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Community Engagement

Each year, the SD Master Chorale reaches tens of thousands of listeners, both on stage and off, through live performances across the county including five programs in its regular season, collaborations with the San Diego Symphony and Mainly Mozart Festival, through broadcasts on San Diego’s NPR station, KPBS, and through Community Engagement programs. 

Youth Engagement

Each year, the San Diego Master Chorale hosts the largest invitational Honor Choir in San Diego, bringing 100 talented students from across San Diego County together in a community concert with the SD Master Chorale. The Honor Choir features talented high school singers nominated by music teachers from San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties. Led by Music Director John K. Russell, the students spend the day in workshops and rehearsals, inspiring music-making beyond high school. The day culminates in a Community Concert, uniting generations of voices in music of hope and joy. This year, the Honor Choir will be co-hosted by First United Methodist Church, and features FUMC’s Director of Choral Activities, Brian Lustig, as special guest conductor. The Honor Choir will be held Saturday, March 16, 2024, at First United Methodist Church (2111 Camino del Rio S., San Diego).

New this season! The San Diego Master Chorale is reserving FREE seats for your students at select concerts this season including these three performances: “Where All Are Welcome” on November 4, 2023“Durufle Requiem” on April 27, 2024 and “Stage & Screen” on June 1, 2024These special tickets are limited and on a first-come, first-served basis and must be reserved at least one week in advance of each concert. Only Primary and Secondary Educators and Choir Directors may request these tickets via email at contact@sdmasterchorale.org. 

The Palomar Choral Academy is an opportunity for high school singers to participate in daily sessions of voice building, choral rehearsal, voice lessons, special guest presentations, and more. This year’s Palomar Choral Academy features a new conducting workshop for young and developing conductors with a unique opportunity to rehearse and conduct singers of the SD Master Chorale along with singers from the Palomar Choral Academy and Palomar College. Led by SD Master Chorale Music Director John K. Russell, the Palomar Choral Academy is co-sponsored by the Palomar College Foundation, Palomar Performing Arts, and the San Diego Master Chorale. This season’s Academy will be held June 10-15, 2024, at Palomar College Performing Arts (1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos).

Programs & Events

The San Diego Master Chorale’s pre-concert talks offer a unique behind-the-scenes look into the music and music-making. Pre-concert talks for selected concerts are held one hour before the concert begins and feature Music Director John K. Russell, composers, guest artists, and more.

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of San Diego’s vibrant arts scene as we shine a spotlight on musical organizations that make our city a culturally rich community. The free California Festival Family & Community Day will showcase performances by the San Diego Youth Symphony, San Diego Master Chorale and Art of Elan. This event, held Sunday, November 5, 2023, begins at 12pm and lasts until 6pm. This is a FREE event for the whole family. Food, beverages (no alcohol), chairs, and blankets may be brought in. Food and drink will be available for purchase onsite. RSVP for your tickets at this link.

KPBS presents a new Holiday Special featuring seven San Diego choirs including Encore Vocal Ensemble, Promotora de las Bellas Artes, Sacra/Profana, San Diego Children’s Choir, San Diego Chorus, San Diego Jewish Men’s Choir, and San Diego Master Chorale. Save the date for the premiere on Saturday, November 25, 2023 at 8:00 pm on KPBS TV. Additional air dates include Dec. 18 at 10pm, Dec. 21 at 9pm, Dec. 24 at 6pm & 11pm, and Dec. 25 at 5am. Click here to watch the full Holiday Special onlineSpecial thanks to KPBS and the Choral Consortium of San Diego for making this possible.

Volunteer with us! The San Diego Master Chorale is seeking concert volunteers to help in the 2023-24 Season. Our volunteers make our concerts possible, and as a concert volunteer, you’ll get to hear this concert for free. Volunteer roles range from handing out programs to greeting patrons, helping in the box office, and more. Sign up here.

Tune in to KPBS 89.5 FM to hear the San Diego Master Chorale in concert with the San Diego Symphony on their Jacobs Masterworks series. These programs were recorded “live in concert” at Jacobs Music Center during Season 2019-20 and earlier and air on Sunday nights at 8:00 pm. Click here for a full list of programs. Program dates that feature the SD Master Chorale include:

November 19, 2023 – MAHLER: Symphony No. 3 in D minor
December 24, 2023 – HANDEL: Messiah
December 31, 2023 – BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125: Choral
March 31, 2024 – MAHLER: Symphony No. 2
June 9, 2024 – PUCCINI: Messa di Gloria

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