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Who We Are

The Master Chorale of Ventura County is directed by Burns Taft, and composed of professional and community singers from Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. Performers are trained musicians with years of choral experience and perform an extensive repertoire from the Renaissance to avant-garde, with vocal forces ranging from a 24-voice chamber ensemble to a fully extended chorus of 100 or more. The Chorale is open to talented professionals and amateur singers who meet the audition and artistic requirements. Encouraging the next generation of singers, the Chorale supports the Master Chorale Children's Concert Choir under the direction of Marcene Camp Jardine.

Annual season concerts are performed throughout Ventura County in venues of rich acoustical splendor, with an annual holiday program in the historic San Buenaventura Mission. The chorale has performed premieres of works by Southern California composers John Biggs, Mark Carlson, Miguel del Aguila and Dwight Stone, in addition to many choral classics, such as Faure's Requiem, Orff's Carmina Burana, and Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna. Guest conductors include Frank Salazar, Vance George, Paul Salamunovich, Boris Brott and Dr. David Thorsen. The Chorale sang under Esa-Pekka Salonen at the Ojai Festivals.

Collaborating with the Los Robles Master Chorale, the Chorale annually performs a major choral/orchestral concert with the New West Symphony. The Master Chorale of Ventura County has also performed with Ventura County Symphony, the Southwest Chamber Music Ensemble, Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra, Ventura County Ballet, and such varied artists as painter Hiroko Yoshimoto, life-sized puppeteers, and the Westside Ballet. It has appeared many times in the Ventura Chamber Music Festival, founded in 1991 by Burns Taft. In June of 1995 in St. Petersburg, the Chorale's touring choir gave the Russian premiere of Daniel Pinkham's 1994 composition, Festival Jubilate.

Master Chorale Auditions

Mid-season auditions will be held Tuesday evening, 01/10/12, in Guthrie Hall on the Ventura College campus starting at 7:00pm; sign in for a time slot upon arrival.  Please prepare a short audition piece and bring a copy of your sheet music for the piano accompanist and a cv/resume or list of your choral experience.  Range and sight-reading will also be assessed.

Valentine's Day Dinner

Thank you to all the people who participated in the Valentine's Dinner Benefit!

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AUDITIONS!  The Master Chorale Children's Choir is auditioning talented students now by appointment. Please call 805-390-6500. Children ages 6 to 16 are encouraged to audition.

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