The Harvey K Smith Artistic Director
from 1999 - 2019
Georg Stangelberger honored the Phoenix Boys Choir with 20 years of dedication as the Artistic Director from 1999-2019. Mr. Stangelberger joined the Phoenix Boys Choir in 1999 as Artistic Director with unparalleled international experience of 13 years with the Vienna Choir Boys as Deputy Artistic Director and Principal Choir Conductor. He is the recent recipient of the Decoration of Honor in Gold for Services to the Republic of Austria.
He led the Choir to its Carnegie Hall debut in 2003, in the same year the choir was named "Cultural Ambassador" to the European Union and sang a side-by-side concert with the Vienna Choir Boys in the Court Chapel in Vienna. In the fall of 2004, Mr. Stangelberger made his debut with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra conducting them together with the Phoenix Boys Choir in the Requiem by W. A. Mozart. In July of 2007, under his direction the choir was awarded 1st Place in the International Summa Cum Laude Youth Music Competition at the Musikverein in Vienna. Mr. Stangelberger has taken the choir on tours throughout Europe, North America and Japan. Under his direction the choir sang in such illustrious venues as the Musikverein in Vienna, Avery Fisher Hall in New York, St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, Canterbury Cathedral, the Cathedral of Chartres, Cologne Cathedral and many more.
With the Vienna Choir Boys, Mr. Stangelberger has given over 700 performances in nearly every major concert hall of Europe, Asia, as well as North- and South America. He composed pieces for the choir and recorded numerous CDs. He also collaborated with world-renowned singers and conductors including Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti, Peter Schreier, Eva Marton, Lorin Maazel, Riccardo Muti, Seiji Ozawa, and Horst Stein. In 1999, Mr. Stangelberger received the Joseph Schnitt Medal of the Hofmusikkapelle in Vienna for his service to this famous institution comprised of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Men of the Vienna State Opera Choir, and the Vienna Choir Boys. He was also made an honorary member of the Vienna Choir Boys for his years of dedication and service.
A native of Austria, Mr. Stangelberger studied music in Vienna, Ottawa and Zagreb. He holds a Masters Degree in Choral Conducting and Bachelor Degrees in Orchestra Conducting and Vocal Accompaniment from the Music University of Vienna. He has given concerts and workshops with choirs nationally and internationally.