The John Alexander SingersPacific Chorale's professional chamber choir, the John Alexander Singers, is a 24-voice ensemble of outstanding choral musicians from throughout Southern California. While most of these singers also serve as part of the paid core to Pacific Chorale's 140-voice ensemble, their work with the John Alexander Singers focuses on specialized repertoire appropriate for a professional chamber chorus.
Chamber concerts & collaborations with premier institutionsThe John Alexander Singers regularly present chamber concerts in venues throughout Southern California. They have collaborated extensively with Musica Angelica, Southern California's premier period instrument orchestra. Other notable collaborations include performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Kronos Quartet, the Mark Morris Dance Company, the Royal Ballet, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Pacific Symphony.
Arts festivals and choral conferencesThe ensemble has served as the resident chamber choir for several arts festivals sponsored by the California State University system, including the Summer Arts Festival at Humbolt State University, the Summer Arts Festival at CSU Long Beach, and the California Conducting Symposium at CSU Fullerton. The John Alexander Singers appeared as the featured professional chorus at the American Choral Directors Association conference in Los Angeles in 2000.
World premiere recordingsThe John Alexander Singers' first recording, Sweet Harmony, was released in 2001. The CD contains music by Lili Boulanger, Benjamin Britten, Cecil Effinger and Frank Ticheli. In addition, Sweet Harmony features the world premiere recordings of John Alexander's compositions "Sweet Harmony" and "In Praise of Music," as well as James Hopkins's cycle The Rossetti Songs, commissioned by the Pacific Chorale. The John Alexander Singers' follow-up recording, Shenandoah, featuring selections from the American folk song tradition, was released by Gothic Records in 2008. In 2014, American Voices, featuring works by American composers including Norman Dello Joio, Morten Lauridsen, John Muehleisen, Dale Warland, and Eric Whitacre, was released on the Delos label.
Arts festivals and choral conferencesThe John Alexander Singers have appeared as a featured professional chorus at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, and the Association of California Symphony Orchestras. The ensemble has served as the resident chamber choir for several arts festivals sponsored by the California State University system, including the Summer Arts Festival at Humbolt State University, the Summer Arts Festival at CSU Long Beach, and the California Conducting Symposium at CSU Fullerton.