The Carmel Bach Festival is pleased to announce its new Youth Chorale beginning during the 2022-2023 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).

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 year," 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."


Virtual Audition deadline: May 25, 2022


Rehearsals/ Performance

Rehearsals begin in September 2022 (location TBD)

First concert: December 2022


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