A Message from Julie Cline Williamson
Dear California Desert Chorale Patron:
The Board of Directors of the California Desert Chorale has had to make some difficult decisions regarding our upcoming 27th season.
As the COVID-19 pandemic plays out in our community, it is unsafe for us to come together in person for rehearsals, or to perform collectively with an audience. We are sad and it is painful for us not to be able to make beautiful music in the same room with each other, which we are so passionate about.
The board is committed, however, to providing our membership and audiences with the best experience that is possible under the current circumstances. In June, the Chorale produced a virtual choir performance video of “Anthem” from the musical Chess. In the coming season, the Chorale will continue to work virtually on a series of songs in order produce livestream concert events. We are very excited about working on new ways to produce and bring music to you.
Despite the challenges we face, the board is committed to giving our members and interns a meaningful musical experience, while continuing our mission to enrich, educate, and entertain our audiences. We are so grateful to our donors and patrons and hope we can continue to count on your support during this difficult season. We look forward to seeing you online during one of our livestream events this year, and we look forward to getting our audiences back into the theater seats during our 28th season!
California Desert Chorale
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.
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.
I do hope everyone in this valley now realizes what a gem of a chorale they have right on their doorstep.
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.
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.
A high-quality, exciting, and powerful performance.
The California Desert Chorale presents an annual slate of concerts of a professional caliber that is more commonly found in larger metropolitan areas.
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…