Sierra Master Chorale Overview

Ken Hardin, Music Director/Conductor

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Who We Are:

The Sierra Master Chorale is an auditioned group of men and women who perform choral music of such wide variety and with such high quality that both the listening audience and the performers share a sense of great enjoyment and pride.

Venue: The acoustically amazing Seventh-day Adventist Church, 12889 Osborne Hill Road, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Holiday concerts  – click here for more information

Spring concerts – click here for more information

Interested in singing in the Sierra Master Chorale?  Click here!

The Sierra Master Chorale truly is a gift to the Sierra Foothills community of Nevada City and Grass Valley

“What a glorious gift of incredible music you continue to give to our community…” ~Marion Culhane

Conducted by Music Director Ken Hardin, the seventy-voice chorus is establishing a reputation of providing “not only beautiful music, but a thrilling performance” to very enthusiastic audiences.


Established in 2008, the SMC continues to strive for excellence and variety in programming. Perhaps the best way to describe the SMC is through the words of Dick Frantzreb, Sacramento choral calendar reviewer (May 17, 2012):

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“The chorus sang with passion and conviction – and discipline. I saw faces (not music scores). I saw open mouths all moving together at key entrances.  The chorus could sing with great power, but loud passages were in control: sung, not shouted. The vocal technique was polished with crisp staccato, and dramatic crescendos and diminuendos. The a cappella sections, such as the men’s chorus with the psalm, were stirring and beautiful. The incidental solos by chorus members were strong and clear. I was struck by the good balance in volume among the chorus, orchestra and organ, no small feat in the absence of microphones and electronic volume controls.”

If success can be measured by the sold-out audiences for our performances and by the “great enjoyment and pride” expressed by both our audiences and the Choristers, then the Sierra Master Chorale is meeting its goal.





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