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Founded in 1968, PACIFIC CHORALE is internationally recognized for exceptional artistic expression, stimulating American-focused programming, and influential education programs. Pacific Chorale presents a substantial performance season of its own at the Orange County Performing Arts Center and is sought regularly to perform with the nation's leading symphonies. Under the inspired guidance of Artistic Director John Alexander, Pacific Chorale has infused an Old World art form with California's hallmark innovation and cultural independence.
Pacific Chorale is comprised of 180 professional and volunteer singers. In addition to its long-standing partnership with Pacific Symphony, the Chorale has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Disney Hall on numerous occasions. Other noted collaborations include the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the National Symphony, and the Long Beach, Pasadena, Riverside, and San Diego symphonies. John Alexander and the Chorale have toured extensively in Europe, South America, and Asia.
Pacific Chorale, the seventh largest-budgeted chorus in the United States, has received numerous awards, including Chorus America's prestigious "Margaret Hillis Achievement Award for Choral Excellence" and the first national "Educational Outreach Award." Most recently, Pacific Chorale received the 2005 ASCAP Chorus America Alice Parker Award for adventurous programming.
Pacific Chorale appears in an average of 30 performances annually, which are heard by nearly 40,000 audience members. The Chorale's reach is extended through radio broadcasts of its concerts on KMZT, 105.1 FM in Los Angeles. Pacific Chorale's outstanding performances can be heard on seven CDs; their newest recording, Christmas Time Is Here, was recently released on the Gothic Records label.