The Masterwork Chorale
We are a non-denominational, community choral group with approximately 120 singers, which joins forces with the Chancel Choir to sing our choral concerts here at First Church.
We perform two major concerts a year—early December and in the spring. Selected musicians from the San Diego Symphony Orchestra accompany our performances.
Join the Masterwork Chorale
All voice parts are welcome and there are no auditions, although singers should have an ability to read moderately difficult music. Members pay a $50 fee per semester to join and also need to bring their own music, purchased at the same time as the online registration or at the first rehearsal. Registration must be done online before the first rehearsal and payment should be made via PayPal or by check (payable to FUMCSD) at the first rehearsal.
Lenten Choral Concert: Sunday, April 2, 2017, 7 PM.
Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn
Tuesdays, 7:30-9 PM from January 10 through March 21 Music Center choir room
Sunday, March 19, 1-3 PM p.m. Choir room
Sunday, March 26, 2-4 PM Sanctuary
Tuesday, March 28, 7:30-9:30 PM Sanctuary
Saturday, April 1, 1:45-4:30 PM Sanctuary
First Rehearsal Instructions
Please come to the Trotter Chapel at 7 PM on January 10, 2017 to confirm your registration and to pick up your music. The rehearsal will start at 7:30 PM in the choir room of the Music Center at First United Methodist Church of San Diego. The Trotter Chapel and the Sutherland Family Music Center are located immediately to the west of our main sanctuary.
Spring 2017 Masterwork Chorale online registration ($50 per semester)
Spring 2017 music score:
Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn (G Schirmer edition) - $10
Music scores can be purchased at the same time as the online registration or at the first rehearsal.
Online registration is now open
Sorry the Soprano section is now filled. To be added to the soprano waiting list, please contact Katie Englund at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information contact Stan or Katie
The Masterwork Chorale began as the Hoover Masterwork Chorale in 1969 when Robert Cooper formed and directed a community choir composed of Hoover High School choral students and volunteer adult singers (many of whom were Hoover parents) to perform Ralph Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony in commemoration of San Diego's 200th "birthday"—the establishment of Father Serra's mission in Old Town.
That was the auspicious and ambitious beginning of the group which has evolved into our current Masterwork Chorale, based at First United Methodist Church, where Robert Cooper was Director of Music for 25 years. When Stan Wicks took over that position in 1998 he continued the tradition of producing the finest works in the sacred classical repertoire.
See previous performances 1969-2014
Masterwork Chorale Secretary