Phil Ordaz Retires as Brea’s Director
posted on Oct 28, 2019
After 17 years of service, Phil Ordaz is retiring as Director of The Gaslight Chorus. The Brea Chapter formed in 2002 with Phil as a founding member. Given his extensive history with BHS, even at that time, it was a natural fit for Phil to slide into the Directorship of the Brea Chapter. Over the years, Phil has helped shape the musical excellence of The Gaslight Chorus, bringing home multiple wins in the SE Division, Plateau victories at the District Contest, sprinkled with a few Most Improved Chapter awards. Under Phil’s musical leadership, The Gaslight Chorus worked its way from Plateau A to AAA on the District stage, scoring as high as 5th place in the esteemed Far Western District.
As an avid arranger, the chorus performed countless “Ordaz” charts at our shows and on the contest stage, several of which have become chorus favorites, such as “Do You Hear What I Hear,” “Some Children See Him,” “Golden Dreams” and “Moonlight In Vermont,” just to name a few. Given his dedication and years of service to The Gaslight Chorus, Phil has earned the title of Director Emeritus. Though he is retired from directing the chorus, he will continue to sing with the chorus, will assume a board position, and will always hold a special place in the history and musical development of the Brea Chapter.