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California Arts Council

"The education programs are exemplary, a model for other organizations to follow."

Education as Mission

Central to Pacific Chorale's mission are its award-winning music education programs. Pacific Chorale intends to be a catalyst for the renaissance of choral art and music education. To accomplish that aim, Pacific Chorale has implemented many innovative, comprehensive opportunities for its current and future audiences to expand their appreciation of choral music and the creative process.

Chorus America, the national service organization for professional choruses, has recognized Pacific Chorale in both 1997 and 2015 with awards for exemplary Education and Community Programming. Pacific Chorale also received the 2002 "Outstanding Contributions to Education Award", presented by the Orange County Department of Education.

Our award-winning education programs include:

Special Events
Pacific Chorale organizes tailor-made education programs interwoven with major events such as premieres to give students and the public unique access to leading composers and artists.

Pacific Chorale's Choral Festival
This annual summer event unites singers from throughout the community with Pacific Chorale singers and alumni as well as distinguished guest artists in a free public performance.

Pacific Chorale Academy
An award-winning after-school program based on Venezuela’s “El Sistema” providing free weekly music instruction and experiences to 4th-6th grade students at participating schools in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

Concert Previews
Insightful Concert Previews give audiences a richer understanding and deeper appreciation for the repertoire being performed.

Elliot and Kathleen Alexander Memorial Scholarship
Pacific Chorale awards the Elliot and Kathleen Alexander Memorial Scholarship annually to an outstanding choral conducting student at California State University, Fullerton.

Intro to the Arts
Since 1986, Intro to the Arts has enabled more than ten thousand high school choral music students to attend Pacific Chorale concerts free of charge.

Passage to the Arts
Through their innovative Passage to the Arts program, introduced in 1997, Pacific Chorale partners with local social service organizations to provide potentially transformational concert experiences to at-risk youth, people with disabilities and low-income families at no cost.

For more information about Pacific Chorale's educational outreach programs, please contact Molly Pontin at (714)662-2345, email molly@pacificchorale.org.