Declared "The Voice of San Diego" by mayoral proclamation, the San Diego Master Chorale (SDMC) is the region’s premier choral ensemble, showcasing approximately 100 of San Diego's finest singers.
Established in 1961, the SDMC is the preferred choral ensemble for the San Diego Symphony and other collaborating organizations. In addition to performing regularly with these outstanding organizations, the SDMC has made a number of concert tours throughout Europe, most recently a tour of France after the 2010-2011 season to celebrate its 50th anniversary, and produces an annual series of concerts featuring the world’s greatest choral works.
Legendary choral composer Alice Parker personally presented the San Diego Master Chorale with the prestigious ASCAP/Alice Parker Award for Innovative Choral Programming, at the 2009 Chorus America Convention, in recognition of its debut performance of Daniel Kellogg's "The Fiery Furnace" with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.
To celebrate its 2010 Golden Anniversary Season, the Chorale commissioned and performed the World Premier of To Music – a choral poem by renowned composer David Conte. The San Diego Master Chorale was also proud to have been chosen, in 2012, to perform under the direction of the celebrated Chinese composer Tan Dun in the San Diego premier of his Water Passion According to St. Matthew, which was lauded by reviewers as “riveting”, and the La Jolla Music Society Summer Fest’s “finest hour” since the annual event was launched 25 seasons ago.
First United Methodist Church in Mission Valley
2111 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA 92108, USA
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Weekly rehearsals are held Monday evenings from 7-9:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Mission Valley. Twice a year we have an all-day retreat. Retreats are not considered optional. There will be additional rehearsals during the week preceding each concert, and sectional rehearsals may be scheduled, as needed. It is important that you arrive promptly to all rehearsals and performances.
The mission of the San Diego Master Chorale is “to promote and preserve the art of choral music through performance, education, and diverse community outreach.” Our singers, who are all unpaid volunteers, also participate in the Chorale's active community outreach programs, including on-site music workshops for groups ranging from elementary schools to senior centers. We regularly collaborate with the San Diego Youth Symphony, Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and other San Diego arts organizations.