Bruffy, Charles

Charles Bruffy is one of the most admired choral conductors in the United States. He is respected and renowned for his fresh and passionate interpretations of standards of the choral repertory and for championing new music. A leading interpreter of new works for a cappella choir, he is dedicated to commissioning and premiering works by contemporary American composers. Recent commissions and premieres include works by Jean Belmont, Matthew Harris, Libby Larsen, Zhou Long, Stephen Paulus, Stephen Sametz, Steven Stucky, Eric Whitacre, and Chen Yi.

The Roger Dean Company, a division of The Lorenz Corporation, publishes a choral series under Bruffy's supervision specializing in music for professional ensembles and sophisticated high school and college choirs.

Bruffy has been Artistic Director of the Phoenix Bach Choir since 1999 and the Kansas City Chorale since 1988. A board member of Chorus America, he conducts workshops and clinics across the United States. Increasingly busy on the international scene, he most recently conducted performances of Verdi's Requiem in Australia's Sydney Opera House. Also an active tenor soloist, Bruffy performed with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in recordings and concerts in France and in concerts at Carnegie Hall. He is a featured soloist on the Robert Shaw release Appear and Inspire. Critics have anointed Bruffy as the next great American choral conductor. In 2005, Fanfare magazine called him "one of the next big things in American choral music."