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The Center Chorale

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Music Bringing Us Together

The Center Chorale is an ensemble of choral singers, endorsed by the California Center for the Arts, Escondido, performing choral literature of past masterworks and Twentieth and Twenty-first Century compositions in a variety of styles. The ensemble partners with the Center Children's Chorus in promoting vocal music in our community.  The Center Chorale is dedicated to excellence in performance and education and also to

preserving the tradition of singing as an expression of art.

The Center Children's Chorus

Sing and Be Inspired

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The Center Children’s and Youth Chorus, at the Center for the Arts, Escondido, provides opportunities to learn about music in a friendly and fun environment.  Musical literacy and participation in the art of choral singing with their peers, as well as in combination with the Center Chorale are goals of this children's chorus. We perform several times during our season in many different venues in our community including the beautiful California Center for the Arts concert hall and performance theatre.

Greetings from the Artistic Director


     The Escondido Chorale Arts Foundation is excited to announce plans for our 2024-25 Concert Season. Last year, the organization made great strides in establishing itself as a major player in the North County performing arts scene. We continued our tradition of presenting high level choral music performances while expanding our collaboration and outreach efforts. This year will see a continuation of that momentum.

     Re-establishing our presence at the California Center for the Arts will be a priority for the aptly named Center Chorale. Our first main stage performance will take place in the Center Theater, featuring 60+ singers, soloists, and full orchestra. The program will consist of various works by master composers and conclude with the celebration of the 200th anniversary of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy from his Ninth Symphony.

     Our successful collaboration with City Ballet, a frequent CCAE company, continues with an appearance in the annual Nutcracker production, providing the chorus for Waltz of the Snowflakes and putting the audience in the holiday spirit with an informal concert of carols as part of the pre-show entertainment. All of this will take place in the glorious main Concert Hall.

     In the spring, ECAF has the honor of performing in the CCAE’s First Wednesday Community Concert series. In addition to works performed by the Center Chorale, this event will feature guest groups of all ages and styles. The event is free and will be a great musical opportunity for performers and audience members.

     The season finale will be another full chorus extravaganza in the CCAE Center Theater. The theme will be the music of Twenty-first Century Composers featuring small works by local artists and concluding with Dan Forrest’s contemporary Requiem for the Living.

     We will be continuing our effort to reach across many demographics with our youth programs. We have always had a strong children’s program and now have recently added a young adult program aimed at high school and college students, complete with an intern program. Two of our first-year members from last season will be training at the Boston Conservatory this fall.

     Your contribution helps sustain the Escondido Choral Arts program in fulfilling our mission to enrich lives through the art of choral singing and providing musical opportunities in the community. Sponsoring a concert, contributing to the organization, or becoming a sustaining member are all very much appreciated.   We hope you will join us for all our events for the 2024-2025 Choral Season Your support is greatly appreciated. Thank YOU!


John Nettles, Artistic Director

Escondido Choral Arts Foundation



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