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.
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.
Mrs. De Leon is the Director of Choirs, and the Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair at Grand Terrace High School. She is also a Teacher Leader for the California Arts Project. Previously, she directed high school and 5th-8th grade choirs at the Crystal Cathedral Schools for the Arts in Garden Grove, CA. Mrs. De Leon earned a Masters Degree in Education at the University of Phoenix, and Bachelor of Music degree in Choral/Vocal Music and Classical Voice at California State University Long Beach. De Leon is a soprano in the Chorale and was named Assistant Director in 2017.
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.
Duruflé Requiem, Fauré Requiem, Shawn Kirchner’s Heavenly Home
Sundays at 4 pm