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Upcoming performances include:


"Blast! Berstein, Pipes and Percussion"  Senior Wave and the Long Beach Camerata Singers

Clinic and In-Progress Concert  Neptune Chorus with Dr. Rollo Dilworth and The South Bay Children’s Choir 



"Blast! Bernstein, Pipes and Percussion"

Senior Wave Chorale & the Long Beach Camerata Singers

Saturday, Oct. 22nd, 7 pm:  Riviera United Methodist, 375 Palos Verdes Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA

Sunday, Oct. 23rd, 5;30 pm:  Covenant Presbyterian, 607 E. 3rd Street, Long Beach, CA


We hope that many from our Manhattan Beach Community will join us for this concert.  

Tickets can be purchased online here: 

This fall the MBMS Senior Wave Chorale has been invited to sing as part of the fall concert of the Long Beach Camerata Singers. The Long Beach Camerata Singers is a community chorus that supports its own season of performances as well as the Long Beach Bach Festival. This concert will provide us with an opportunity to share our talents and be inspired by the voices of the Long Beach Camerata Singers and the teaching of its director Robert Istad.

Robert Istad is the director of choral studies at Cal State Fullerton. In addition Mr. Istad is also the artistic director of the Long Beach Camerata Singers and the assistant conductor of Pacific Chorale. The Long Beach Camerata Singers are opening their concert season with two performances of a program entitled “Blast! Bernstein, Pipes and Percussion.” The program features a performance of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms in addition to a variety of new works for Organ, Harp, and Percussion. One of the works (Nico Muhly’s A Good Understanding) features children’s chorus. Mr. Istad contacted Miss Gold to request that we provide the soloist (or small ensemble) for the Bernstein Chichester Psalms and that we act as the children’s chorus for the Muhly piece. In addition we have been invited to perform two of our own song selections on the concerts.

The performances will take place on the following dates (and at the following locations):.

1. Saturday, October 22, 2011; 7:00p.m. Riviera United Methodist, 375 Palos Verdes Blvd., Redondo Beach, CA

2. Sunday, October 23, 2011, 5:30 p.m., Covenant Presbyterian, 607 E. 3rd Street, Long Beach, CA 90802

Join us for these performances! 

Tickets can be purchased online at the Long Beach Camerata website by clicking here.


The Long Beach Camerata Singers


"Founded in 1966 and under the artistic direction of Robert Istad, the Camerata Singers have been a Long Beach treasure for more than four decades. Presenting performances of classical choral music and other creative programming designed to reach a broad spectrum of our community and beyond, Long Beach Camerata Singers also provides educational and cultural opportunities for audiences of all ages — children to adults.”

Robert Istad


Robert Istad Artistic Director of the Long Beach Camerata Singers and the Long Beach Bach Festival since 2009, Robert Istad also serves as Director of Choral Studies at California State University, Fullerton where he conducts the University Singers and Concert Choir in addition to teaching courses in conducting, advanced interpretation and literature. He has prepared choruses for Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Carl St.Clair and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Nicholas McGegan and the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, as well as conductors Sir Andrew Davis, Eric Whitacre, Giancarlo Guerrero, Marin Alsop, John DuPrez, George Fenton, John Alexander, William Dehning, David Lockington and Mark Manderano. Istad also holds the position of Assistant Conductor with the Pacific Chorale, where he conducts selected concerts in performance, provides artistic support and facilitates a pre-concert lecture series. Dr. Istad received his Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, his Master of Music degree in choral conducting from California State University, Fullerton and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral music at the University of Southern California. He studied conducting with Dr. William Dehning, John Alexander and Dr. Jon Hurty. He is in demand as an adjudicator and guest clinician throughout the region.



Neptune Chorus Invited to Clinic and In-Progress Concert with Dr. Rollo Dilworth and The South Bay Children’s Choir


We are pleased to announce that our Neptune Chorus has been invited to participate in a workshop and “in-progress” concert on Saturday, October 22nd, with prestigious conductor and arranger Rollo Dilworth. This event and concert have been arranged by Diane Simons of the South Bay Children’s Chorus (SBCC), who generously invited us to participate. Through this experience our young singers will learn much about their voices, choral style and performance practice while making friends with other young men who enjoy singing. The purpose of an “in-progress” concert is to work on our music for our upcoming Winter Choral Concert and learn in the process.

The singers in the Neptune Chorus will rehearse all day on October 22nd with other choruses and then the event will culminate in a concert at 3:00 p.m. on the El Camino College Campus. To learn more about SBCC go to

ROLLO A. DILWORTH Rollo Dilworth is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities and Music Education at the North Park University School of Music in Chicago, Illinois. He recently completed requirements for the Doctor of Music degree in Conducting Performance at Northwestern University and he holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Case Western Reserve University and the University of Missouri ¬ St. Louis respectively.An award-winning composer and active conductor, educator and clinician, Dilworth has taught choral music at the elementary, secondary and university levels. His performing endeavors have taken him to the continents of Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. In addition to composing music in the choral genre, Dilworth's research interests are in the areas of African-American music and music education curriculum and instruction. He serves as Minister of Music at Martin Temple African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Chicago, Illinois. Dilworth was born in 1970 in St. Louis, Missouri.