Charles Bruffy in St. John's, 2016
Charles Bruffy, Grammy Award-winning conductor
The Bruneau Centre for Excellence in Choral Music (BCECM) was pleased to host the residency of Charles Bruffy, one of the most admired choral conductors in the United States. Mr. Bruffy offered workshops to community and church choirs over a period of four days starting Thursday, January 21, 2016, culminating with a mass choir event on Sunday, January 24.
Seven community choirs, five church choirs, and MUN's Chamber Choir and Festival Choir participated in the workshops.
The Grammy Award-winning conductor Charles Bruffy began his career as a tenor soloist, performing with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in recordings as well as concerts in France and at Carnegie Hall. He has been artistic director of the Kansas City Chorale since 1988, the Phoenix Chorale since 1999, chorus director for the Kansas City Symphony Chorus since 2008, as well as the director of music at Rolling Hills Church since 1994. Bruffy conducts workshops and clinics across the U.S., including teaching at the Westminster Choir College Summer Conducting Institute since 2006. In the summer of 2013, Bruffy was involved with The Anúna International Choral Summer School in Dublin, Ireland, and in 2014 conducted the Kansas City Chorale in performance at the Association of Canadian Choral Communities convention in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Bruffy is a member of the Advisory Boards of the Atlanta Young Singers of Callenwolde and WomenSing in the San Francisco Bay area, and has served on the Board of Chorus America for seven years. Bruffy holds a Masters Degree in Conducting from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Bruffy is renowned for his fresh and passionate interpretations of standards of the choral repertoire, and for championing new music. HIs eclectic discography includes six recordings with Nimbus Records and seven recordings with Chandos Records. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences has recognized four of these recordings with a total of 10 Grammy nominations and four Grammy wins, most recently in 2012 for Best Choral Performance for “Life and Breath: Choral Works by René Clausen” featuring the Kansas City Chorale.
According to Jakub Martinec, Director of the BCECM, Charles Bruffy "is an exceptional choral conductor, respected all over the world. We are fortunate to be able to welcome him to St. John’s.”
The project was sponsored by the School of Music and the Bruneau Centre for Excellence in Choral Music (BCECM) whose mandate is to promote research and community projects that seek to understand, encourage and enhance the powerful impact that choral singing can have on individuals and communities.
[Photo credits: (top) Cantus Vocum Chamber Choir in workshop with Charles Bruffy. Photo by Jakub Martinec. (bottom) Courtesy of Charles Bruffy.]