About

Singers

Mission Statement: 
The Long Beach Camerata Singers is dedicated to excellence in choral music. We enrich the lives of our community and performers through a broad spectrum of repertoire, innovative programming, and arts education.

Dr. James Bass
Artistic Director

Tammi Alderman
Assistant Director

Na-Young Shin
Accompanist

History
The Long Beach Camerata Singers was founded in 1966 by Frank
Allen as the Vocal Arts Ensemble, and served as the resident chorus
for the Long Beach Bach Festival, which he founded in 1973. In 1983
Dr. David Wilson, a professor of choral music at USC, succeeded
Frank Allen and led the choir for over twenty years, expanding the
Camerata Singers’ repertoire and changing its name. Under his
baton, the chorus first toured Europe in 1999.

In 2005, CSULB choral director Dr. Jonathan Talberg was appointed artistic director. He
added a core of professional singers to the ranks and led a second
European tour in 2006. From 2009 to 2017 Dr. Robert Istad, director
of choral studies at CSU Fullerton, led the choir as its artistic director,
expanding the auditioned ensemble to 90 voices and raising the
group to the professional level for which it is known today.

The 2017-18 season marks the introduction of the choir’s newest artistic
director, Dr. James K. Bass, professor of choral studies at UCLA and
Associate Conductor of the professional chamber choir Seraphic Fire.

Currently in its 52nd season, the Long Beach Camerata Singers
offers a fall concert, a December performance of Messiah, and a
June concert of song classics, as well as producing and headlining
the new ChoralFest Long Beach, an expansion of the venerable Long
Beach Bach Festival. As part of its fiftieth season in 2015, the choir
began an artistic partnership with the Long Beach Symphony as its
official chorus, commissioned a major work from Long Beach
composer, Jenni Brandon, and performed at Carnegie Hall.

Camerata has also performed with other arts organizations, including Musica
Angelica Baroque Orchestra, the Pacific Symphony, the Long Beach
Opera and the South Bay Children’s Chorale. The chorus’s education
program, the Camerata Kinder Konzerts, provides interactive learning
experiences focused on the vocal arts.

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“And the Camerata? They’re obviously ready for prime time.”  

– Gazettes.com

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