Cortland Hultberg (1931-2002)
Artistic Director of Phoenix 1983-1995
in Cort's own words...
"Luck was still present in 1983 when members of a local chamber choir asked me if I would become their director. After much deliberation on my part, including questions of time and other conflicts, I became their conductor. The group needed a name so the membership was asked for their suggestions. After weeks of considering suggestions such as "The Pan-Galactic Radio Choir" and "A Streetchoir Named Desire", the choir's President, Bill Paul, and I, at the last minute, came up with a name that stuck: The Phoenix Chamber Choir. Phoenix won numerous top awards from the CBC and from the European Broadcasting Union. Phoenix premiered many new works, did some travelling, made some CDs and did a lot of imaginative programming. Phoenix ended up being the choral experience I had sought all my life. Those thrilling choral sounds I had first heard through luck in 1946 were intensified continually through my Phoenix years and I give heartfelt thanks to all of those loyal members. For reasons of health, and just plain old age, I retired from the conductorship of Phoenix in 1995, giving the reins to Ramona Luengen in whose capable hands Phoenix continues its leading role in Canadian choral music."