Choral Festival

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 16 at 10:00 a.m. at

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 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 2022 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.

Refund Policy
Before June 15 – full refund
June 15 – July 15 – full refund minus $30 music fee
After July 15 – no refunds

COVID Health and Safety
For the health and safety of everyone, all Festival participants will be required to submit proof of their COVID-19 vaccination, including all boosters for which they are eligible at the date of the festival.

Masking will be optional as long as Orange County’s community transmission remains in the green, “low” category. If community transmission escalates to a higher tier, masks will be required at all times, including rehearsals and the performance, and Pacific Chorale reserves the right to require testing prior to participation in the Festival. Find out the current status here:

If guidelines change before the start of the festival, registered participants will be notified by e-mail. If we are not able to hold the Choral Festival, full refunds will be offered. There will not be a virtual alternative.

Updated 03/28/2022

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. We will post them soon!

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  Audience tickets are free, but reservations are limited to 4 per transaction since this concert sells out every year.

30 thoughts on “Choral Festival”

  1. I’m thrilled for this opportunity, having sung this wonderful piece before and count it as my favorite. Thank you! My voice is quite rusty, though. Do you have coaches you can recommend?


  2. Hi, I was just introduced to your Festival, and am very excited about it! I’m filling out the Registration now, but am not clear what you mean by “Divisi”….at least in reference to Basses. Would Bass 1 be Baritones and Bass 2 be pure Basses? thank you


    1. You’re exactly right – Bass 1=baritone, and Bass 2=low bass. The Brahms Requiem very rarely splits into 8 parts, so we will be in a 4-part SATB split most of the time, but it never hurts to have this info handy!


  3. I am confused as to why both of the “for purchase” rehearsal guides seem only to be available in German I ordered it and found out afterwards. Is that the only option and I need to listen to German and practice the English words though the media is recorded in German?


  4. Every once in awhile, the rhythm in Cyberbass is minimally different from the score. Like the score will have a half note and Cyberbass will play two quarter notes. Or the reverse of that.

    I’m guessing that perhaps translating from German to English occasionally the words didn’t always perfectly match the rhythms? Maybe?

    Anyhow, just be aware of that. It’s not a big deal, but did confuse me at first. And it’s pretty rare that it occurs.


  5. It is my understanding participants each get 1 ticket. Will these be made available at rehearsal or should I get it through the box office?


    1. This event is completely free to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets are limited to 4 per transaction. So that means your friends, family and fans can have as many tickets as they want, but they can only reserve them 4 at a time. (This prevents people from reserving vast blocks of free tickets which might go unused.)
      Tickets are available ONLY online at Look for the Choral Festival on the calendar under August 14.


  6. I heard that the seats printed on the tickets do not actually matter. That it’s first come, first serve seating? Is this correct?


  7. My friend and I have a pronunciation question. In Movement 2, is the word Zion pronounced “Zah-ee-on” or “Seee-on”? Or something different?

    We’d like to get accustomed to correct pronunciation before rehearsals.



    1. Great question. We will be singing it in its original language(s), which is mostly Latin with a few wacky verses in Old Provencal thrown in for good measure. There is no English version! So dust off those Latin vowels – they’re easy! A pronunciation guide will be provided.


  8. Hi! Our Master Chorale of Saddleback Valley is performing Carmina Burana this spring, and many singers will be traveling to Carnegie Hall for a performance in May. So, I already have the score. (Schott) Can the registration cost be reduced if we don’t need another score? Thanks!


    1. That is so cool that you are going to Carnegie, and how great for us to have some super-prepared singers! We will be doing the Schott edition. Unfortunately, it is not possible to reduce the registration fee for those who already own the score. However, we can minimize the environmental impact. Just send an e-mail to to let us know you do NOT need us to mail you a copy of the score, and we can spare the trees and transportation for a few scores.


    1. Great question. We will be providing the Schott choral score, in which the men’s and women’s parts are separate. It looks like this:
      Participants are welcome to purchase their own full vocal-piano score instead (available on Amazon,, and many other online outlets.) Since there is only one edition of Carmina Burana, there is no risk of buying the “wrong” version.


  9. Looking at the music for female voices, movement 20, is it correct that Coro I sings the first 3 systems?

    Both Cyberbass and Choralia practice tracks have Coro II (S1, S2 and A) singing these 3 systems.


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