Congratulations to Angeles Chorale for tapping team member Laura Mason (pictured) as their new chief. The choir has been through a lengthy search for successor to longtime ED Rae Macdonald, who passed away in late 2016. Mason has been working with the group for some time, and her energy and commitment have been noted and appreciated by the List team already. We welcome Laura to this new position in the community and look forward to working with her and with Angeles Chorale as they head into a new era!
Press release follows.
The Angeles Chorale Welcomes Laura Mason as New Executive Director
LOS ANGELES, Calif. The Angeles Chorale is pleased to welcome Laura Mason as their new Executive Director. Mason has been a part of the Angeles Chorale for the past three years as their Operations Coordinator, where she has been a crucial part of the Chorale’s growth and success. Prior to joining the Angeles Chorale team, Mason spent over 10 years in the non-profit sector, specifically within the arts community, most recently working with Cabrillo Music Theatre, where she managed daily operations, marketing and community outreach programs.
Mason is thrilled to step into her new role as Executive Director, and looks forward to contributing to the Chorale’s success. Says Mason “The Angeles Chorale is a truly unique and incredible organization that I’ve loved to support each day for the past three years. I look forward to using what I’ve learned to propel the Chorale to the next level. With so many talented and passionate volunteer singers, I’m confident we can work together to further our mission, and share the joy of choral music with the greater Los Angeles community.” Mason is a long time advocate of the arts. With a duel degree in Theatre Arts and Communications with an emphasis in advertising and public relations, she has been committed to helping grassroots arts organizations, as well as educating and engaging local youth in the arts for over 15 years.As an artist in her own right, Mason has a rich background in theater production, marketing, and in the support and coaching of young artists and performers. As a past singer with international performing experience, Mason brings a wealth of personal knowledge to the choral art. “Being a part of a choir shaped who I am, and I feel lucky to now contribute to the Angeles Chorale, a truly dynamic and diverse group of singers.”
Says Artistic Director John Sutton, “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with someone like Laura who has so much experience and love for the arts. Her track record, personal commitment to excellence, and advocacy, brings to the Chorale proven leadership and authentic commitment that will enable the Chorale to move forward in our mission to bring great chorale experiences to L.A. singers and audiences.
The Board of Directors is delighted that Mason will be serving as Executive Director, says Board Chair, Amie Medley: “Laura has been such an important part of the Angeles Chorale family since she joined us in 2015. As Operations Coordinator, she has been critical to carrying out the Chorale’s mission over the past few years. Her passion and enthusiasm for the organization and for the arts is contagious and we look forward to working with her in this new role.”
About the Angeles Chorale
The Angeles Chorale is an all-volunteer, professional-level, auditioned group of 100 Angelenos from all walks of life, aged 21 to over 70, brought together by their shared passion for great choral music. Their mission is to engage, enrich and inspire audiences, singers, and their diverse community by performing great choral music with a passionate commitment to excellence, and to increase access to and appreciation of choral music in greater Los Angeles. Recent Angeles Chorale performance highlights include A John Williams Celebration with the LA Phil at Disney Hall, and Barbra Streisand’s Back to Brooklyn concert at the Hollywood Bowl. In 2014 the Chorale was featured with the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl in An Evening of Chinese Splendor and in 2015 the Angeles Chorale performed in Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy at the Microsoft Theater. In December 2015 the Angeles Chorale released An American Christmas, recorded live in concert and featuring works by Morten Lauridsen, Alfred Burt, and Randol Alan Bass. In June of this year, the Chorale was featured in live concert performances of Final Fantasy XIV at the Dolby Theatre.