Pacific Chorale enriches and educates the community by demonstrating outstanding leadership in the performance, creation and preservation of choral music.
Founded in 1968 and comprised of 200 staff and volunteer singers, Pacific Chorale is internationally recognized for exceptional artistic expression, stimulating American-focused programming, and influential education programs. Under the artistic leadership of Robert Istad, the Chorale presents a substantial performance season of its own at Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County, California, and is sought regularly to perform with the nation’s leading symphonies. Pacific Chorale has infused an Old World art form with California’s hallmark innovation and cultural independence, expanding the traditional concepts of choral repertoire and performance.
Education programs are central to the Chorale’s vision of inspiring love of choral music and lifelong learning. Our innovative educational initiatives have opened the door to the art of choral music and the magic of the creative process for thousands of students and adults annually.
Pacific Chorale has received numerous awards from Chorus America, including the prestigious "Margaret Hillis Achievement Award for Choral Excellence," the first national "Educational Outreach Award," the 2005 ASCAP Chorus America Alice Parker Award for adventurous programming, and the 2015 "Education and Community Engagement Award."