About Us

About Us

The Inland Master Chorale brings together more than seventy talented vocalists from throughout the Inland Empire. First formed in March 1980, the chorale has since provided exciting, quality musical experiences in a variety of genres for audiences in the Inland Empire, California, Washington, England, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In 2017, Dr. Joseph Modica was selected to lead the Chorale into a new era of achievement. Founding Director Roger W. Duffer led the group for 37 years. During his tenure, the chorale earned regional, national and international recognition. 

The Inland Master Chorale is a division of Inland Chorale Music Education, Inc., a 501(c)3 educational, non-profit corporation.

Dr. Joseph Modica, Artistic Director

Dr. Joseph Modica is Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Director of the School of Music at the University of Redlands and Music Director at the First Presbyterian Church of Redlands. Modica earned his Bachelor of Music degree in conducting at Chapman University, a Master of Music degree at California State University Long Beach, and Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Music at the University of Southern California. He served on the faculties of the University of South Carolina and Chapman University, and taught at Redlands East Valley and Mater Dei High Schools. Modica is the Conductor of the Festival Choir at the Idyllwild Summer Arts Camp. In 2017, he conducted concerts across the United States for the Il Volo: Notte Magica Tour. He attended Redlands High School, where he was a choir student of the Chorale’s founding Director Roger Duffer.

Anna De Leon, Assistant Conductor

Mrs. Anna Maria De Leon is Director of Choirs at Grand Terrace High School in Grand Terrace, CA. She also teaches music history, directs musicals, and advises a Latin dance group. Previously, she directed high school and 5th-8th grade choirs at the Crystal Cathedral Schools for the Arts in Garden Grove, CA. These choirs regularly performed for the internationally televised “Hour of Power” with Reverends Robert and Bobby Schuller. De Leon earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Choral/Vocal Music and Classical Voice at California State University Long Beach. She studied conducting with Jonathan Talberg and has studied voice with Marian Bodner, Christine Helferich Güter, and Patricia Gee. She also taught at the Long Lake Camp for the Arts in Long Lake, NY. De Leon is a soprano in the Chorale and was selected to be Assistant Conductor in 2017.

Sophie Tait, Accompanist

Sophie Tait is an award-winning pianist who performs throughout Southern California as a soloist and a collaborative artist. Her multi-faceted musical career has also taken her to Arizona, Missouri, New York, and Salzburg, Austria. Ms. Tait is a graduate of the University of Redlands, where she studied under the tutelage of Louanne Long and was grand prize winner of the University of Redlands Concerto Competition. As a result, she appeared as soloist with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra in 2016. Ms. Tait is equally passionate about music education and currently serves on the Senior Faculty and Board of Directors of the annual Redlands Summer Piano Camp, in addition to maintaining her own private studio. Also an accomplished chorister and organist, Ms. Tait has been a liturgical musician at St. Christopher Church in Moreno Valley since 2011. She was selected to be the Chorale’s Accompanist in 2016. 


Inland Chorale Music Education, Inc. Board of Directors

John Biddick
Debbie Kamrani
Karen Tincher
General Manager of IMC
Douglas Newton
At Large
Wendy Williams
Candice Cabanilla Stewart

Inland Master Chorale Management Team

  • Doug Newton, General Manager
  • Joseph Modica, Artistic Director
  • Debbie Kamrani, Treasurer
  • Charlaine Carmen, Secretary
  • Anna DeLeon, Chair of Programming & Arts
  • Wendy Williams, Chair of Promotions
  • Kim Biddick, Chair of Membership & Communications
  • Ernie Woodhouse, Chair of Operations & Logistics


October 17, 2021:
Vox Populi
Songs of Our World
December 19, 2021:
Caroling, Caroling!
Holiday Favorites
May 22, 2022:
Reflect, Remember, Rejoice
Featuring: Requiem by  Maurice Durufle
Postponed to 2022-23:
Carmina Burana
With Orchestra and Children’s Choir

Performance Venue and Time

Sundays at 4 pm