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.
A mixed-gender audition choir located in Irvine, the Choral Arts Initiative won the American Prize in Choral Performance in 2014.
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.
If you love singing Gospel music and live in the Yorba Linda area, this audition choir might be for you.
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.
The Orange County Women’s Chorus, which rehearses in Newport Beach, is an all-female audition choir about 40 members strong.
The Orange Community Master Chorale is an audition choir that rehearses in Orange.
The South Coast Singers is an audition choir based in Capistrano Beach. They sing in both classical and contemporary styles.
The Meistersingers is an audition choir based in Huntington Beach that puts on educational programs for the public.
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.
The San Clemente Choral Society is a San Clemente-based non-audition choir that blends classic and contemporary repertoire.
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!