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, and Ash Walker will be the guest conductor for our concert in May 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

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

Maurice Duruflé: Requiem
César Franck: Psaume 150
Gioachino Rossini: O salutaris hostia
Olivier Messiaen: O sacrum convivium 
Gabriel Fauré: Cantique de Jean Racine
Duruflé: Ubi Caritas and Tu Es Petrus from Quatre Motets

Derek Tam, guest conductor

Saturday, May 25, 2024 7:30 p.m.

Laudes Voce Organi: Works for Organ and Chorus

Ash Walker, guest conductor

John Wilson, organ

All concerts at
First Church Berkeley UCC
Dana and Durant Berkeley


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