ANNOUNCING The 2022-23 Choral Season
CV Stanford, Songs of the Fleet; RV Williams, Mystical Songs;
Pinkham's Christmas Cantata; and the Poulenc, Gloria.
Songs from Around the World and Lullabies from the Heart
will be performed by The Center Children's Chorus.
The Center Chorale will conduct auditions on August 15, 2022 and begin rehearsals August 22, 2022.
The Center Children's Chorus opens registration on Aug 1st and will begin rehearsals Sept. 12, 2022 for the new choral season. Making music is a joy for all and we are looking forward to an exciting season!
The Center Chorale
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
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.
From the Artistic Director- Dr. Joe Stanford
Dear Friends of Escondido Choral Arts,
With each passing year our lives change, and so it is with Escondido Choral Arts. After the hiatus caused by the pandemic, we are singing again and looking forward to an exciting season of making beautiful music. Our conductor of last year, Justin Gray, has resigned his position with Choral Arts. It was a pleasure working with Justin. His superb musicianship and conducting, displayed brilliantly in our May concert as he conducted the great Mozart Requiem will be missed. This season I will be sharing the conducting responsibilities with John Nettles, who also conducts the San Diego Pacific Coast Chorale. John and I will be conducting The Center Chorale in rehearsals and concerts. We welcome John with his years of valuable experience as a singer and conductor in our community.
Our season for 2022-23 is filled with some of the most interesting and beautiful music I know. On our first concert on November 18 is a work by a composer not widely known, Charles Villiers Stanford, Songs of the Fleet coupled with Ralph Vaughn Williams' Five Mystical Songs. Both works require full orchestra, chorus, and baritone soloist. We have engaged Gregorio Gonzales, born in Ramona and who has had an extensive operatic career in Europe and the United States, as our soloist. Gregorio started his career studying at Palomar College so it is especially exciting for me to have him return to our community as our baritone soloist.
Another feature of our season is a spring performance of Poulenc Gloria with orchestra, chorus and a long-time friend of Escondido Choral Arts, soprano Caroline Nelms. To all of the above are added a Christmas concert with Brass and organ, and several performances by our Children’s Chorus.
We hope to have you join us for the concerts we have planned. Stay with us, beautiful music is coming your way!
Warmest Regards, Joe Stanford