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About Los Robles Master Chorale

Los Robles Master Chorale celebrates its 37th season in 2014-2015 and has emerged as one of southern California's premier regional choirs. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lesley Leighton, LRMC envisions a community in which choral music connects all generations through the power and beauty of the human voice.

Presenting four concerts annually, the chorale offers repertoire ranging from the great masterworks to today's most prominent and up and coming composers, and regularly performs with Ventura County's New West Symphony. Amidst its most notable appearances the chorale sang at the Ronald Reagan Library as part of A Concert for America in commemoration of the former president's centennial birthday in 2011. In 2012, LRMC was invited to perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in The Mahler Project and was one of the choirs that made up the 1,000 voices for Mahler's Symphony No. 8. The ensemble is recognized as a valuable stepping-stone for singers aspiring to become professional performers, and members are selected through auditions, which are held annually each spring.

Los Robles Master Chorale often collaborates with world-class choral composers such as Morten Lauridsen and Shawn Kirchner, creating fresh insight into the interpretations of their works. The group has given West Coast premieres of works by John Tavener, Franz Biebl, Matthew Brown, Bruce Vandervalk, Melanie McCoy, and Steve Eisle, in addition to world premieres of works by John Rutter, Christina Whitten Thomas, Lauren McLaren, Jordan Nelson, Thomas Goedecke, Jasper Randall, and Lesley Leighton, and has hosted such distinguished guest conductors as Roger Wagner, Sir David Willcocks, Paul Salamunovich, Vance George, and Lloyd Pfautsch. The chorale has traveled on six international tours to Helsinki, Paris, Salzburg, London, Rome, Florence, and Prague, performing in Notre Dame Cathedral, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Salzburg Cathedral, Basilica San Marco, the Duomo di Santa Maria del Fiore, Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore, and Dvorak Hall.

A concert tour to Ireland is planned for the summer of 2015 and features music from the United Kingdom and the United States. Founded in 1977, LRMC began as a community choir, and in 2008 Artistic Director Lesley Leighton took the podium and propelled the chorale to new heights. Leighton provides the ensemble with the highest quality leadership, striving towards excellence with every performance. With Leighton's extensive professional background, LRMC continues to gain recognition as one of southern California's finest regional choirs.

Mission Statement

We are a volunteer chorus that presents masterworks and new choral music to our community. We act as stewards of the tradition of choral excellence in our region through performance, collaboration with other arts organizations in our community, education of our audiences and young singers, and encouraging new choral compositions through our Young Artist Choral Composer Competition.

Vision Statement

We envision a community in which choral music connects all generations through the power and beauty of the human voice.

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