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Mountainside Master Chorale History

Mountainside Master Chorale

Based in: Claremont, United States.

The Mountainside Master Chorale was founded in 1994 by Mr. Bruce Rogers. Since its inception, the Chorale has grown steadily in both membership and acclaim, drawing over 70 singers from San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Riverside, and Orange counties. Besides performing a regular concert series each year consisting of a Christmas concert, spring and early summer concerts, the Chorale has sung at various festivals throughout Southern California and performed at the Crystal Cathedral. The Chorale embarked on a tour of the British Isles, where they were invited to sing at the prestigious Eisteddfod Music Competition in Wales. Next, the Chorale toured Italy, giving a special performance of the Verdi Requiem with the Rome Symphony at St. Paul's, Rome. In the summer of 2010 the Chorale accompanied the student choir from Cal State San Bernardino to Spain and sang in five different Cathedrals in the cities of Toledo, Seville and Madrid.

Mountainside Master Chorale has also performed with the Pacific Symphony at the Orange County Performing Arts Center on two different occasions: once, with Carl St. Clair for a performance of Mahler's 8th Symphony, and also as the featured guest choir with Doc Severinsen in his Christmas Show. In addition the Chorale has appeared in concert with the San Bernardino Symphony, returning most recently in 2010 to join in a performance of Mendelssohn's Lobgesang with conductor Maestro Carlo Ponti Jr. and was featured by the Orange County Symphony in a 2010 performance of Handel's Messiah.

The Mountainside Master Chorale is under the dynamic direction of Dr. Irene Messoloras since 2016 and performs a wide variety of choral works each season, including major choral works with orchestra, a cappella motets, folk songs, spirituals, jazz, and Broadway show tunes. The Mountainside Master Chorale prides itself on not only performing quality repertoire from the master composers of the past, but also giving exposure to contemporary composers. The Chorale welcomes new members throughout the year. Our mentoring program helps them acclimate to our routines and make them feel welcome. In addition, small group sectionals are held each week to allow singers to better master the details and nuances of the music.

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