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Epiphany Concert, Sunday January 8th

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Celebrating the culmination of Christmastide, the Downey Master Chorale will present its seasonal concert on January 8th at 4:00 PM in the Cornerstone Christian Worship Center, 9001 Paramount in Downey. Entitled “Epiphany,” it offers old and new music to mark that great event when all the world met the new-born King through the persons of the Magi.

Several surprises will delight all in the concert. It will feature local composer- arranger Ruth Nix, who will accompany the chorale and will premiere her charming and uplifting work “Little Baby.” Several members of the newly formed Downey Youth Chorale will join the Master Chorale in their own debut performance.

A meet and greet dessert reception will follow. Bring the whole family. Tickets will make great Christmas gifts.

For more information email or call (310) 941-3042 or (562) 927-1436

Spring Concert features Vivaldi’s Gloria May 22

For our Spring Concert, Downey Master Chorale will present the youthful, brilliant, often deeply spiritual GLORIA by Antonia Vivaldi. Featured in this program will be the Da Capo Players from Costa Mesa, this is to complement the voices and enhance the pleasure of the listeners. Rounding out the program will be masterpieces by G. F. Handel, Gabriel Fauré, Randall Thompson, John Rutter and Rodgers and Hammerstein. A dessert reception will follow the concert. Come with the whole family. This is an ideal opportunity to introduce your children to classical music.

Date: Sunday May 22
Time: 7PM
Place: 9001 Paramount Blvd, Downey CA, 90240, Cornerstone Christian Worship Center

The Downey Master Chorale is open to all singers who desire excellence, auditions are ongoing to join the group. Contact for more information. We are also seeking sponsors and financial supporters for the concert. If you would like your business featured in the program, or can help us fulfill our mission to bring classical choral music to this community, please call (310) 941-3042.


Join us!

You should sing in the Downey Master Chorale!

We are looking for great voices, and a strong commitment to excellent music. For those with strong music experience, the Downey Master Chorale will be a natural fit. Are you still developing your reading skills and vocal training? Director Margaret Zeleny is a natural teacher and inspirational vocal coach. Rehearsals are currently underway for our May concert, and there is still time to join and get up to speed. You are welcome to join a rehearsal to try it out, or arrange to meet with Ms. Zeleny to learn first-hand how you can fit in. Use the Request an Audition page to inquire.

Debut Concert – Christmas 2013

On December 21, 2013 the Downey Master Chorale celebrated it’s debut concert of Christmas Classics. The group began meeting in July, through an open call for auditions, and grew and changed until it filled the Downey Moravian Church for it’s first outing. The featured piece was Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, followed by a second half of traditional songs and advent classics. Music Director Margaret Zeleny welcomed the community for supporting this new group, invited the audience to sing along to the Hallelujah Chorus and introduced the beginnings of a children’s chorus.

DMC Debut Program program


DMC Debut Program


Debut Concert of the Downey Master Chorale

After forming a new ensemble in the fall of 2013, the Downey Master Chorale will perform its debut concert on Saturday, December 21 at 7:30 PM.

The performance will be held in the main sanctuary of the Moravian Church of Downey, 10337 Old River School Road, in Downey, just south of Florence Ave.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe performance features A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten.  This 1942 suite consists of eleven movements, with text from The English Galaxy of Shorter Poems. Britten (1913-1976) was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, with a range of works including opera, other vocal music, orchestral and chamber pieces.

Following the intermission will feature several popular Christmas carols from a range of composers, such as selections from “The Seven Joys of Christmas” by Kirke Mechem, John Rutter’s “Candlelight Carol” and “Angels’ Carol,” as well as “Silent Night,” “O Holy Night” and “Jingle Bells.”

The Moravian Church of Downey is home to a half-century of classical music history, as the home of the Moravian Trombone Choir founded in 1965 by Jeff Reynolds of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  As a special guest, the concert will features an appearance of the Moravian Trombone Ensemble.

Also, attendees will enjoy singing along to their favorite Christmas Carols, as well as the Hallelujah Chorus.

Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 for students and seniors.  Tickets may be purchased from a chorale member or online at Brown Paper Tickets (click here).

The Downey Master Chorale is conducted by artistic director Margaret Zeleny, and accompanied by associate conductor Chris Squires.  For more information, email