This annual summer event unites singers from throughout the community with Pacific Chorale singers and alumni as well as distinguished guest artists in a free public performance.
Choral Festival FAQ
When can I register?
Registration will go live on May 1 at 10:00 a.m. at www.pacificchorale.org/choral-festival
What do I do if I’m not available to register online at that time?
No early registrations will be allowed. If you are traveling or otherwise unable to get online at the time that registration opens, we suggest that you find a reliable friend or family member to register you on your behalf. Here is the information they will need:
First Name, Last Name
How do you want your name to appear in the program?
Address, Daytime Phone , E-mail address
Voice Part (Soprano Alto Tenor Bass) and Divisi (First or Second)
Height in concert shoes
Are you a Pacific Chorale Alumna/us?
Chorus you sing with (Your chorus will be listed with your name in the program book)
Special needs or accessibility issues
Payment will need to be submitted by credit card at the time of registration, or we will need to receive a check by mail within 5 business days.
What are we singing this year?
Gabriel Faure Requiem, Rutter edition
What is the schedule?
Friday – Check in begins at 6:15. Rehearsal from 7:00-10:00pm
Saturday – rehearsals from 10 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. and 2:15 – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday – dress rehearsal at 2:00 p.m. Concert at 5:00 p.m.
The concert is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available online in early July.
How much does it cost to participate?
The cost for 2019 participants is $95, which includes all of your music (which you get to keep) and a commemorative CD. The Sunday night performance is free, but tickets are required.
Before June 15 – full refund
June 15 – July 15 – full refund minus $30 music fee
After July 15 – no refunds
Oh no! I’m on the wait list!
Due to the extreme popularity of this event, many sopranos and altos will end up the waiting list. We know you are disappointed and will do our best to accommodate as many singers as possible within the constraints of stage space and choral balance. Please be patient and we will contact you by e-mail if a spot becomes available for you.
Is there an age limit?
This program is designed and paced for adults. That said, anyone who is at least 16 and is able to keep up with an adult choir rehearsal is welcome. There is no upper age limit.
When/ how do I get my music?
Music will be mailed in the last 2 weeks of June. We will provide all participants with choral scores.
Can you help me learn my music?
Choristers are expected to prepare independently. But there are lots of online resources to help you.
For example, here is a recording of John Rutter himself conducting the entire piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3SlIemXgEU
Also, the lovely people of St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir in Sydney, Australia, have made these outstanding learning tracks “for the benefit of the global choral community.” Thanks, friends! https://www.stmaryssingers.com/faure-requiem.html
Here is a Latin pronunciation guide for the various chunks of Latin text: http://www.patriciagray.net/Latin/requiem.html
If you want to learn the mechanics of pronouncing Latin or need a written reminder, try this: https://sbchorusvt.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/requiem-pronunciation.pdf
Fun fact: Faure omits the Dies Irae, which is part of the liturgical Requiem Mass, because he felt death was a “happy deliverance rather than a mournful passing away.” He includes the In Paradisum, which is actually part of the Burial Mass, not the Requiem. Learn more here: https://maskoftheflowerprince.wordpress.com/2018/02/02/faures-luminous-requiem/
What do I wear?
The rehearsals are very casual, so come as you are. For the concert, you will need to wear all black. Ladies: 1/2, 3/4 or long sleeve black top with black slacks/ skirt or a black dress. Gentlemen: Black suit with a black shirt, tie of any color. Out of consideration for your fellow singers, DO NOT WEAR PERFUME OR COLOGNE.
Where do I park?
Parking in the structure behind the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall (next to the Westin Hotel) will be a flat rate of $12 on Friday & Sunday night. This is the most convenient location to access the stage entrance.
Map and details of parking structures and festival locations
Patrons of South Coast Plaza may park at the mall.
Please note that the Metro Center parking lot (near the old Macaroni Grille) now charges by the hour 24 hours a day.
What do I need to bring?
Your MUSIC in a BLACK binder or choir folder
A pencil to make notes
A water bottle with a lid to wet your whistle
As few valuables as humanly possible – there is no secure backstage storage for purses, etc.
Reminder – on Sunday, you need to come to rehearsal already dressed in your concert clothes. There is not space backstage for 400 of you to change!
How can I get tickets for my legions of fans?
Audience tickets will be available in July and will ONLY be available online at www.scfta.org. Audience tickets are free, but reservations are limited to 4 per transaction since this concert sells out every year.