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Choral concert in the 2021-22 season to feature pairing of works by Caroline Shaw and Dietrich Buxtehude.

Costa Mesa, CA – On February 4, 2021, the National Endowment for the Arts announced that Pacific Chorale has been approved for a $10,000 Grants for Arts Projects (GAP) award to support a choral performance project and related educational activities. The Chorale will perform a program featuring works such as Caroline Shaw’s To the Hands and Dietrich Buxtehude’s Ad Manus, to be performed by 24 singers and string quartet.

Pacific Chorale’s project is among 1,073 grants across America totaling near $25 million that were selected during this first round of fiscal year 2021 funding in the Grants for Arts Projects funding category.

“The National Endowment for the Arts Works is proud to support this project from Pacific Chorale,” said Arts Endowment Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “Pacific Chorale is among the arts organizations across the country that have demonstrated creativity, excellence, and resilience during this very challenging year.”

“At this time when the arts around the nation are facing enormous challenges, we could not be more grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts for supporting our community by investing in organizations like Pacific Chorale,” said Andrew Brown, President of Pacific Chorale. “This vital grant helps us continue to fulfill our mission of inspiring the people of Orange County through artistry in choral performances.”

For more information on projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit

Pacific Chorale has delighted national and international audiences with concerts of great choral music performed at the highest musical standards since 1968. Under the artistic leadership of Robert Istad, the organization produces a series of concerts each year at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, where it serves as the sole resident choir. The mission of Pacific Chorale is to inspire our community through artistry and innovation in choral music performances and education programs.

Pacific Chorale is recognized for exceptional artistic expression, preserving and performing classical choral music as well as stimulating American-focused programming. Pacific Chorale presents a substantial performance season of its own and is sought regularly to perform with the nation’s leading symphonies. Pacific Chorale has infused an Old World art form with California’s hallmark innovation and cultural independence, developing innovative new concepts in programming, and expanding the traditional concepts of choral repertoire and performance. The organization boasts over 30 world premieres and has released 14 self-produced recordings.

In addition to its long-standing partnership with Pacific Symphony, with whom Pacific Chorale made its Carnegie Hall debut in April 2018, the Chorale has performed with such renowned American ensembles as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the National Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and Musica Angelica.

Pacific Chorale has also toured extensively to more than 19 countries in Europe, South America and Asia, and has collaborated with the London Symphony, the Munich 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 also places a significant emphasis on choral music education, offering grades 1-6 after-school programs, a high school student summer camp, and a community-wide singing event at Segerstrom Center for the Arts.


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