The Phoenix Boys Choir announces the appointment of Kristen Bruskas as their new Executive Director beginning September 2, 2014. Bruskas was chosen as the ideal person to lead the Choir after an extensive search was conducted. “Kristen Bruskas is a wonderful addition to the Phoenix Boys Choir team. Her combination of experience, enthusiasm and love for the arts will take us to new heights,” says Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Jae Christensen.
Kristen Bruskas has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years, holding various positions in marketing, development and administration. She has a passion for music as well, previously serving as a part-time choir director for 25 years, and also establishing the position of Performing Arts Director for the Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley. Bruskas has also held positions at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Scottsdale, Arizona Opera and, most recently, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco. She was previously affiliated with the Phoenix Boys Choir in the early 1990s, serving on the Board of Trustees when the Choir acquired its current building at 1131 E. Missouri Ave. Artistic Director Georg Stangelberger stated, “I am excited to be working with someone who has known the choir for such a long time having been a former Board Member and who has such extensive experience in the Phoenix arts community.”
Bruskas’ appointment follows the successful tenure of Kathryn Murphy who has been guiding the organization as Interim Executive Director since April 2013 after the resignation of long-time Executive Director Dick Bowers.
“I am honored to accept this new responsibility and share my skills and talents with such an esteemed organization as the Phoenix Boys Choir. Having been a long-time resident in the Valley, the Phoenix Boys Choir has a reputation of excellence and I am committed to the growth of the choir both in terms of musical participation and with regard to community support and engagement,” Bruskas stated.
The Phoenix Boys Choir season opens with the popular Thursday Concert Series beginning September 25. Three main concerts will be performed throughout the Choir’s 66th season, starting with “A Phoenix Boys Choir Holiday” running in December, “Crowning Glory” in February and “Winning Spirit” in May.
For more details, visit www.phoenixboyschoir.org or call (602) 264-5328.