The Inland Master Chorale brings together more than eighty talented vocalists from throughout the Inland Empire. First formed in March 1980, the chorale has since provided exciting, quality musical experiences for audiences in the Inland Empire, California, Washington, England, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Under Maestro Duffer’s direction, the chorale has won awards, critical acclaim, gained national and international recognition, and is presently considered one of the most accomplished choral groups in Southern California.
Roger W. Duffer, Founding Artistic Director
Roger Duffer graduated from North Central College, Illinois, with a degree in Music Education. He received a Master of Music in Conducting from the University of Redlands. For 39 years he taught choral music at California secondary and college level schools. He now holds the title “Professor Emeritus” from Riverside Community College. Mr. Duffer serves as Director of Music Ministries at Redlands First United Methodist Church. His choral groups have won awards at local, national, and international competitions. He is in demand locally, nationally, internationally as a clinician, adjudicator, and guest conductor.
Sophie Tait, Accompanist
Sophie Tait performs regularly throughout the Inland Empire as a solo pianist, organist, and collaborative musician. She attended the University of Redlands from 2010-2016, where she completed her undergraduate and graduate studies under the tutelage of Louanne Long. Ms. Tait has been a prizewinner in several competitions, including the University of Redlands Concerto Competition in 2015. As a result, she appeared as soloist with the Redlands Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Tait maintains a private piano studio in Redlands and is on the faculty of the Redlands Summer Piano Camp. She is currently the pianist and organist at St. Christopher Catholic Church in Moreno Valley.