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
Promote appreciation of and exposure to the choral arts through engaging performances of sacred and secular music in the Salinas and Monterey Peninsula communities.
Provide the Salinas and Monterey Peninsula communities with three concert sets in December, March and May. Our volunteer ensemble has established its reputation for singing a variety of traditional and contemporary repertoire at a nearly professional level. Along with engaging our audiences with seasonal selections in December and May, the focus of our March concert is on outreach and engagement of local high school youth. Our Camerata Futures program affords local high school singers the opportunity to sing and perform with a high quality choral ensemble on selections that are more advance than those normally performed in most high school programs. The repertoire often includes orchestrated works with skilled instrumental ensembles which expands the student’s range of experience, develops their musicianship, and hopefully stimulates their interest and lifelong engagement in the choral arts. We also offer the students the opportunity to apply for a modest scholarship to help further their education after singing in our program .
“I was thrilled to return to California this [March, 2017] season to make my solo debut with the Camerata Singers of Monterey County, a group I enjoyed singing with as a high schooler [Camerata Futures] growing up on the Peninsula.”
Hailed for her focused soprano and crystal tone, Maggie Finnegan is a versatile soprano, singing repertoire spanning from medieval to contemporary. Recently Maggie made her Kennedy Center debut as the First Prize and Audience Award winner of the Washington International Competition for Voice. Specializing in new music, this past season she premiered operas with The Center for Contemporary Opera, Vital Opera, The American Chamber Opera Company and her season includes concert performances with the Avanti Orchestra, The New Dominion Chorale, The City Choir of Washington and the PyeongChang Winter Music Festival in South Korea.
— Maggie Finnegan, Boston