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Welcome to the Monterey Chamber Singers
Monterey Chamber Singers is a volunteer chorus, made up of vocalists who live on the central coast of California.
Established in August 2020, MCS strives for excellence in choral performance. Our programs include major choral works as well as lesser-known, imaginative original works.
A New Chamber Choral Ensemble on the Monterey Peninsula
Our Director Cyril Deaconoff
American composer, conductor, and organist Cyril Deaconoff, originally from Russia, was born in Moscow. He attended Gnesine State Music College and is a graduate of the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Composition and Conducting). In December 2006, Deaconoff completed his Doctoral degree in Conducting at Indiana University Bloomington, where he also studied composition with Sven-David Sandström. A number of his other works, including the choral ballade A Northern Tale, were also performed at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory.
An active choral/orchestral conductor, Dr. Deaconoff was one of only sixteen conductors chosen by Chorus America to participate in the 2006 Beethoven Conducting Master Class with the Philadelphia Singers and the Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Christoff Eschenbach. Several of his recent works — including A Northern Tale, the cantata Canticles of Love, Despair, and Hope, and the orchestral overture Symphonic Parallels — have been recently published by E.C. Schirmer. In November 2011, West Bay Opera in San Francisco Bay area presented a workshop performance of Deaconoff’s new opera, The Last Tycoon, based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. In February of 2018 West Edge Opera included The Last Tycoon into their Snapshot presentation.
Cyril Deaconoff is also a well-known organist and was one of 7 organists selected from all over the world to perform at the 14th Cesar Franck International Competition and Masterclass in Netherlands in 2013, the only American organist to be given such an honor. He is in demand as a concert organist and has performed on the symphonic organ at the Legion of Honor in San Francisco on several occasions.
Audio tracks for Cyril’s works and more information may be found on http://www.cyrildeaconoff.com