter of a century to the Phoenix Chorale, first as a singer, as assistant conductor, and for nearly 15 years as the leader of the organization,” said Phoenix Chorale Board Chair April Jones.

“He is a passionate advocate for both the professional choral art form and for the Phoenix Chorale. We wish him great success in his new venture.”

During Mr. Rinsema’s 23-year tenure, he served in nearly every capacity from singer to CEO. Under his leadership, the Phoenix Chorale experienced significant artistic and organizational successes including winning two Grammy Awards and receiving eight Grammy nominations.

“Joel has given his heart to our organization and we are all very grateful for his dedication and meaningful contributions on both administrative and artistic levels,” said Phoenix Chorale Artistic Director Charles Bruffy.

“And while we will really miss his exceptional spirit, the Chorale will continue to strive for our goals of perfection and providing our audiences the highest artistic experience.”

Jen Rogers’s affiliation with the Phoenix Chorale began in 2006 as a public relations consultant. During her tenure with the organization, the patron experience has been overhauled with new box office practices and improvements to front of house production, and ticket sales have increased 75 percent.

With over a decade in arts management experience, she has worked with a variety of musical ensembles and record labels from jazz to classical. Prior to joining the Phoenix Chorale, she managed public relations and marketing for The Phoenix Symphony – Arizona’s largest performing arts organization.

She currently also serves as an associate director on the board for Jazz in AZ and volunteers for Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children.

The 2015-16 season begins Oct. 16-18 with a grand masterwork, “Brahms Requiem,” also known as Ein deutsches Requiem or “A German Requiem,” and using the composer’s own transcription for piano four hands.

Three performances will follow: “A Chorale Christmas” with music by John Tavener, Javier Busto, Eriks Ešenvalds, and more, Dec. 18-22; “American Folk” featuring songs from Aaron Copland to Dolly Parton and James Taylor to Simon & Garfunkel, March 4-6; and “Big Blue Marble,” an experience of the elements of life through the music of Samuel Barber, Frank Ticheli Eric Whitacre, and more.

Tickets go on sale in early September. For more information, visit www.phoenixchorale.org.

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