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History of the Santa Barbara Master Chorale

The Santa Barbara Master Chorale was formed in 1984 to perform major works, primarily in the oratorio tradition. Phillip McLendon, our inspiring and inspired first Music Director, led the Chorale for over two decades through an impressive body of work. Steven Hodson is carrying forward this Santa Barbara tradition starting with the 2007-2008 season.


Saturday and Sunday, November 4-5, 2017

Requiem for the Living, by Dan Forrest
and Gabriel Faure's Requiem in D Minor

Sunday, December 11, 2017

21st Annual Holiday Concert,
Carol Sing-Along and Party


Saturday - Sunday, November 12-13, 2016:
Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn

Saturday - Sunday, April 8-9, 2017
JS Bach: Christ Lag in Todesbanden
Heinz Werner Zimmermann: Psalmkonzert

Sunday, June 11, 2017
An American Choral Medley
featuring works from 1840 to the present,
including Sacred Harp Singing and
Morten Lauridsen's "Nocturnes"


Saturday - Sunday, November 21-22, 2015:
Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn

Featuring Cantor Mark Childs
in the title role of Elijah

Saturday - Sunday, April 2-3, 2016:
Choral Fantasy
Mass in C Major
Piano Concerto No.4
The piano concerto features Aaron Wilk,
first-place winner of the
2015 Performing Arts Scholarship Foundation Competiton

A Celebration in Song
with special guests
Mama Pat's Inner Light Gospel Choir


Saturday-Sunday, November 22-23, 2014;
J.S. Bach: Mass in B-Minor

19th Annual Holiday Concert
December 14, 2014

Canto General
March 21-22, 2015


Saturday-Sunday, November 16-17, 2013:
Berlioz: L'Enfance du Christ
Robert Schumann: Romanzen und Balladen, Opus 67;
Requiem für Mignon, opus 98b

18th Annual Holiday Concert
December 15, 2013

Saturday-Sunday, April 5-6, 2014
Leonard Bernstein: Chichester Psalms and The Lark
Benjamin Britten: Rejoice in the Lamb

Saturday, June 14, 2014:
Memorable Songs from the 1940s and 1950s
by Rodgers & Hammerstein,
Irving Berlin, George Gershwin


Saturday-Sunday, November 17-18, 2012

Bach to Bach Magnificats!
Magnificat by Johann Sebastian Bach
and Magnificat by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

Annual Holiday Concert
December 16, 20112

Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21, 2013
Dvořák: Stabat Mater


Fall Concert: November, 2011

A Glorious Celebration!!

Vivaldi: Gloria
Vivaldi: Magnificat
Buxtehude: Gloria
Buxtehude*: Magnificat

(*significant doubt exists as to who composed this Magnificat.
However, it is a delightful mid-German Baroque work Buxtehude-like in style.)

Annual Holiday Concert
December 11, 2011

Spring Concert: April 14-15, 2012

Faure: Requiem
Faure: Cantique de Jean Racine
Bach: Christ Lag in Todesbanden
Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus

June, 2012 Concert:

Favorite Opera Choruses
Schubert Mass in G - featuring soprano Celeste Tavera
8pm Saturday, June 2 and 3pm Sunday, June 3, 2012


November 20-21, 2010
Mozart Requiem

Annual Holiday Concert
December 12, 2009

March 26-27, 2011
Claudio Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610
Giovanni Gabrieli: Jubilate Deo and In Ecclesiis

Spring Concert: June 4-5, 2011
HOOTENANNY! A Celebration of American Folk Songs


November 14-15, 2009
Handel, Israel in Egypt

Annual Holiday Concert
December 20, 2009

March 13-14, 2010
Canto General, by Mikis Theodorakis/Pablo Neruda

Spring Concert: May 22-23, 2010
Broadway Favorites and Richard Rodgers Songbook


November 15-16, 2008
Bach: Christmas Oratorio

Annual Holiday Concert
December 14, 2008

March 21-22, 2009
Elijah, by Felix Mendelssohn

Spring Concert: May 30-31, 2009
Johannes Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes
Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dances for 4-Hand Piano
Aaron Copland: Old American Songs


Annual Holiday Concert
December 16, 2007

April 5 and 6, 2008
Henry Purcell: Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary
Music for the Birthday of Queen Mary
G.F. Handel: Coronation Anthem Nos. 1 & 4

June 7 and 8, 2008
Favorites from the 40's and the Fab Four
with guests Art Emr and Friends


W.A. Mozart Mass in C Minor • J.S. Bach Magnificat in D Major

Holiday Concert & Sing-Along

Vaughan Williams/Whitman Sea Symphony • Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms

Ellington, Brubeck, others In the Mood


Gabriel Fauré Requiem • Franz Joseph Hydn Mass in Time of War

Holiday Concert & Sing-Along

Mikis Theodorakis/Pablo Neruda Canto General

Randall Thompson, Irving Berlin Americana

2004-05: Twentieth Anniversary Season!

Johannes Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem • Ralph Vaughan Williams Toward an Unknown Region

Holiday Concert & Sing-Along

Carl Orff Carmina Burana • Ralph Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem

Puccini, Verdi, and Others #1 Opera Scenes & Choruses


Ralph Vaughan Williams Hodie • WA Mozart Coronation Mass in C

Holiday Concert & Sing-Along

Franz Schubert Mass in E Flat • Beethoven Choral Fantasia

Gilbert & Sullivan Favorite Choruses • Brahms Liebslieder Walzes


Hector Berioz L'Enfance du Christ

Holiday Concert & Sing-Along

Franz Joseph Haydn Lord Nelson Mass • Maurice Durufle Requiem

Sergei Prokofiev Ivan the Terrible (with the Santa Barbara Symphony)

English and Romantic Choral Music


WA Mozart Requiem

Holiday Concert & Sing-Along

Franz Joseph Haydn Te Deum • Arthur Honegger Le Roi David (King David)

A Festival of International Folk Songs


Claudio Monteverdi Vespers of 1610

Holiday Concert & Sing-Along

JS Bach Cantata Number 4 • Anton Bruckner Mass in F minor

Music for Brass, Organ & Chorus
Gabrieli, Schütz, Dello Joio & Rutter

1999-2000 **15th Anniversary Season**

Beethoven Mass in D “Missa Solemnis"

Holiday Concert & Sing-Along

JS Bach Mass in B Minor

Tribute to Musical Theater


Franz Schubert Mass in G • Johannes Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem

Holiday Concert & Sing-Along

Gustav Holst Hymn of Jesus • Maurice Duruflé Requiem

Giacomo Puccini Messa di Gloria & Great Opera Choruses
Giuseppe Verdi "Brindisi. Libbiamo, ne' lieti" from La Traviata
"Va Pensiero" (Chrous of the Enslaved Jews) from Nabucco
Pietro Mascagni "Scene and Prayer" from Cavalleria Rusticana
Arrigo Boito "Prologue in the Heavens" from Mephistopheles


JS Bach Magnificat • Franz Schubert Mass in E Flat

Holiday Concert & Sing-Along

Igor Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms • Mozart Requiem

Orff Carmina Burana (with SB Symphony, Choral Society, Children’s Chorus)

Pops Concert: Selections from musical theater & great American standards


JS Bach Wachet Auf! • Vaughan Williams Hodie

Holiday Concert

Gabriel Fauré Requiem • William Walton Belshazzar’s Feast

Theodorakis/Neruda Canto General


Vivaldi Gloria, Hector Berlioz L’Enfance du Christ

JS Bach Mass in B Minor

Francis Poulenc Gloria • Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem


Beethoven Mass in D “Missa Solemnis”

Brahms Liebeslieder Walzer • Cherubini Requiem in C Minor

Theodorakis/Neruda Canto General -- West Coast Premier Performance!


Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem

GF Handel Israel in Egypt

Dello Joio To St. Cecelia • Orff Carmina Burana


Schubert Mass in E Flat, Fauré Requiem

Mozart The Magic Flute (Concert version)

Carl Orff Carmina Burana


Schubert Mass in E Flat • JS Bach Wachet Auf

GF Handel Messiah* 250th Year Commemoration *

Puccini, Gluck, Rossini "A Night at the Opera"


Vaughan Williams Hodie • P McLendon Divinum Mysterium

Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms • Mozart Requiem

Haydn Theresienmesse • Purcell O Sing Unto the Lord


J Brahms A German Requiem • Vaughan Williams Toward an Unknown Region

Haydn Lord Nelson Mass • Duruflé Requiem

Gershwin, others Pops Concert


Bach Magnificat • Berlioz L’Enfance du Christ

Dello Joio To St. Cecilia • Bruckner Mass in E Minor

Albioni, Vivaldi & Haydn "Venice to Vienna"


GF Handel Messiah

JS Bach Mass in B Minor

Pops Concert


JS Bach Cantata 146 • Vaughan Williams Hodie

Bach Christ Lag in Todesbanden • Fauré Requiem

Thompson Frostiana • Britten Rejoice in the Lamb


Handel Israel in Egypt

Bruckner Mass in F Minor

Pops Concert