Chora Nova is an auditioned chorus based in Berkeley, California, that draws experienced singers from around the Bay Area. The group presents three programs each year, with performances in November, March, and May.

Since Paul Flight’s departure as our Artistic in Director in June, 2023, Chora Nova has been exploring the way forward. We will present our usual three concerts in the coming season under the direction of guest conductors as we begin the search for a new Artistic Director. We are pleased to announce that Derek Tam will be the guest conductor for our concerts in November 2023 and March 2024.

We welcome potential new members to audition for the chorus at the beginning of weekly rehearsals for each concert set (in September, January, and late March).

2023-24 Season

Johann Sebastian Bach: Magnificat in D Major, BWV243
Johann Sebastian Bach: Credo from Mass in B Minor, BWV232

Derek Tam, guest conductor
with full Baroque orchestra

Victoria Fraser, soprano
Theresa Nelson, soprano
Gabriela Estephanie Solís, mezzo-soprano
Michael Desnoyers, tenor
Ben Kazez, baritone

Saturday November 18, 2023 7:30 p.m.

Derek Tam, Guest Conductor
Program TBA

Saturday, March 16, 2024 7:30 p.m.

Program and conductor TBA
Saturday, May 25, 2024 7:30 p.m.

All concerts at
First Church Berkeley UCC
Dana and Durant Berkeley


Tickets will be available for online purchase a month prior to concert.