About

The Downey Master Chorale began in 2013 under the musical direction of Margaret Zeleny.

For singers who want more beyond the limitations of resources and personnel in their own communities, clubs, schools and churches, who seek a more challenging and fulfilling experience with like-minded musicians, the Downey Master Chorale seeks to bring performances of music worthy of the term “masterpiece.”

Rehearsals are held weekly, kindly hosted by the Cornerstone Christian Worship Center at 9001 Paramount Blvd, Downey, CA 90241.

The Downey Master Chorale is a part of the Downey Arts Coalition, a network of artists and arts advocates dedicated to the advancement of the arts in our community.

Biography of Margaret Zeleny, Artistic Director

Since the tender age of 12, Margaret Zeleny has been a conductor/mover/shaker, forming choirs wherever she went. Her conducting posts have been varied. She has taught voice and choral at University of Redlands, Whittier College, Interlochen Music School (MI) and the R.D. Colburn School where she chaired the Choral/Vocal Department for ten years. She founded and conducted the critically acclaimed Pasadena Repertory Singers, California Children’s Choir, Fontana MasterSingers,andnowtheDowneyMasterChorale. Sheholds BAs in English, Education and Music, an MFA in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance, and has pursued serious doctoral studies in orchestral conducting. She is a true choral specialist. Her instincts, re exes and perceptions emanate from the prime human instrument, the voice, which she understands and can coach in all styles and ranges with solid technique. Every gesture, comment or textual interpretation is permeated by the musical idea. The result is exciting and nothing short of revelational.