The Placer Pops Chorale, led by Artistic/Musical Director Lorin Miller, is an auditioned choral group of 75 singers that performs with its own orchestra. The Chorale puts on two major concert series each year, in May and in December, along with special appearances and benefit performances, including the annual, free A Gift of the Heart ”Homeland” concert celebrating the 4th of July. Taken largely from the American tradition, the Chorale’s music represents a variety of styles, with a strong emphasis on the popular music of the last 75 years, including the best of Broadway and Hollywood. The group is diverse in nature, and has participants of all ages. Under the inspired leadership of Director Miller, the reputation of the Chorale has soared in recent years, attracting talented singers to the group, and drawing music lovers to its dynamic concerts - often sold out weeks in advance.
Lorin Miller, Director
In his eleventh year as Artistic/Musical Director of the Placer Pops Chorale, Lorin Miller brings a distinguished background as a solo performer, music educator and choral director. In addition to his work with the Chorale, Lorin serves as Executive Musical Director and co-founder of “A Gift of the Heart,” a Placer County performing arts organization benefiting local charities. He currently serves on the voice faculty of William Jessup University, as well as Musical Director for Auburn Grace Community Church. A California native, Lorin grew up in Grass Valley, where he developed a deep love of music. He holds an undergraduate degree and a master’s degree in Humanities, with a music performance concentration. After graduation, he produced, recorded and toured with a solo album before pursuing film scoring at UCLA. Following his successful career in Hollywood television production, Lorin returned to this area and to his love of music. Lorin has performed nationally and internationally, throughout Europe and Asia, in a variety of styles from Bach to Broadway. This extensive solo career has most recently included European tours with “A Gift of the Heart” to Slovenia during the fall of 2009, and with the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra to Vienna, Prague, Budapest and Munich in the summer of 2004. Lorin has performed as a tenor soloist with the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra. He led the Placer Pops Chorale on a four-city singing tour of Ireland in July of 2012 and a second singing tour, traveling to Barcelona in July of 2014.
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