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Ryan Murray

The Music in the Mountains Chorus is an auditioned community chorus, made up of about 100 singers from the region. The Chorus performs several times per year, in MIM’s winter, spring and summer concerts. It is dedicated to sharing quality choral music with the community.

The Chorus is currently under the direction of Resident Conductor Ryan Murray, who since 2008 has been superbly guiding the growth and improvement of the group. Recent performances include an array of great choral works, such as Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Requiem, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Toward the Unknown Region, Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, and Faure’s Requiem.

Our History

The chorus has its roots in the Golden Chain Chorale of the 1970s, a group of 20-40 members, part of the Sierra Musical Arts Association. In the mid-1980s Music in the Mountains formed (with the chorus at its core) and renamed the group the Festival Chorale. The chorus has since grown into one of the top community choirs in the Sierra foothills. Many of the founding members are still part of today’s choir.

Since performances have expanded beyond MIM’s seasonal festivals, in 2013 the choir dropped “festival” from its name, becoming the MIM Chorus.

Join the Chorus

*Auditions will be held on Monday, February 5 at Peace Lutheran Church (828 West Main Street) in Grass Valley between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Email Conductor Ryan Murray at ryan.murray@nullmimchorus.org to schedule an audition.

Interested singers should be able to read music and have sight-reading skills. The individual auditions will be in three parts:  vocalization, pitch memory and sight singing.

Rehearsals are held every Monday evening from 7-9 pm, September through mid-June, with a break during January. Concert and additional dress rehearsal dates are announced early in the season, and members are expected to be available. Singers must read music and attend rehearsals regularly, and are asked to purchase the group’s official “concert black” attire.

Once each semester, in the fall and spring, the Chorus hosts an all-day workshop and retreat on a Saturday. We have a great time and do extensive work on our music for the season.

If you are interested in joining, send an email to Conductor Ryan Murray at ryan.murray@nullmimchorus.org. He can also be found on his website, www.ryanjmurray.com. For all questions and information, you may also contact the current Chorus President, Jenny Darlington-Person, at jdarlingtonperson@nullgmail.com.