GRAMMY®-Winner Charles Bruffy Receives Signature Sinfonian Award - Kansas City Chorale

Jesse Reyes and Gordon Zaft confer Phi Mu Alpha Signature Sinfonian Award on Charles Bruffy.
Jesse Reyes (L) of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America's Commission on Standards, and Gordon Zaft (R), Governor of Phi Mu Alpha Province 35, confer the Signature Sinfonian Award upon Charles Bruffy.

When I joined the Nu Gamma chapter of Phi Mu Alpha back in my days at Missouri Western University, I never dreamed that someday I would receive this incredible honor from them. The list of artists who hold this distinctive award is mind-boggling to read, and it is truly humbling to see my own name among them.

 —Charles Bruffy

GRAMMY®-award winning conductor Charles Bruffy achieved a career and personal milestone this past Saturday when he received the Signature Sinfonian award from the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America. Founded in 1898 at the New England Conservatory of Music, Phi Mu Alpha is an American collegiate fraternity for men with a special interest in music. The Signature Sinfonian award is conferred upon Sinfonian members “who have achieved a high standard of accomplishment in their field or profession, thereby bringing honor to Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.” Other notable artists who have received the elite Signature Sinfonian award include Luciano Pavarotti, Branford Marsalis, Duke Ellington, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Robert Shaw, as well as entrepreneurs George Eastman and Andrew Carnegie.

Bruffy’s award was bestowed specifically for “displaying an outstanding commitment and dedication to his field; demonstrating himself as a successful role model and helping others realize their potential; and exhibiting high standards of excellence in representing the Fraternity as an alumnus.”

Jesse Reyes, a member of Sinfonia’s Commission on Standards, flew to Phoenix to personally present the award to Bruffy at his last performance as Artistic Director of the Phoenix Chorale. He was joined by Gordon Zaft, Governor of Province 35 of Phi Mu Alpha. Bruffy announced at the end of last season that he would be retiring from the Phoenix Chorale to focus full-time on his roles as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Kansas City Chorale, Chorus Director for the Kansas City Symphony Chorus, and Director of Music at Rolling Hills Presbyterian Church in Overland Park, Kansas.