The Arizona Masterworks Chorale (AMC) is a chorus of skilled musicians with passions for artistic excellence, sharing the joy of choral artistry and enriching the cultural quality of life in Arizona through memorable performances of a wide range of choral music, Classical to Contemporary.
The Arizona Masterworks Chorale is an equal opportunity, non-profit corporation committed to serving a diverse population.
DR. WILLIAM A. GLEASON received a D.M.A. In Choral Music from Arizona State University. He also holds a B.S. in Music Education and an M.M.A. in Choral Conducting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Gleason taught vocal and general music for ten years in Illinois at both the junior high and high school levels. After serving as a graduate teaching assistant at Arizona State University for two years, he has taught at Chandler - Gilbert Community College and the Avondale Elementary School District. He currently serves as Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Sun City. Dr. Gleason has served as choral director at churches in Illinois and Arizona for over twenty years and conducted the Choralaires of Phoenix men’s chorus. As a choral singer, Dr. Gleason has traveled extensively including trips to Carnegie Hall in New York, Mexico City, and Europe on concert tours. He has also served as a clinician and adjudicator in Illinois and Arizona.
KENT TROSTEL joined Arizona Masterworks Chorale as accompanist at the beginning of the 2000-2001 season. He performed with the Chorale at Constitution Hall in 2004, representing Arizona at the World War II Memorial Dedication Celebration in Washington, D.C., and in Krakow, Poland for the Chorale’s 2006 Eastern Europe Concert Tour. Born in Springfield, Ohio, Mr. Trostel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. As a freshman at Peabody fulfilling his work-study requirement, Kent performed in the esteemed Conductors’ Orchestra for the conducting studio of Frederick Prausnitz. Kent has performed with many prominent organizations throughout Arizona, including the Grand Canyon Men’s Chorale, the West Valley Chorale, Mesa Symphony, the Chandler Symphony, and Arizona Broadway Theater. Mr. Trostel recently presented a concert of original works with vocalist Kristen Drathman, violinist Katrina Becker, and Audrey Miller, clarinet. Photograph: Kent Trostel, Mary Ann Dutton and Allen Dutton.
MARY ANN DUTTON, d. 2016, was the founder of Arizona Masterworks Chorale. She was the director of the Chorale from its inception in 1979 until 2007. She is Professor of Music Emeritus at Glendale Community College and was affiliated with Rio Salado Community College. Her credentials include study in conducting with Robert Shaw and Margaret Hillis. She received degrees from Arizona State University and did graduate study at Northwestern University. Ms. Dutton has served on the boards of the Arizona Opera Company, the National Opera Association, and the Flagstaff Festival of the Arts. She has directed international tours and conducted the BBC Concert and Flagstaff Festival Orchestras. Mrs. Dutton served on the Board of Directors of the National Society of Arts and Letters.
Since 1979, The Arizona Masterworks Chorale has thrilled audiences with their devotion to – and love for – excellent choral music. In London, Munich, Carnegie Hall, Washington, DC and Valley-wide, the group has been recognized for both the quality of our performances and the breadth of their presentations.
The Chorale was affiliated with the Phoenix Symphony from 1979 to 1996, and for ten seasons, the Chorale performed with the Flagstaff Festival of the Arts Orchestra. Other significant venues included the BBC Concert Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall and the Bavarian State Radio Orchestra in Munich. Those concerts were broadcast throughout Europe.
On three occasions, The Arizona Masterworks Chorale performed in New York City’s Carnegie Hall at the invitation of New York Pops’ founder and musical director, Skitch Henderson. One special performance was at the celebration commemorating Carnegie Hall’s 100th anniversary. In May 2004, the Chorale was proud to represent the State of Arizona at the Dedication of the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. Then, in May 2006, the group traveled to Prague, Krakow and Vienna in celebration of the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth.
In May 2014 AMC performed John Rutter’s “Gloria” with the Chandler Symphony Orchestra, directed by Dr. Zheng.
Dr. Willam A. Gleason
We rehearse Monday evenings
Aldersgate United Methodist Church
3530 N. 32nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85018
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The Arizona Masterworks Chorale is supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.