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 Director of the School of Performing Arts and the Conservatory of Music at the University of Redlands. He also serves as Director of Music at the First Presbyterian Church of Redlands.  Modica earned a Bachelor of Music degree in conducting from Chapman University, a Master of Music degree from California State University Long Beach, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Music from the University of Southern California. 

Early in his career, Modica taught choir at Redlands East Valley High School and Mater Dei High School. He spent 19 years as Conductor of the Festival Choir at the Idyllwild Summer Arts Camp. In 2017, Modica was selected to conduct concerts for the national tour of “Il Volo.”  He has prepared choirs for “Video Games Live,” Pete Townshend’s Classic Quadrophenia, Josh Groban, Sarah Brightman, “Star Wars – In Concert,” and others.  He also enjoys serving as a clinician and adjudicator throughout the United States.

Modica was selected to lead the Inland Master Chorale in 2017.  While attending Redlands High School, he was a choir student of the Chorale’s founding Director, Roger Duffer.

Zachary Krug, Assistant Director

Mr. Krug has served as the Assistant Director for the Inland Master Chorale since 2022. He is the choir director at Vista Murrieta High School and the Music Director at Grace Presbyterian Church in Temecula. Mr. Krug’s choirs are nationally recognized and consistently receive superior ratings through various performances. Mr. Krug also boasts a successful professional performing career, including solo performances in classical, jazz, choral, and musical theatre. Mr. Krug holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Chamber Music, both from the University of Redlands. 

Sophie Tait, Accompanist

Sophie Tait is an award-winning pianist who performs throughout Southern California as a soloist and a collaborative artist. A graduate of the University of Redlands, where she studied under the tutelage of Louanne Long, Tait was the grand prize winner of the University of Redlands Concerto Competition. In addition to her many achievements in performance, Ms. Tait is also a passionate music educator. She is the Executive Director of the annual University of Redlands Summer Piano Camp, maintains a private studio, and is frequently invited to be an adjudicator at local piano competitions. An accomplished chorister and organist, Ms. Tait is also a liturgical musician at St. Christopher Church in Moreno Valley.  She was selected to be the Chorale’s Accompanist in 2016. 

Inland Chorale Music Education, Inc. Board of Directors

John Biddick
Debbie Kamrani
Charlaine Carmen
General Manager of IMC
Douglas Newton
At Large
Tracy Wise
Wendy Williams
Candice Cabanilla Stewart

Inland Master Chorale Management Team

  • Doug Newton, General Manager
  • Joseph Modica, Artistic Director
  • Debbie Kamrani, Treasurer
  • Charlaine Carmen, Secretary
  • Zachary Krug, Chair of Programming & Arts
  • Wendy Williams, Chair of Promotions
  • Susan Meinders, Chair of Membership & Communications
  • Candice Cabanilla Stewart, Concert & Events Coordinator
  • 2023-24 CONCERT SERIES

    October 29, 2023:
    Beethoven Mass in C & Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem
    With orchestra
    December 17, 2023:
    White Christmas, the Musical
    An “in concert” performance, with combo
    March 16, 2024:
    Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezín
    The Chorale joins the University of Redlands for this concert. It is not included with IMC Season Tickets.
    May 19, 2024:
    A Night at the Opera
    Choruses, Arias and Duets

    Performance Venue and Time

    Sundays at 4 pm

    NOTE: Defiant Requiem concert is on Saturday, March 16th, 2024 at 7 pm.