California Desert Chorale
2017/2018 Concerts and Events



Buy your tickets now for an American Songfest!

Maestro Tim Bruneau, Principal Accompanist Bruce Mangum and the 65 voices of the California Desert Chorale join forces with an orchestra of piano, strings, winds, brass and percussion to celebrate a varried patchwork of great American music.

Your patriotic spirit will be stirred by powerful renditions of The Star Spangled Banner and Irving Berlin’s stately God Bless America and you’ll be introduced to Gene Sheer’s amazing American Anthem, which was featured in Ken Burns’ PBS documentary, The Civil War.

The Chorale will dazzle you with a medley of iconic Walt Disney songs, a few classics by Stephen Foster, Aaron Copland and Paul Simon and a toe-tapping swing medley of Manhattan Transfer hits. Come and savor this mixed bouquet of Americana!

A Message from Artistic Director Tim Bruneau

Thank you for taking the time to visit California Desert Chorale’s website. After more than ten years as the Artistic Director of this organization, I take great pride in the many achievements of the wonderful group of people who make up our membership and the dedicated, tireless individuals who comprise our Board of Directors. Working together, these people raise collaboration to an art. I remain honored to be leading them to ever higher standards of performance and shepherding their emergence as one of the Coachella Valley’s genuine cultural treasures.

While a number of our members are professional singers, many others are talented, motivated amateurs who bring a wealth of musical education and varied choral experience to our ensemble. I’m convinced that it’s exactly this breadth of experience that allows me to explore an extraordinary variety of choral literature with the Chorale.

Whether you hear California Desert Chorale at one of our main concert series, or at one of our many community service performances for local charities, please take the time to stop and say hello to me and our members afterward. We are, first and foremost, about people working together, and we continually aspire to broaden and strengthen our connection to the people of our own beautiful valley. I invite you to come and witness the grace and humanity reflected on the faces of our members as they perform a piece of great music. You will, without question, be entertained, informed and enriched.

We were truly thrilled with “Friends in Song” Recital today at College of the Desert. The whole presentation was “out of this world”: the quality of performance (musicality, dynamics, intonation, vocal tone quality, charisma of the performers); the amazing variety of repertoire including timing, arrangement on the program…the contribution of your outstanding students and knowing what you, the Chorale, and this experience has meant to them and their family and friends in the audience is really an inspiration. The whole hour-plus was a “spiritual experience” as well a musical treat for both of us.
The California Desert Chorale presents an annual slate of concerts of a professional caliber that is more commonly found in larger metropolitan areas.
Coachella Valley BEACON
A high-quality, exciting, and powerful performance.
Mike and Carol - Palm Springs
I’m still filled with the spirit of joy, beauty and grace that you and the choir created and offered so generously to your audience.
Marianne - La Quinta
Your ensemble is such a gift to this community.  The powerful energy between you and the choir can be felt throughout the hall and serves as an inspiration to us all to work together to create beauty and harmony.
Jack - Palm Springs
I do hope everyone in this valley now realizes what a gem of a chorale they have right on their doorstep.
Dela - Palm Desert
With all of the unrest happening in the world these days, it was truly magical to see a large group of people dedicating themselves to the task of creating beauty.
Agnes - Rancho Mirage