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About US

Artistic Director, Cheryl Gillaspy


Cheryl Gillaspy, Executive Director, has been directing the choir and developing the organization since her retirement as a local church music director. Cheryl has a BA in Music from Westmont College, and also holds a Masters in Conducting, and a Masters in Organizational Leadership. She has lived in Ventura County all of her life, and she and her husband Joe, have reared four children, who are now grown and establishing families of their own in the county. 



tara-gillaspyTara Kays, Artistic Director, received a BA in Music, and Music Credential K-12 from Westmont College. Tara directs the Concert Choir made up of the youth and the teens of the Master Children's Choir. She works with the Training Choir children using a very age-specific approach to ear training, preparing the young ones for the Concert Choir.  




mary-canfieldMary Canfield, accompanist, has been with the choir since it’s inception, and accompanied for the former director, Marcene Jardine, for many years. She has continued accompanying under Cheryl and Tara, and working with the choirs in an expanded capacity as an assistant director.




jeni-buffordJeni Bufford, began as a choir mom, and worked as an assistant director, working with the teens. She helped establish the very young singers program and has trained little ones to be able to audition for the youth choir. She has a BA in Music from Westmont College, and has been a soloist with the Master Chorale. Jeni and her husband Brett have three talented children, who all have sung in the choir. We hope to have her return as a director when her schedule allows. 



Rehearsals are held in Camarillo at the First Baptist Church on Temple.  Weekly rehearsals are held on Monday.

6-7 yr olds-   2:30 
8-11 yr olds- 3:15 PM    
12 -teen-      4:30 PM

"The Master Children’s Choir is a non-profit public benefit corporation IRS 501 (c) 3 (Tax ID# 95-3760983) established since 1982 to promote the appreciation for and access to classical and contemporary vocal music appropriate for children and enjoyed by all segments of the community, and to provide performance opportunities for those children with the training, and experience sufficient to meet the audition requirement.

Valentine's Day Dinner

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

Upcoming Events

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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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