10 Choirs for Adults in Orange County

Often, the adult singers I work with share a common complaint: they love to sing but don’t have an outlet for it outside of voice lessons. Maybe you’re an experienced singer looking for a professional-level singing organization to join, or maybe you just want a laid-back group of like-minded people to sing with. Luckily, the Orange County choirs on this list can accommodate all of these needs. From prestigious audition choirs with rigid rehearsal schedules to relaxed non-audition ones that allow members to come and go each season, there’s something for everyone. In completely random order, here are 10 choirs for adults in Orange County.

1. Choral Arts Initiative

A mixed-gender audition choir located in Irvine, the Choral Arts Initiative won the American Prize in Choral Performance in 2014.

2. Pacific Chorale

Arguably the most prestigious choir on this list, the Pacific Chorale is located in the Santa Ana/Costa Mesa area and often performs at the Segerstrom Center For the Arts.

3. Yorba Linda Gospel Ensemble

If you love singing Gospel music and live in the Yorba Linda area, this audition choir might be for you.

4. Orange County Millennial Choirs

The Millennial Choirs are made up of several different choirs. The adult one, which is an audition choir that costs $50 per semester to be a part of, is called the Grand Chorus. Rehearsals take place in Newport Beach, and the choir often performs at Segerstrom.

5. Orange County Women’s Chorus

The Orange County Women’s Chorus, which rehearses in Newport Beach, is an all-female audition choir about 40 members strong.

6. Orange Community Master Chorale

The Orange Community Master Chorale is an audition choir that rehearses in Orange.

7. South Coast Singers

The South Coast Singers is an audition choir based in Capistrano Beach. They sing in both classical and contemporary styles.

8. Meistersingers

The Meistersingers is an audition choir based in Huntington Beach that puts on educational programs for the public.

9. Orange County Classic Choral Society

For you laid-back singers out there, this one is a Garden Grove-based non-audition choir with a more flexible schedule.

*Update: This choir is currently on hiatus, and the link points to a choral society in New York.

10. San Clemente Choral Society

The San Clemente Choral Society is a San Clemente-based non-audition choir that blends classic and contemporary repertoire.

*New Additions

OC Sound Chorus

Based in Laguna Hills, this non-audition a cappella group looks like a fun place to meet new people and sing.

Meritage Vocal Arts Ensemble

The Meritage Vocal Arts Ensemble is an audition choir based in Anaheim. It’s 80 singers strong and includes an eclectic blend of music, from Baroque all the way to modern musical theatre. It’s directed by Dr. Sheridan Ball.

Have one we missed? Let us know in the comments below so that we can add it!

Hi everyone! Since so many of you commented about your own wonderful choirs, I’ve added another post including all that information. You can find it here!

26 Comments

  1. fearlessleader

    Thanks for including the OCWC on your list! —Eliza (director)

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  2. whittneymikkel

    Paul Delgado Singers, an auditioned professional level chamber choir and non-profit company based in North OC. http://www.pauldelgadosingers.org

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    • Molly Webb

      Thank you so much for the addition!

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  3. Nancy Karp

    Orange County Classic Choral Society is located in Orange County NEW YORK – And we are hardly “laid back” — we’re super-energized about being the best we can be. You probably meant to list the Orange County Choral Society from Huntington Beach, CA. This is a great site, however, and if any of you happen to be out here on the East Coast — definitely check us out. classicchoralsociety.org

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    • Molly Webb

      Nancy, thank you so much for pointing that out! I’d love to check you guys out the next time I’m in New York.

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  4. Andalee Reed

    Hi. I am looking for opportunities to sing pre-baroque choral music. Am fairly new to SoCal. Does anyone have contact info about any small groups getting together to sing that period music?
    J. Andalee.

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  5. Laura Taylor

    There is also Méritage based in Anaheim. Our conductor is Cristian Grasis (USC music professor) and we sing all styles of music from Broadway to Classical! We have about 50 singers and are always looking for more! This is an auditioned group. Look us up on Facebook!

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    • Molly Webb

      Your group sounds great, Laura! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  6. Margo

    Voices of Tustin. Voices of Tustin, a community choir, meets every Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Tustin High School choir room. They are 40 members strong and led by David Peay, twice awarded Teacher of the Year at Tustin High School.

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  7. Kristin Houser

    de Angelis Vocal Ensemble is an audition group, now heading into its 13th season. There will be 4 concerts this season, with 3 at the Basilica at the Mission in San Juan Capistrano, and 1 at Christ Cathedral. Matthew Gray is the director, and the music is heavenly!

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    • Molly Webb

      Thank you very much! Great to know!

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  8. Maureen

    The Festival Singers rehearse in Rancho Santa Margarita. An SATB mixed chorus singing all styles of music from the classics to musical theater. They present three major public concerts each season. Gary Toops is the Artistic Director.

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    • Molly Webb

      Thank you for the addition!

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  9. Bob Oesterreich

    MenAlive : The Orange County Gay Men’s Chorus

    MenAlive Mission: “Through music, men’s voices unite to entertain, inform, bring healing, joy, friendship and build bridges to the public at large.”

    Rehearsals begin Tuesday, April 24, at Church of the Foothills, for our upcoming “Heroes” concert on July 20-21 at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. An information/mixer night where you can audition for the chorus is scheduled for Saturday, April 21. Check us out at http://www.ocgmc.org

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    • Molly

      This is awesome! Thanks, Bob!

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  10. Eileen Lodyga

    You have missed the Master Chorale of Saddleback Valley. It is an auditioned choir of mixed voices that meets on Wednesday evenings at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in San Juan Capistrano.

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    • Molly

      Thanks, Eileen! That’s really helpful!

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  11. Linda Pascarella

    I am looking for a choir that sings all types of music, auditioned, located in Orange County and does NOT rehearse on Tuesday nights. Any suggestions?

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    • Molly

      Hey Linda! I know I’m replying to this very late (I just discovered all these comments), but the Master Chorale of Saddleback Valley that Eileen recommended looks like it fits the bill!

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  12. Kim Clark

    I am a member of OC Sound Chorus and there is an Audition. Also add Harborlites Chorus. Both OC Sound and Harborlites are part of Sweet Adelines International and are women only a capella choruses singing barbershop as well as other styles of music. Harborlies also has a music and choreography audition.

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  13. Kim Clark

    Barbershop harmony society (BHS) also has local chapters and they now accept men and women. Westminster Chorus (for younger men) and Masters of Harmony (in Santa Fe Springs) are award winning choruses. These are both male choruses but BHS recently voted to accept women.

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    • Molly

      Thanks for the addition, Kim!

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  14. Michael Buss

    In November 2019 Laura Taylor posted that you missed Meritáge Vocal Arts Ensemble, and still this chorus is not listed. With 80 singers under the direction of Dr Sheridan Ball this choir performs an eclectic mix from baroque and classical to modern musicals and other choral literature. This is an auditioned choir based in Anaheim.

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    • Molly

      Thanks, Michael! Just added it.

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