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Another FABULOUS Holiday Concert by the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale, Youth Chorale and Orchestra. 

On December 19 and 20, 2015, our Maestro once again pulled it all together, and the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale presented one of the best Holiday Concerts in years. As each year takes on a slightly different flavor, it is always interesting to see which musical selections really stand out. This year, we performed three totally different versions of ‘Ave Maria’ and I feel that those pieces showcased the blending of our voices during the quieter sections. These were my personal favorites.

Our Youth Chorale Ensemble brought plenty of smiles to the faces of our concert attendees. The sweetness of their young voices gave the carols they sung a special touch and poignancy that cannot be duplicated. They also joined the Chorale on some more traditional carols, and they along with the audience helped create some truly magical moments.

There was a medly that included both Latin and German sections, and no Holiday repertoire is complete without a lively drinking song. In bringing forth ‘Gloucestershire Wassail’, one went back to a simpler time when Hallmark and online shopping didn’t exist. Time traveling becomes a reality through the magic of music. If you missed this season’s Holiday Concert, we hope you will join us for our 2016 Spring concert Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 1 at 3:00 p.m. at the Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall.

Spring Concert Announced

Spring Concert 2016
Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 1 at 3:00 p.m.
Solvang Veterans Memorial Hall

Coronation Concert
Coronation Mass – W. A. Mozart

Piano Concerto No. 9 in E flat major, – 3rd movement
Motets – Anton Bruckner
Locus Iste
Os Justi
Christus Factus Est
Lord Our Creator – Felix Mendelssohn
O Divine Redeemer - Charles Gounod
Coronation Anthem – G. F. Handel



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Vera kong
Joins the chorale as accompanist

Vera Kong has appeared in chamber and solo recitals throughout the United States, Russia, China, and South Korea. She has served as a pianist at the renowned vocal studios of Marilyn Horne, Marlena Malas, and Carlos Serrano; the violin studio of Yuval Yaron; the Manhattan School of Music; the Collegiate School in New York; the Hawaii Performing Art Festival; the Brevard Music Festival; and the Ojai Youth Opera. She was a recipient of a Stern fellowship to study with eminent pianist Martin Katz at SongFest and a two-time, first prize recipient for the John E. Profant Foundation award.

Vera's education includes a master's degree in collaborative piano from the Manhattan School of Music in New York, as a merit scholarship recipient under the tutelage of Kenneth Merrill. She received her bachelor’s degree in collaborative piano from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she was recruited by Anne Epperson as the first undergraduate student accepted to study both in collaborative piano and solo piano. She was privileged to study solo piano with distinguished pianist and teacher Dr. Charles Asche, who has become her mentor and supporter.

In great demand as a piano pedagogue, Vera is an active piano faculty member at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, a vocal coach at Ojai Youth Opera and a music director at Faith Lutheran Church and Santa Barbara Anglican Church. She maintains a full schedule at her piano studio at the Music Academy of the West, and her students consistently receive top honors in festivals and competitions.

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spring concert

The Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale and Orchestra are pleased to announce their spring concert line up. The first half of the concert will feature the magnificent Coronation Mass by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Mass was completed in Salzburg in 1779 when Mozart was 23 years old and first performed at the Salzburg Cathedral. (As a side note, the Chorale performed in Salzburg on its 2006 European tour.)

The second half of the concert will feature the Chorale’s new accompanist/pianist, Vera Kong on a composition yet to be determined, followed by classical choral masterpieces, including: three motets by the Romantic composer, Anton Bruckner that he composed when he was the organist at Sankt Florian, Austria, the closing chorus of Elijah, Lord Our Creator, by the Classical composer, Felix Mendelssohn, and Charles Gounod’s sublime and ethereal Romantic period piece, O Divine Redeemer. The program will conclude with the Coronation Anthem by Baroque composer, G.F. Handel. The Coronation Anthem has been performed for every coronation in England since Handel composed it in 1727 at the age of 42.

The Master Chorale invites interested singers to join in the preparation and presentation of these classical masterpieces. The first rehearsal is Tuesday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2672 Janin Way, Solvang. For an audition, arrive at 7:10 p.m. Rehearsals are every Tuesday from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. with two or three additional rehearsals just prior to the concerts on April 30 and May 1. Members are expected to prepare between rehearsals.

The Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale has been “bringing music to life” in the Valley for 38 years and welcomes singers who wish to prepare and present diverse choral music. For more information, singers are invited to call 805-350-4241.

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chris bowman


Chris A. Bowman is a multifaceted musician with credits as a conductor, award-winning composer, arranger, organist, pianist and trumpeter. He is equally at home with classical, popular or jazz styles of music. Currently, he is the Conductor of the Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale & Orchestra; a musician, composer, arranger for WavePoint Productions and Director of Music/Organist/Pianist at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. Mr. Bowman’s original music can be heard on Pandora, Itunes, Spotify, Rhapsody and more.

Mr. Bowman has conducted and directed orchestras, choirs, and various ensembles at The Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, the Aspen Music Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, California Institute of the Arts, College of the Canyons, California State University-Northridge, the Los Angeles Music Center, throughout the United States, Quebec and Europe. He has worked with and studied under, Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta, Helmuth Rilling, Peter Schreier, Christopher Hogwood, Erich Kunzel - “The Prince of Pops” and Roger Wagner. He served on the music faculty at College of the Canyons and Oxnard College.

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The Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale, Youth Chorale and Orchestra are a community of dedicated members who share a passion for the joyful and o developing their artistic excellence as an ensemble and as individuals, by mastering increasingly demanding choral compositions and arrangements.

The intense personal commitment of each member is manifested in the high energy brought to all phases of participation: rehearsal schedules, fund-raising, administration, management, and artistic development. It is a commission that they undertake with reverence for the power of music; it is their contribution to a celebration of who we are, as a community and as human beings. They offer this experience to others by welcoming their participation without regard to age, color, gender, religious or political affiliation. It's about the music!

The Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale is poised for an exciting leap into the future, taking bold steps to balance artistic growth with a sustainable infrastructure. Funding efforts are aimed at attracting and retaining quality orchestral support and distinctive leadership, increasing learning opportunities for members, supporting educational outreach to young people, and maintaining a presence as a community resource for vocal training and performance.


Music Director: Chris A. Bowman
President: Amanda Pyper
Vice President: Susie Harrison
Treasurer: Erica Holten
Secretary: Melissa Rugge

Barbara Brown
Diane Byington
Kay Dominguez
Greg Duer
Alfred Holzheu
Richard Lane
Bonnie Lewis
Erica Miller

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