The Carmel Bach Festival is pleased to announce its new Youth Chorale beginning with the July 2020 Festival, and continuing into the 2020-2021 academic year.

The Bach Festival is further pleased to announce that Dr. David A. Dehner, director of Vocal Arts at Monte Vista Christian School in Watsonville, will lead the Youth Chorale. Dehner has been a music educator for more than 30 years and is a four-time Grammy Music Educator honoree. He has B.A. in Music, Lee University, a M.A. in Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting, Middle Tennessee State University, a D.M.A. in Voice, Musicology and Music Theory from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary School of Church Music, and post-graduate studies at University of Alabama and Westminster Choir College at Oxford University.

Students in grades 6-12 currently enrolled in their own school vocal music programs are eligible for this new and exciting opportunity (Some exceptions might apply; scheduling, homeschooled students, etc). Auditions take place May 23-24, 2020 for the 2020 Festival, and again next September for the 2020-2021 academic year, once the group becomes a year-round ensemble (due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, auditions might become virtual using unlisted YouTube video).

Academic-year rehearsals will begin in October, 2020. The Youth Chorale will grow to serve as a musical ambassador group representing the Bach Festival throughout the year. The Youth Chorale is intended to evolve to perform a holiday program, a spring program, and a concert during the Carmel Bach Festival in July featuring a wide range of classical and popular repertoire from the Baroque to contemporary works.

"We are thrilled to introduce the Youth Chorale this summer," said Bach Festival Executive Director Steve Friedlander. "And equally excited to have Dr. David Dehner direct the program. The Youth Chorale is a perfect addition to our renown professional Chorale and volunteer Chorus directed by Dr. Andrew Megill. The young vocalists will be inspired."

“Young musicians will experience the best possible in vocal arts education in the Carmel Bach Festival Youth Chorale,” said Dr. Dehner. “I look forward to creating this experience with them."

 

The initial performance of the Youth Chorale takes place Thursday, July 30, 2:30 at Carmel’s Church of the Wayfarer.

Auditions

  • 5/23 – Monte Vista Christian School, Watsonville (AM)
  • 5/24 – Monterey Peninsula College (PM)

Rehearsals/ Performance

Church of the Wayfarer, Lincoln St &, 7th Ave, Carmel-By-The-Sea

  • Wednesday 7/15, 10:00—12:30; 2:00—4:30
  • Friday 7/17, 10:00—12:30; 2:00—4:30
  • Wednesday 7/22, 10:00—12:30; 2:00—4:30
  • Friday 7/24, 10:00—12:30; 2:00—4:30
  • Sunday 7/26, 12:00—3:30
  • Monday 7/27, 10:00—12:30
  • Wednesday 7/29, 10:00—12:30; 2:00—4:30 (Dress rehearsal)
  • Thursday 7/30, 2:30 Concert