The California Arts Council has awarded Burbank Chorale a Cultural Pathways program grant in the amount of $18,000. The purpose of the Cultural Pathways program is to strengthen the capacity of small, new, and emerging arts organizations that are rooted in communities of color, recent immigrant and refugee communities, and tribal or indigenous groups, and to anchor the cultural and creative work of these organizations into the cultural landscape of the state.
With support from the California Arts Council, Burbank Chorale will provide the community with access to top quality choral performances, at very affordable ticket prices. The funds will help pay for our artistic director, accompanist, other professional musicians, and venue costs, to assure excellent production values and exceptional audience experience.
The Cultural Pathways program is rooted in the CAC’s commitment to serving the needs of an increasingly demographically complex California, and the belief that a healthy arts ecosystem reflects contributions from all of California’s diverse populations.
Founded in 1920, the Burbank Chorale is the longest continuously performing arts organization in the San Fernando Valley and one of the oldest musical groups in the state of California. Throughout its distinguished history, the Burbank Chorale has won numerous awards and has performed at historic events including Olympic Chorus during the 1932 Olympic games held in Los Angeles, and the World’s Fair expositions in San Diego in 1935 and San Francisco in 1939. In 2007 and 2010, members of the Burbank Chorale performed at Carnegie Hall under the baton of John Rutter.
Since 2006, I have been president and development director of the Burbank Chorale. One of my major efforts is fundraising, including grants from California Arts Council, LA County Arts & Culture, DEW Foundation, Warner Bros, Medtronic Foundation, The Capital Group and the State of California.