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Welcome to the Monterey Chamber Singers

Monterey Chamber Singers is a volunteer chorus, made up of vocalists who live on the central coast of California.

Established in August 2020, MCS strives for excellence in choral performance. Our programs include major choral works as well as lesser-known, imaginative original works. 

Our Mission is to encourage ongoing education for all interested musicians in finding, expressing and demonstrating their voices alone and together through learning and creating beautiful music; in harmony with current vocal sounds and times of yesterday, today and tomorrow, with emphasis on personal development with and for youth.

A New Chamber Choral Ensemble on the Monterey Peninsula

Monterey Chamber Singers welcomes our new director, Robin McKee Williams

Robin, MA, CMVT, is a musical director, mezzo-soprano soloist and voice specialist. Her training includes the Royal Conservatory of Music, Stanford University, San Jose State University and the McClosky Institute of Boston. She has attended DCINY conducting mentoring workshops regularly from 2012-2020 and worked with conductors René Clausen, Michael Adelson, Dr. John Alexander, James Meaders, Jonathan Griffith, Doreen Rao, and Dr. Craig Jessop.  She has toured England, Ireland, Scotland, Italy, France, Romania, Austria, France, Spain and Washington DC and Alaska with the American Tapestry Choir conducted by composer Joseph Martin. In 2017 she sang with Dr. Craig Jessop and the late Dr Stephen Cleobury in the Ely Cathedral in Cambridge, England.

Robin has been directing the Choral Artists of Carmel performing Vaughan Williams, Stravinsky, Bach, Brahms, Debussy, Dan Forrest, Eric Whitaker, Paul Mealor and Thomas LaVoy. She also completed five virtual online concerts as well as virtual charitable fundraising projects. She is in the process of having her poems set to music. British composer Will Todd has recently set her poem “The Earth” to a choral arrangement for her Choral Artists of Carmel. The Monterey Chambers Singers have been invited to sing in the premiere.

Our founding Director Dr. Cyril Deaconoff

Cyril lead Monterey Chamber Singers from our inception in August of 2020 through our concert on December 17, 2022, which featured the premiere Cyril’s “Hagia Sophia”, recalling the Byzantine culture and acoustics of the great cathedral in Istanbul; for choir, instrumental ensemble and analog synthesizer. Cyril is an American composer, conductor, and organist Cyril Deaconoff, originally from Russia, was born in Moscow.  He attended Gnesine State Music College and is a graduate of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Composition and Conducting).  In December 2006, Deaconoff completed his Doctoral degree in Conducting at Indiana University Bloomington, where he also studied composition with Sven-David Sandström. A number of his other works, including the choral ballade A Northern Tale, were also performed at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.

Audio tracks for Cyril’s works and more information may be found on http://www.cyrildeaconoff.com

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