• About

    Who are we?

    The Orange Community Master Chorale was founded in 1994 and is a non-profit community based choir located in the city of Orange, in Orange County, California, U.S.A. The OC Master Chorale has a reputation for being one of the finest community choral organizations in Southern California. It is open to any person in Southern California who wishes to sing.

  • Performances

    Where do we sing?

    From it’s founding, The Orange Community Master Chorale has been participating in and creating events that help the City of Orange to be more culturally diverse and musically aware. Two events created by the chorus are the Tree Lighting and Candlelight Procession for the City of Orange ( since1995) and “Third of July Program” a patriotic program for the 3rd of July (Since 1996)! Each of these events has a draw of several thousand people. The chorus is also been selected to be a featured choir for special performances annually such as the "Candlelight Procession " at Disneyland, in Anaheim, California. And they have been featured entertainment for the Disney Community Service Awards. We also present a fall and Spring concerts featuring works such as Carmina Burana by Orff, Five Tudor Portraits by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Verdi Requiem and Lux Aeterna by Morten Lauridsen. In May of 2009 the OC Master Chorale performed the Lux Aeterna in Carnegie Hall under the direction of their director Michael Short. Our most recent performance was Carmina Burana by Carl Orff with Symphony Irvine and the Master Chorale of Saddleback Valley.

  • Tours

    Where have we traveled?

    The Orange Community Master Chorale is a choir of 80 – 90 singers who’s talents are in demand on a year round schedule. The Master Chorale has completed two “European Concert Tours” one tour of the British Islands and a “Greek Concert Tour” in April of 2011. During the summer of 2015 we had an amazing “Concert Tour of Ireland” where were joined with the “Master Chorale of Saddleback Valley” for this exciting adventure in the summer of 2015. Check the Pictures. We have just returned from New York and are planning a concert tour of Scotland and Wales in the summer of 2019!

  • Musical Director

    Who is our leader?

    Michael Short

    With a bachelor’s degree from Chapman University in Orange, California and a master’s degree in choral conducting from California State University, Fullerton, Michael Short is the founder and musical director of the Orange Community Master Chorale. In addition to secular responsibilities as vocal music director at Orange High School, Mr. Short has directed music at First United Methodist Church of Orange since 1988.

    He has an extensive and active participation as an adjudicator in choral festivals and honor choir performances as well as with the American Choral Directors Association on a regional and national level.

    Producing and directing, in cooperation with the City of Orange, the annual 3rd of July patriotic program (with fireworks) and the Treelighting and Candlelight Procession in the downtown plaza for the last twenty-five years are among the highlights on his resume. This December will again find him at the helm of the Second Annual Christmas in Southern California presentation at Chapman University’s Musco Center. Mr. Short has directed several concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York City with both high school and adult participants and he regularly organizes concert tours for both age groups in the United States and abroad. (Another trip is planned to Scotland, Wales and England for the Orange Community Master Chorale in July of 2019.)

    Mr. Short’s choral groups—school and church—have appeared in two feature films, Ed Wood and Sister Act 2 and performed musical voice-over for a movie about Stan Lee. Among his many awards and recognitions are the prestigious Bravo Award from the Los Angeles Music Center, Outstanding Teacher from the Orange Unified School District, a Teacher of the Year finalist, Outstanding Alumnus from Chapman University and he was selected Citizen of the Year by the City of Orange.

    TThe latest project to be the recipient of Mr. Short’s boundless enthusiasm and leadership is the creation of a venue to feature the creative artists of the community called Greater Orange Community Arts Theater (GOCAT) which is now in planning stages. (Stay tuned.)

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  • Tree Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Choir Procession

    Join us for an evening of holiday cheer and family fun as we sing traditional carols of the season with the Orange Community Master Chorale led by musical director Michael Short.

    Holiday Festivities begin at 3:30 pm. The Main Musical Program and Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 5:15 pm.

    Our local non-profit groups will provide delicious food and youth activities for a nominal charge.

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  • 3rd of July Celebration - Orange

    Any city can celebrate America’s birthday on July 4. The City of Orange does it the right way, starting the party a day early.

    Orange is proud to present the Annual “3rd of July” Celebration and Fireworks Spectacular. Residents and visitors are invited to come out to El Modena High School – Fred Kelly Stadium on Monday, July 3rd beginning at 4 p.m. to get the Independence Day party started early.

    For over two decades, the City of Orange 3rd of July Celebration has been a beloved community event. The July 3rd Celebration features live music, a petting zoo, pony rides, children’s activities, community food booths, and an authentic hometown carnival atmosphere. When the sun sets, our grand finale begins with a performance by the Orange Community Master Chorale, and climaxes with a patriotic fireworks salute to America.

    In order to protect the field at Fred Kelly Stadium, the following items are not allowed on the field: lawn chairs, food, drinks, seeds of any kind, gum, popcorn, hard soled or high-heel shoes, and any other items staff deem as harmful to the field. Wheeled items such as strollers, wheelchairs, wagons, or other wheeled items are only permitted in designated areas.

    Tickets are $7- children two years old and under are free- and can be purchased at the Community Services Department, 230 East Chapman Ave. through 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 3. Tickets may also be purchased at the event site after 1 p.m.

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  • Music Music Music

    Relax and enjoy a concert filled with some of your favorite Broadway and film tunes from the last fifty years or so, featuring selections by the chorale, and a smaller group of performers as well as solos, duets and combos.

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  • A Southern California Christmas

    Musco Center Presents
    Join us for the second annual tradition as more than 150 performers from across Southern California – musicians, singers, dancers – bring you a holiday spectacular packed full of your favorite carols. From the triumphal tones of a brass fanfare to the thrilling sound of a chorus in full voice and the sugarplum dreams woven by dancers’ feet, there’s something for all ages in this merry delight. It’s a show that’s sure to make your Christmas season glow brightly.

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  • 9/11 Commemoration at the Nixon Library

    Honor the brave men and women who lost their lives 17 years ago.

    A special commemoration ceremony will be held in the magnificent White House East Room, and will include patriotic performances by a near 200-member choir and band, formal Presentation of Colors and singing of our National Anthem by the Air Force Blue Eagles Honor Guard, remarks by new Orange County Fire Authority Chief Brian Fennessy and Orange County Undersheriff Don Barnes.

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  • Spring Concert 2019 TBA

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  • Holiday Concerts Info

    Tree Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Choir Procession

    Location:
    Old Towne Orange Plaza


    Date:
    Sunday, December 2, 2018
    Time:
    3:30 pm - 7:00 pm


    A Southern California Christmas

    Location:
    Musco Center of the Arts


    Date:
    December. 16, 2018
    Time:
    4:00 PM


    OTHER INFORMATION: Box Office is open Tuesday-Friday 12:00-6:00pm and 60 minutes before showtime.
    Tickets: $25-$55
    http://muscocenter.org/event/a-southern-california-christmas/ for more info.

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  • Patriotic Concerts Info

    3rd of July Celebration - Orange

    Location::
    El Modena High School
    3920 E. Spring St.
    Orange, CA 92869


    Date:
    July 3, 2019
    Time:
    4:00pm - 9:00pm


    Tickets: $7 - children two years old and under are free- and can be purchased at the Community Services Department, 230 East Chapman Ave. through 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 3. Tickets may also be purchased at the event site after 1 p.m.


    9/11 Commemoration at the Nixon Library

    Location:
    Nixon Library East Room

    Date:
    September 11, 2019
    Time:
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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  • Seasonal Concerts Info

    Music Music Music

    Location::
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    4101 E. Nohl Ranch Road
    Anaheim,

    Date:
    July 3, 2019
    Time:
    4:00pm - 9:00pm


    Tickets: $15.

    INFORMATION: Contact (714)323-2467 or (714)325-7648


    Spring Concert 2019 TBA

    Location:
    TBA

    Date:
    TBA

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Calendar and Itinerary

  1. October

    October 1st - 29th Time
    3rd – No Rehearsal N/A
    8th - Regular Monday Rehearsal

    Location:
    Orange High School
    525 N Shaffer St,
    Orange, CA

    7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
    15th - Regular Monday Rehearsal

    Location:
    Orange High School
    525 N Shaffer St,
    Orange, CA

    7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
    20th – Tryouts for Musco

    Location:
    Orange High School
    525 N Shaffer St,
    Orange, CA

    In the choir room at OHS. You will sign up in a group of 4, all the same singing parts.

    10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    20th – Dress rehearsal - "Music Music Music"

    Location:
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    4101 E. Nohl Ranch Road,
    Anaheim, CA

    There will be sign up sheets for set up and teardown of chairs and risers. Times for pick up at OHS and Church TBD. Also call time for Sunday 10/21 will be announced.

    4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
    21st – Fall Concert “Music Music Music"”

    Location:
    Trinity Lutheran Church
    4101 E. Nohl Ranch Road,
    Anaheim, CA

    Warmups start at 1:00 pm

    4:00 pm
    22nd – Tryouts for Musco

    Location:
    Orange High School
    525 N Shaffer St,
    Orange, CA

    In the choir room at OHS. You will sign up in a group of 4, all the same singing parts.

    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    22nd - Regular Monday Rehearsal

    Location:
    Orange High School
    525 N Shaffer St,
    Orange, CA

    7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
    29th – Tryouts for Musco

    Location:
    Orange High School
    525 N Shaffer St,
    Orange, CA

    In the choir room at OHS. You will sign up in a group of 4, all the same singing parts.

    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    29th - Regular Monday Rehearsal

    Location:
    Orange High School
    525 N Shaffer St,
    Orange, CA

    7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
  2. November

    November 5th - 26th Time
    5th - Regular Monday Rehearsal

    Location:
    Orange High School
    525 N Shaffer St,
    Orange, CA

    7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
    12th - Regular Monday Rehearsal

    Location:
    Orange High School
    525 N Shaffer St,
    Orange, CA

    7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
    19th - Regular Monday Rehearsal

    Location:
    Orange High School
    525 N Shaffer St,
    Orange, CA

    7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
    26th – Area Rehearsal - "Tree Lighting"

    Location:
    First United Methodist
    161 South Orange St.
    Orange , CA 92866

    There will be sign up sheets for set up and teardown

    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. December

    December 1st - 16th Time
    1st – Dress rehearsal for Tree Lighting

    Location:
    Orange Fire Department - Equipment Area
    176 South Grand St,
    Orange, CA 92866

    9:00 am -12:00 noon
    2nd - Tree Lighting

    Location:
    1 Plaza Square
    Orange, CA 92866

    2:00 pm on TBA
    3rd - MUSCO Rehearsal

    Location:
    Orange High School
    525 N Shaffer St,
    Orange, CA

    7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
    10th - MUSCO Rehearsal

    Location:
    Orange High School
    525 N Shaffer St,
    Orange, CA

    7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
    13th – Rehearsal at MUSCO

    Location:
    Musco Center for the Arts
    One University Drive,
    Orange, CA

    6:45pm – 10:00 pm
    15th – Rehearsal at MUSCO

    Location:
    Musco Center for the Arts
    One University Drive,
    Orange, CA

    12:00 to 3:00 pm
    16th – Concert MUSCO

    Location:
    Musco Center for the Arts
    One University Drive,
    Orange, CA

    Meet at 1:30 pm

    Meet 1:30 pm / Concert 4:00 pm
  4. January

    January 14th Time
    14th - Regular Monday Rehearsal

    Location:
    Orange High School
    525 N Shaffer St,
    Orange, CA

    7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
  5. February

  6. March

  7. April

  8. May

  9. June

  10. July

    July 2nd - 18th Time / Day
    2nd - 3rd of July Dress Rehearsal

    Location:
    El Modena High School / Fred Kelly Stadium
    3920 E Spring St,
    Orange, CA 92869

    7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
    3rd - 3rd of July Celebration - Orange

    Location:
    El Modena High School / Fred Kelly Stadium
    3920 E Spring St,
    Orange, CA 92869

    2:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    8th - American Celebration of Music in Great Britain

    Depart via scheduled air service to Glasgow, Scotland

    Day 1
    9th - Glasgow

    Arrive in Glasgow
    Meet your MCI Tour Manager, who will assist the group to awaiting chartered motorcoach
    Journey to the Trossachs National Park for a Loch Lomond Cruise
    Late afternoon hotel check-in
    Evening Welcome Dinner included, and overnight

    Glasgow is Scotland's largest and most highly populated city. In the 1980s and 1990s, Glasgow transformed itself into a vibrant post-industrial city. The city centre, with its ornate Victorian buildings is the stage for the new Glasgow, sparkling with nightlife, shopping, pubs and restaurants that are just about unmatched anywhere else in Scotland

    Day 2
    10th - Glasgow

    Breakfast included at the hotel
    Enjoy a half-day of sightseeing of the city, including entrance to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, one of Scotland’s most popular museums. With 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an astonishing 8,000 objects, the extensive collections are wide ranging and international significant
    Lunch, on own
    Afternoon time at leisure
    Performance at Broomhill Hyland Church in Glasgow as part of the American Celebration of Music in Great Britain
    Evening dinner on own, and overnight

    Day 3
    11th - Edinburgh

    Breakfast included at the hotel, followed by check-out
    Morning transfer to Edinburgh with a panoramic tour of the city upon arrival
    Lunch, on own
    Afternoon visit to Edinburgh Castle, followed by time at leisure
    Evening dinner on own, and overnight

    Edinburgh, with its striking medieval and Georgian districts, overlooked by the volcanic sill of Arthur's Seat to the south and the Calton Hill to the north, is widely regarded as one of Europe's loveliest capitals. The city is famous for the arts (it was once known as the "Athens of the North"), a preeminence reflected in its hosting every year of Britain's largest arts extravaganza, the Edinburgh Festival. Its museums and galleries display the riches of many cultures

    Day 4
    12th - Edinburgh

    Breakfast included at the hotel
    Morning visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse
    Lunch, on own
    Afternoon time at leisure
    Performance at Canongate Kirk in Edinburgh as part of the American Celebration of Music in Great Britain
    Evening dinner included, and overnight

    Day 5
    13th - York

    Breakfast included at the hotel, followed by check-out
    Transfer to York
    Journey across the Scottish Border’s and Hadrian’s Wall Country. The view will offer gentle rolling hills and ruined abbeys left by King Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries in the 16th century. Also view the remnants of Hadrian’s Wall which stretches for over 80 miles from the west to east coast of England’s Northern foothills. This remarkable feat of Roman engineering was built in AD 122 to keep out the ‘barbarians’ to the north
    Lunch, on own
    Next, visit Housesteads Roman Fort. Once home to a garrison of 800 men, Housesteads Roman Fort was one of the most important strongholds on the wall with the job of protecting the frontiers of the Roman Empire
    Continue on to York
    Evening dinner on own, and overnight

    Day 6
    14th - York

    Breakfast included at the hotel
    Transfer to York
    Morning walking tour of York. Visit York Minster (the largest medieval cathedral in England). Also visit the Shambles (the most visited among many streets with overhanging timber-framed houses), and many other attractions
    Lunch, on own
    Performance at St. Lawrence Church in York as part of the American Celebration of Music in Great Britain
    Evening dinner included, and overnight

    Day 7
    15th - North Wales

    Breakfast included at the hotel, followed by check-out
    Transfer to North Wales via Chester
    Stop in Chester for a walking tour
    Lunch, on own
    Visit to Chester Cathedral
    Evening dinner on own, and overnight

    Day 8
    16th - North Wales

    Breakfast included at the hotel
    Morning journey through the Snowdonia National Park with a visit to Caernarfon Castle
    Lunch, on own
    Shared Performance with local Choir
    Evening Farewell Dinner included, and overnight

    Day 9
    17th - Liverpool

    Breakfast included at the hotel, followed by check-out
    Transfer to Liverpool with a panoramic tour of the city upon arrival. Visit The Beatles Story. Discover everything you will need to know about the world’s greatest rock band at the award winning The Beatles Story in Liverpool’s Mersey-side Albert Dock. The Beatles met as teenagers in the maritime city of Liverpool before shooting to worldwide fame with hits like She Loves You and Love Me Do. This UNESCO City of Music has become intrinsically linked with the Fab Four and it’s only right that the world’s largest permanent Beatles exhibition is located on the city’s iconic riverside
    Lunch, on own
    Afternoon time at leisure
    Evening dinner included, and overnight

    Day 10
    18th - Depart for home

    Breakfast included at the hotel, followed by check-out
    Transfer to the Manchester Airport for return flight home

    Day 11
    *Subject to confirmation

    This is a very flexible itinerary. Except for confirmed appointments and performances, the places of interest and the sequence of sightseeing might be changed if necessary or desirable. In the event of an unavoidable conflict in the performance and the sightseeing schedule, the concert schedule will prevail, and it may be necessary to exclude some sightseeing activities.

  11. August

  12. September

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