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GRAMMY-Winning Pacific Chorale Announces Tenor and Bass Additions

July 7, 2022 | By Libby Huebner

New Singers Admitted to Pacific Chorale for 2022-23 Season Must Be Fully Vaccinated and Boosted against COVID-19

The Grammy Award-winning Pacific Chorale, the resident chorus at Segerstrom Center for the Arts led by Artistic Director Robert Istad, is holding auditions for tenor and bass singers for entry in the ensemble’s 2022-23 season. Singers can apply online at https://www.pacificchorale.org/auditions/The deadline to apply is July 21, 2022, for tenor staff applicants and July 28 for tenor and bass volunteer applicants. There is no application fee. In-person auditions will be scheduled in August on a first-applied, first-served basis. All new singers admitted to Pacific Chorale, considered among the nation’s leading choirs, must be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19.

Pacific Chorale is a warm and welcoming ensemble comprised of 220 diverse, accomplished and passionate singers. The choir’s extensive repertoire ranges from choral and choral/orchestral masterworks to a cappella treasures and world-premiere compositions. Among numerous highlights during the 2022-23 season, the chorus will present the West Coast premiere of Florence Price’s newly discovered anti-war piece Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight setting poetry by Vachel Lindsay; Jocelyn Hagen’s stunning multi-media work The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci inspired by the iconic Renaissance artist; Duruflé’s Requiem; and its signature holiday program “Tis the Season!” Additionally, the choir will appear with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl in August and Pacific Symphony in several programs, including the orchestra’s annual Lunar New Year celebration, a semi-staged opera production of Rigoletto, and the world premiere of James MacMillan’s oratorio Fiat Lux.

Pacific Chorale, an Orange County “treasure” with a “fresh viewpoint” that “can sing anything you put in front of it with polish, poise and tonal splendor” (Orange County Register), has “risen to national prominence” (Los Angeles Times) since its inception in 1968. Hailed for delivering “thrilling entertainment” (Voice of OC), the resident choir at Segerstrom Center for the Arts is noted for its artistic innovation and commitment to expanding the choral repertoire. It has given the world, U.S., and West Coast premieres of more than 35 works, including numerous commissions, by such lauded composers as John Adams, Jake Heggie, James Hopkins, David Lang, Morten Lauridsen, Tarik O'Regan, Karen Thomas, Frank Ticheli, András Gábor Virágh, and Eric Whitacre. In addition to presenting its own concert series each season, Pacific Chorale enjoys a long-standing partnership with Pacific Symphony, with whom the choir made its highly anticipated Carnegie Hall debut in 2018. The chorus also regularly appears with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, with which it won the 2022 Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance as well as a Grammy nomination for Best Engineered Album, Classical, for its contribution to the live classical recording of “Mahler: Symphony No. 8, 'Symphony of A Thousand,'” conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, featuring Leah Crocetto, Mihoko Fujimura, Ryan McKinny, Erin Morley, Tamara Mumford, Simon O'Neill, Morris Robinson and Tamara Wilson; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Los Angeles Children's Chorus; Los Angeles Master Chorale; National Children’s Chorus; and Pacific Chorale. The choir has performed with such leading orchestras as the Boston Symphony, National Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, and Musica Angelica, among others. Pacific Chorale has garnered international acclaim as well, having toured extensively to more than 19 countries in Europe, South America, and Asia, and through collaborations with the London Symphony, Munich Symphony, L’Orchestre Lamoureux and L’Orchestre de St-Louis-en-l’Île of Paris, National Orchestra of Belgium, China National Symphony, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Estonian National Symphony, and Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional of Argentina, among others. Deeply committed to making choral music accessible to people of all ages, the organization has a discography of 14 self-produced recordings and an extensive collection of exceptional free digital offerings. The choir’s critically acclaimed original concert film “The Wayfaring Project,” broadcast on PBS SoCal and KCET in 2021, features Pacific Chorale, members of Pacific Symphony and soloists performing J.S. Bach’s motet, Jesu meine Freude, interwoven with contemporary works by Moira Smiley, Dolly Parton, Samuel Barber and others. Currently streaming on pbssocal.org, kcet.org, and the PBS app, it follows Pacific Chorale’s progression through the COVID-19 pandemic: from complete social distancing with each singer performing in isolation through the choir’s return 17 months later to live music-making at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Pacific Chorale also places a significant emphasis on choral music education, providing after-school vocal programs for elementary school students, a choral summer camp for high school students, and an annual community-wide singing event at Segerstrom Center for the Arts. www.pacificchorale.org


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