Phoenix Boys Choir Welcomes New Executive Director, Mitra Khazai

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Scottsdale, AZ (October 14, 2019) – The Phoenix Boys Choir announces the appointment of Mitra Khazai to the Executive Director position beginning October 14th. Ms. Khazai was chosen as the ideal person to lead the Choir after an extensive search. “Mitra Khazai brings the skills, experience and leadership that the Phoenix Boys Choir needs right now and we are thrilled to have her join our team. Her work to support the vision of our new Artistic Director, Herbert Washington, will set the stage for an exciting and growth-filled future for the Phoenix Boys Choir,” said Brandi Reynolds, Chair of the Board of Trustees.

Mitra Khazai has significant non-profit expertise in marketing, development, and management. Ms. Khazai is a founder of the non-profit organization, Family Promise – Greater Phoenix, a homeless family service provider. She also led a Southwest regional environmental nonprofit. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations over the years on capacity building and program development, strategic planning, and board recruitment and training. She also worked in state government policy, environmental and economic development fields in three states. In Illinois, she served as Governor James R. Thompson’s Executive Assistant for Natural Resources and staffed Governor Jim Edgar’s natural resources transition team. In Arizona, she worked in business development at the Arizona Department of Commerce, marketing the state nationally and internationally.

She has served on the Madison Elementary School District governing board since 2015 and is well informed of the challenges and opportunities Arizona public schools have in their choral arts programming. As a former parent of a Phoenix Boys Choir member, she has been an advocate and supporter of the choir and its mission.

Ms. Khazai shared, “I witnessed personally the difference Phoenix Boys Choir made in my son’s life and am thrilled to have the opportunity to help other boys and young men receive the same gift. While the Phoenix Boys Choir has a tremendous international reputation, it is one of the Valley’s best kept secrets. We are ready to better share with our community the unique opportunity the Phoenix Boys Choir can provide to boys and young men ages 7-18 in helping them develop character and critical skills that will benefit them the rest of their lives, along with giving them the lifelong skill of choral singing.”

Artistic Director, Herbert Washington said, “Mitra is a true champion of the Arts, passionate advocate of Education, and revered for her Leadership throughout the community. Through this significant search process, I am extremely thrilled to have gained a detail-oriented and supportive partner, whose concerted efforts, will compliment and drive the vision focused on serving our young boys to Men throughout the valley, but also propel the Phoenix Boys Choir to the forefront of male choral youth ensembles globally.”

The Phoenix Boys Choir season opens Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Central United Methodist Church. For this 72nd premiere season, join us as we welcome our new Artistic Director, Mr. Herbert Washington, and dive into the hearts of humanity. Tragedy, trials, and tribulations are common factors that plague us all in life, but this concert will shed light on the darkness we endure daily and provide empowerment in the face of adversity. We are excited to present an eclectic set of pieces from classical to barbershop. Our Annual Gala, scheduled for Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, will feature a “Roaring ‘20s” theme. For Gala and concert ticket details and information on our entire season, please visit www.boyschoir.org or call (602) 264-5328.

About Phoenix Boys Choir

Founded in 1947, the Phoenix Boys Choir, has programs featuring training in voice, music theory, and performance for boys age 7-18. The Phoenix Boys Choir, through educating boys in the art of singing and performing the finest music in the boy choir tradition, develops character, discipline, leadership, global awareness, and a strong commitment to excellence, thereby contributing to the greater Phoenix musical life and enhancing Arizona’s cultural reputation nationally and internationally. Visit online at www.boyschoir.org for more information and a complete list of ways to support the Phoenix Boys Choir.

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