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About the Santa Barbara Master Chorale

The Santa Barbara Master Chorale, a community volunteer organization, was formed in 1984 to perform major choral works with full orchestral accompaniment. Now in its 29th season, the Chorale continues to present the finest choral music from the 16th century to the present.

The Chorale is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, administered by a working board of directors. Our income is derived from ticket sales, concert program advertising, grants from public and private foundations, and donations from generous individuals.

Our music director and rehearsal accompanist are professional musicians, as are the orchestral musicians and vocal soloists who join us for our concerts.

Our season is funded in part by the Community Organizational
Development Grant program using funds provided by the City of
Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara Arts Commission.

Steven R. Hodson, our conductor, is past president of the Western Division of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), which encompasses California, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah, and Arizona, and past president of California ACDA. He enjoys directing honor choirs and adjudicating choir festivals around the Western region. He is currently a professor of music at Westmont College, where his duties have included directing the New Sounds jazz and world music group, the Chamber Singers, and the Westmont College Choir, as well as teaching piano, organ, music survey, conducting, and church music. more about Steven Hodson and our rehearsal accompanist

The Orchestra

The orchestra for each performance is comprised of professional musicians from Santa Barbara and the Greater Los Angeles area who play with symphonies, in musical theater orchestras, and in motion picture musical score ensembles. Sometimes they are joined by a few outstanding student musicians, giving the younger ones an opportunity to work side-by-side with professionals in public performance.

Young Concertgoers Program

To introduce young people to the wonder of classical choral music, we offer free tickets to music teachers to youngsters in grades K through 12 and to teachers who accompany their students to a concert. We hope to encourage these youngsters to become the musicians, singers, and music audiences of the future and carry forward our great musical tradition. For more information on this program, call 805-682-6516.