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Los Cancioneros - A brief history


Los Cancioneros Master Chorale began in 1949 when a dozen neighbors in the Hollywood Riviera section of Torrance formed a small community chorus as an independent, nonprofit organization. The founding singers selected a Spanish name meaning “The Singers” to reflect the Spanish heritage of the South Bay and Peninsula area. Barbara Mabin was the founding director.

Over 70 years and more than a dozen directors later, Los Cancioneros Master Chorale still brings excellent choral music to the South Bay community. The group has grown in size to over 50 singers and has appeared with other area choirs, instrumental groups, and orchestras. In 1994, 2005, 2013 and 2018, the Chorale performed at Carnegie Hall in New York. Los Cancioneros has toured Europe, Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia, and has just returned from a concert tour to Argentina.

In 2014, Los Cancioneros Master Chorale was recognized by the Torrance Cultural Arts Commission with its annual Excellence in Arts Award for Music. This award commended Los Cancioneros Master Chorale for its continuing contributions to the community as well as for its creativity and passion for the arts.

The group has been awarding annual music scholarships to local student musicians since 1960.

The Chorale’s repertoire ranges from works of the masters of all musical periods to contemporary works by sacred and secular composers.

Introduction to Los Cancioneros Master Chorale