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 Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Orange County, California, 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 140 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, performing in London, Paris, Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Russia, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing and Hong Kong, and collaborating with the London Symphony, L’Orchestre Lamoureux and L’Orchestre de St-Louis-en-l’Île of Paris, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the China National Symphony, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the Estonian National Symphony, and the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional of Argentina.
Pacific Chorale’s professional chamber choir, the John Alexander Singers, is an independently contracted vocal ensemble of 24 singers specializing in the innovative presentation of modern and early music for chamber chorus. The John Alexander Singers perform regularly in concert venues throughout Southern California, and have collaborated extensively with Musica Angelica, Southern California’s premier period instrument orchestra. Other notable collaborations include performances with the Kronos Quartet, Mark Morris Dance Company, The Royal Ballet of London, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and Pacific Symphony, and on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s “Green Umbrella” new music series.
Pacific Chorale has received numerous awards from Chorus America, the service organization for North American choral groups, including the prestigious “Margaret Hillis Achievement Award for Choral Excellence,” the first national “Educational Outreach Award,” and the 2005 ASCAP Chorus America Alice Parker Award for adventurous programming.
The Chorale’s outstanding performances can be heard on seven CDs, including Musica and Nocturne, collections of American a cappella works conducted by John Alexander; Songs of Eternity by James F. Hopkins and Voices by Stephen Paulus, conducted by John Alexander and featuring Pacific Symphony; Pacific Symphony’s Fire, Water, Paper: A Vietnam Oratorio by Elliot Goldenthal, and An American Requiem by Richard Danielpour (both recordings conducted by Carl St.Clair); and a holiday recording, Christmas Time Is Here, released on the Gothic Records label. Pacific Chorale’s most recent recording, Pacific Chorale Live: Rachmaninov Vespers, was released in November 2010.