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Camerata Singers


To provide high quality cultural and educational opportunities for audiences through the production of choral music recognized for its imaginative programming and performance excellence.

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

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.