Our 2020-2021 Season
The COVID-19 pandemic and government restrictions on gatherings are keeping us from rehearsing safely and performing for you right now. We have cancelled our December 2020 concerts. We hope to be able to rehearse and perform in 2021. Check back on this page often for updates.
Upcoming Concerts & Events
Singing from the heart since 1977
Vocal Arts has been performing locally since 1977 and has toured Canada, Spain, South America and Europe, including Russia, Poland and the Czech Republic. Singers in the ensemble are required to pass an annual vocal audition to qualify for membership. The Board of Directors consists of a mix of singers and community members, as well as the Executive Director and Music Director.
From 2007 to 2013, the Vocal Arts produced the California International Choral Festival and Competition (CICF) with thousands of singers from around the world visiting San Luis Obispo and performing at the Harold Miossi Hall, Performing Arts Center. On our 40th year, the Board created the Gary & Partricia Lamprecht Music Education Endowment to establish scholarships for local high school seniors who want to pursue an advanced degree in music. Vocal Arts also sponsors the Central Coast Spring School Choral Festival, held at the Cal Poly Performing Arts Center each year. Between 45-60 school choirs (from elementary to high school) from all over California perform on the main stage of the grand theater, over two days, and received valuable feedback from a panel of adjudicators.
Vocal Arts seeks to deliver the experience of choral music to a wide audience in San Luis Obispo County and beyond our local region through our international touring. Tours are held every other year and usually incorporate a competition or festival. Vocal Arts has secured dozens of medals at choral competitions all over the world, making our organization one of the most decorated performing arts groups in San Luis Obispo County.
Get Involved with Vocal Arts
Give The Gift of Song
The Vocal Arts is dependent on your generous donations to continue our mission. We are a 501(c)(3) Non Profit organization and your donation is fully tax deductible.
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or mail a check to "Vocal Arts Ensemble"
PO Box 4306 San Luis Obispo, CA 93403
Be Part of the Team
Vocal Arts is always in need of ushers and volunteers to help us execute our concerts and special events. Ushers arrive about one hour before concert time and are finished about 20 minutes after the concert, and receive a complimentary seat at the concert as a thank you for their assistance. We also seek community members to join our Board of Directors periodically. Contact Sarah@vocalarts.org or call 805-541-6797 to learn more or to sign up.
Sing with Us
The Vocal Arts is a volunteer organization with members who are passionate about choral music. If you are interested in joining our group, please download the Member Guidelines and review. Next auditions are August 2020 by appointment only. Contact Gary via email to get the audition music at:
Youth Music Education
Developing The Next Generation
For over two decades, Vocal Arts has produced the Central Coast Choral Festival, which brings over 55 school choirs, elementary, middle and high school, from all over California to the beautiful Performing Arts Center of San Luis Obispo, on the Cal Poly campus, to compete in a professionally adjudicated concert, March 19-20 in 2020. We are so sorry we had to cancel this event due to the Corona Virus. We will meet again in 2021.
Additionally, The Gary & Patricia Lamprecht Music Education Endowment, created on our 40th anniversary in 2017, awards a $1000 scholarship to two local high school seniors each year to continue their education in music.To donate to the endowment, please mail your check, written to "United Way of SLO County" with "Lamprecht Endowment" in subject line, to Vocal Arts PO Box 4306 SLO CA 93403
Meet our Staff & Board
Assistant Musical Director
Fr. Ian Delinger
What Our Fans Say
Judith, Cambria, CA
"Vocal Arts is a community treasure!"
Cindy, Atascadero, CA
"Their performance moved me to tears!"
Mary Ann, Pismo Beach, CA
"Vocal Arts Concerts always bring out every emotion in me; tears, laughter, a feeling of peace, such a special experience."
Mark, Santa Maria, CA
"Fabulous talent that never disappoints."
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