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

Zachary Krug was named Assistant Director of the Chorale in 2022.  A native of Southern California, Krug is currently the choir director at his alma mater, Vista Murrieta High School, and Music Director at Grace Presbyterian Church in Temecula.  He 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. Krug’s choirs are nationally recognized, traveling out of state each year to choral festivals and invitationals. He consistently pushes his singers to grow and is passionate about keeping choral music relevant and relatable for his singers and audiences.

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 a grand prize winner of the University of Redlands Concerto Competition. She serves on the Senior Faculty and Board of Directors of the annual Redlands Summer Piano Camp and maintains her own private studio. 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
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
  • Zachary Krug, Chair of Programming & Arts
  • Wendy Williams, Chair of Promotions
  • Susan Meinders, Chair of Membership & Communications
  • Ernie Woodhouse, Chair of Operations & Logistics
  • 2022-23 CONCERT SERIES

    October 30, 2022:
    Poetry in Song
    December 18, 2022:
    Handel’s Messiah & More
    March 5, 2023:
    Ragtime, in concert
    May 7, 2023:
    Carmina Burana
    With Orchestra and Children’s Choir

    Performance Venue and Time

    Sundays at 4 pm