To provide high quality cultural and educational opportunities for audiences through the
production of choral music recognized for its imaginative programming and performance
The Big Idea
Through the production of choral music, the Camerata Singers hope to provide the community with respite during these uncertain times. The ensemble expands and enriches the choral music culture of Monterey County by providing artistic interpretation of choral music across multiple genres for local audiences. They also offer opportunities for education in the choral arts and development of young singers and musicians, many of whom go on to have careers in music and the arts. Music has
the power to comfort us and challenge us, and their selection of works to perform delves into emotionally challenging and contemporary material, like their 2020 performance of Considering Matthew Shepard, a song about the hate crime murder of a young gay man in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998.
Performing Considering Matthew Shepard in March was truly the most important thing I’ve done in my life. The text and music of that composition are so deftly crafted. Many in our audience told me that they were deeply moved and simply “had no words.” The soloists, the chorus and the instrumentalists all performed to the very best of their abilities, and I consider it to be my finest work in my two decades with the Camerata Singers.
- John Koza