Pacific Chorale to receive $15,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts announced that Pacific Chorale has been approved for a $15,000 Art Works grant to support the Chorale’s Spring 2020 performances: “Songs of the Soul” on March 21 and “Mozart’s Coronation Mass” on May 16. 

“Songs of the Soul,” taking place at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, features Artistic Director Robert Istad conducting the Chorale’s 24-voice chamber choir in a cappella works by Composer in Residence Tarik O’Regan; American composers Edie Hill, Caroline Shaw and Dale Trumbore; Estonian composer Galina Grigorjeva and Swiss composer Frank Martin.

The performance on May 16 at Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall will include – in addition to the “Coronation” Mass by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Shaw’s Music in Common Time (2014), O’Regan’s Triptych (2005) and a world-premiere commission, and Frank Ticheli’s Until Forever Fades Away (2018). Istad will conduct the 100-voice Chorale with guest orchestra Pacific Symphony. 

Pacific Chorale to receive

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Overall, the National Endowment for the Arts has approved 1,187 grants totaling $27.3 million in the first round of fiscal year 2020 funding to support arts projects in every state in the nation, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

The Art Works funding category supports projects that focus on public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation; the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence; learning in the arts at all stages of life; and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. “The arts are at the heart of our communities, connecting people through shared experiences and artistic expression,” said Arts Endowment chairman Mary Anne Carter.

“We could not be more grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts for believing in the power of the arts and supporting our community by investing in organizations like Pacific Chorale,” said Andrew Brown, president of Pacific Chorale. “This vital grant helps us continue to fulfill our mission of inspiring the people of Orange County through artistry in choral performances.”

For more information on projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit