San Diego Story 1

“ample musical muscle… vibrant and astutely balanced.”
–San Diego Story

San Diego Reader 1

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San Diego Union-Tribune

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San Diego Story 2

“…power and polish impressed at every turn.”
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San Diego Story 3

“…a rich, exuberant sound…Director John Russell has clearly raised the bar…”
–San Diego Story

San Diego Story 4

“…a well-balanced chorus that produced robust, focused fortes; crafted clean, energized phrasing, mastered a wide dynamic compass, and communicated the depth of every facet of a complex, impassioned major work.”
–San Diego Story


The SD Master Chorale connects all people to the joy of professional-caliber live choral music and enriches lives by sharing what we have in common – our voice.

The Voice of San Diego

Widely recognized for its exciting, inspiring, and comforting performances, the SD Master Chorale is San Diego’s premier choral ensemble, showcasing more than 100 of the region’s finest singers. The Chorale was founded in 1961, and today continues its artistic ascent under the leadership of Music Director Dr. John K. Russell.

Dedicated to performing the finest choral repertoire, the SD Master Chorale embraces classical masterworks, new music by contemporary composers, film scores, and diverse works of many genres to unite audiences and musicians of all cultures, religions, and generations. Each year the Chorale appeals to thousands of San Diego residents and visitors, and is heard outside the concert hall with the San Diego Symphony via broadcasts on KPBS, San Diego’s NPR station. The Chorale is also a regular participant in the San Diego Symphony’s summer series on the Embarcadero.

Collaborative Partner

The SD Master Chorale frequently collaborates with leading arts organizations and composers including the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, the La Jolla Music Society, and the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. In 2018, the SD Master Chorale partnered with the LA Master Chorale and choirs in Berkeley, Sacramento, Fresno, and Riverside to host Big Sing California, the biggest choral event in California state history.

Community Outreach

In addition to delighting thousands from the concert stage, the SD Master Chorale also enriches lives through extensive community outreach programs. With special emphasis on underprivileged schools, the Chorale’s outreach arm engages students in grades three through twelve with standards-based classroom presentations that support music, history, mathematics, science, and language arts instruction. The Chorale’s annual High School Honor Choir Festival provides a full-day choral workshop experience for more than 130 outstanding young singers, followed by a free concert for community members, during which these students sing alongside the full Chorale. The SD Master Chorale’s Senior Outreach singers perform free of charge to seniors throughout San Diego County, particularly those in assisted-living and memory care facilities. This greatly needed service directly benefits seniors and their caregivers, and supports the community at large.

Artistic Leadership

John K. Russell, DMA
Music Director

John K. Russell, DMA is the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Palomar College and the Music Director of the San Diego Master Chorale. As Music Director of the Chorale, Dr. Russell conducts and coordinates all artistic activities of the chorale, which include preparing the chorus for performances with San Diego Symphony and other San Diego orchestras including the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra and La Jolla Symphony.

Martin Green
Associate Music Director

San Diego native Martin Green enjoys a multi-faceted career as organist, singer, and conductor. He has played as both as solo recitalist and accompanist throughout the US, Mexico, Canada, and abroad. Martin has made guest appearances with the San Diego Symphony and has also appeared on NPR’s “Pipedreams Live.”

Bryan Verhoye

Bryan Verhoye is a concert pianist who trained at the USC School of Music, the Aspen Music School, and the Peabody Conservatory. He has won first-prize awards from the International Piano Recording Competition and the Carmel Music Society, as well as multiple awards from the Musical Merit Foundation of San Diego.

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