The San Francisco Classical Voice Audience Choice Awards for 2021-22 were just announced and Pacific Chorale has received 2 of the coveted honors for:

Best Choral Performance: Pacific Chorale, “Songs of the Soul”

© Christian Amonson/Arts Laureate

Pacific Chorale was on comfortably contemporary ground for this March 2022 program, which combined a modernist masterpiece, Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Chorus, with a selection of shorter works by living composers. The Orange County ensemble under Artistic Director Robert Istad has a penchant for new music, and you took note, voting the choir to the top spot for “Best New Music Performance” as well.

Learn more about the program “Songs of the Soul.”


Best New Music Performance: Pacific Chorale, Tarik O’Regan’s The Stillness Chained

Tarik O’Regan © Frances Marshall Photography

Long relationships with composers pay off. Tarik O’Regan, Pacific Chorale’s former composer-in-residence, wrote The Stillness Chained for the ensemble back in 2020, and the chorus finally gave the premiere as part of its first program post-pandemic in October 2021.



Thank you to all who voted for us! See the full list of winners on SF Classical Voice here.

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