Charles Bruffy Biography (Wikipedia)
Charles Bruffy (born 1958) is an American choral conductor. He is artistic director of the Kansas City Chorale in Kansas City, Missouri, and the Phoenix Chorale in Phoenix, Arizona, and is Chorus Director of the Kansas City Symphony. He lives in Kansas City and Phoenix.
Charles Bruffy received his bachelor's degree in piano performance from Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph, Missouri, and a master's degree in vocal performance from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri Kansas City. He received the Spotlight Alumni Award from the Conservatory of Music at UMKC's 1999 Alumni Awards Luncheon. He received the UMKC Class of 2016 Alumni Award for the Conservatory.
Bruffy began his career as a tenor soloist for Robert Shaw (conductor), performing with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers for recordings and concerts in France and at Carnegie Hall in New York. Mr. Shaw encouraged Mr. Bruffy's development as a conductor, and in 1996 he was invited by American Public Media's Performance Today to help celebrate Shaw's eightieth birthday with an on-air tribute. In 1999, The New York Times named Bruffy as the late Shaw's potential heir. Bruffy became Artistic Director of the Kansas City Chorale in 1988. He has been Director of Music at Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church since 1995. He took the reins as Artistic Director of the Phoenix Chorale in 1998, and as Chorus Director of the Kansas City Symphony Chorus in 2008.
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