2017 Summer Choral Festival

San Diego Summer Choral Festival

August 3–5, 2017

Dr. Patrick Walders, Founder & Artistic Director

The San Diego Summer Choral Festival is a three-day workshop that holds day and evening activities, including rehearsals, faculty recitals, vocal master classes, and topical sessions given by faculty, with performances in one of San Diego’s most rewarding acoustics: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (Pacific Beach). The festival is open to all levels of vocal ability and experience. Students (rising 10th graders through college), church musicians, amateurs, semi-professionals, and professionals are welcome.

The artistic vision of the summer choral festival is to perform repertoire in different time periods, languages, and styles; works from the classical canon to unknown gems to new compositions. A small group, Schola, will be formed for select advanced pieces, and will be auditioned based on sight-reading ability, vocal training, and experience, and on Day One of the festival.

Register for the 2017 Summer Choral Festival


Thursday, August 3 (8 p.m.): Faculty Showcase
Friday, August 4 (8 p.m.): San Diego Pro Arte Voices & Festival Faculty
Saturday, August 5 (7:30 p.m.): Festival Concert


2017 repertoire will include works by:

Claudio Monteverdi
Hugo Distler
Juan de Lienas
Zoltán Kodály
Edward Elgar
Eriks Ésênvalds


St. Andrew by the Sea Episcopal Church
1050 Thomas Ave, San Diego, CA 92109


Adults: $350
Teachers/Church Musicians: $250
Students: $200
*Register by July 1 to receive the early bird rate. All prices will increase by $25 on July 1.


  • Music & Other Materials
  • All Rehearsals & Sectionals
  • Interest Sessions
  • Faculty Members
  • Accompanists
  • Rehearsal & Performance Venues
  • Opening Reception
  • Closing Reception
  • Thursday & Friday Lunch
  • Daily light refreshments


  • Breakfasts
  • Saturday lunch
  • Dinners
  • Transportation
  • Lodging


  • Black 3-ring binder
  • Pencil(s)
  • Water
  • Performance attire: black bottoms,
    solid colored top

PRIVATE VOICE LESSONS (additional fee)

30 minute lesson with distinguished faculty – $40:

    Jennifer Paulino, soprano
    Angela Young Smucker, alto

Interested participants can sign up for private voice lessons with a faculty member. These lessons will take place during tutti rehearsals. Participants will be given a time slot for lessons and will be responsible for leaving rehearsals to make the scheduled lesson(s). If interested, please note this on the application form, along with preference of teacher. “Walk-in” lessons are available at the festival on a first-come, first-serve basis and can be added during the festival upon availability.


Five (5) Nights Hotel Stay at Four Points by Sheraton, SeaWorld

    Check In: Wednesday, August 2, 3 p.m
    Check Out: Monday, August 7, 11 a.m.
    Free wifi, free parking

    If you need a hotel stay for additional or fewer nights, please contact Katie Walders at executivedirector@sdproartevoices.org

Register for the 2017 Summer Choral Festival