About the Chorus
VOICES OF MUSICA SACRA is a community chorus of approximately forty singers with a mission of presenting significant works of sacred and secular choral music; inspiring and uplifting audiences through live performances of artistic excellence; and nurturing the appreciation and enjoyment of choral music in people of all ages and cultures. Established in 1993 by Kathleen Flemming, and now under the direction of Mark Tuning, Voices of Musica Sacra is becoming known for presenting innovative programs of significant choral works in Contra Costa County. Voices of Musica Sacra has recently begun a “Music Mentors” program to provide performance and musical education opportunities for gifted student musicians who may not have such experiences at their schools.
Voices of Musica Sacra has taken concert tours to Germany, Austria, Italy, England and Ireland. Since its first CD recording of Christmas repertoire in 1998, the chorus has performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, John Rutter’s Magnificat and Gloria, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Fauré’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Duruflé’s Requiem, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Stainer’s The Crucifixion, Pergolesi’s Magnificat, Alfred Burt’s complete Christmas carols, Samuel Barber’s choral works, and numerous others. Voices of Musica Sacra has also been the guest of the Diablo Symphony Orchestra, the Contra Costa Performing Arts Society, and the California Symphony, performing with the latter in the premiere performance of The Golden Land: A California Cantata, a choral cantata composed by Lee Holdridge in 2000, and in a sold-out Holiday Pops program in 2011. In 2002, the chorus participated in the world-wide “Rolling Requiem,” singing Mozart’s Requiem, in honor of those who perished in the 9/11 tragedy. In all of its endeavors, VMS strives to nurture the appreciation and enjoyment of choral music in people of all ages and cultures.