Channel Islands Choral Association is pleased to announce the 2021 Fall Choral Concert Season.

Channel Islands Choral Association (CICA) in partnership with CSU Channel Islands, Pleasant Valley School District and Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra is pleased to announce our 2021 Fall Choral Concert Season. Excerpts from two joyful and uplifting choral works will help herald a much-needed celebratory tone as our community launches their holiday celebrations: Morten Laurdisen’s Lux Aeterna and George Frideric Handel’s Messiah will be a part of CICA’s Holiday Choral Spectacular, Saturday, December 4 at 7 PM and Sunday, December 5 at 3 PM, Rancho Campana Performing Arts Center, Camarillo.

Members of the community, high school-aged and older, who wish to participate are cordially invited to audition and join. Alumni who have sung previously do not need to re-audition.

Understanding the need to offer flexibility during these unique times, CICA will be offering a slate of varying rehearsal formats designed to best fit the community’s needs and preferences. Community members can choose to participate in either in-person, outdoor Choral Workshops on Saturday mornings, attend virtual rehearsals on Monday evenings, or a combination of the two.

Community members electing to just attend Saturday Choral Workshops will be able to participate in 4 in-person, outdoor sessions: September 18, October 9, October 23 and November 13, 9:30 AM – 12 Noon. These workshops are designed to prepare singers for the presentation of Handel’s Messiah, and will be supported with safety protocols that have been established and regularly updated using federal, state and local requirements and guidelines. Please note, all 4 workshops must be attended in order to perform in the Holiday Choral Spectacular.

Should singers wish for more involvement and even broader musical training, virtual rehearsals in our VCR (Virtual Choir Room) will be available on Mondays starting at 6:30 PM beginning August 23rd. These rehearsals will include preparations for both the Fall and Spring performances of Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna and focused sectional work on Messiah. In addition, rehearsals in the VCR are designed to provide more in depth discussions on the works being performed, the composers being featured, as well as, provide members with guided access of online resources for practice at home.

For more information, please contact Dr. KuanFen Liu at downbeatplus@gmail.com. Also, visit www.cicachoir.org for *updates and the latest information.

*Please realize that due to the unique times, concert selections, rehearsal formats, times and dates are subject to change.

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