Choir founded: 1957 - Los Angeles, California, as Miztelfelt Chorale
Orchestra founded: 1973 - Los Angeles, California
Choir re-named: 1973 as Camerata of Los Angeles Chorus
In 1957 in Los Angeles, H. Vincent Mitzelfelt created and conducted his Miztelfelt Chorale. Later that year, the group appeared at the Hollywood Bowl and he conducted Bach's Mass in B Minor (BWV 232) for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. For four years he was the Music Director of the Los Angeles Bach Festival at the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, and was guest conductor for the Las Vegas Pops Symphony, Readers Digest Orchestra, Los Angeles County Museum Chamber Orchestra and Los Angeles Brass Society. He organized the Camerata Orchestra of Los Angeles in 1973, renamed the Mitzelfelt Chorale to the Camerata of Los Angeles Chorus, and served continuously since then as Music Director of the Camerata of Los Angeles Chorus and Orchestra.
Camerata of Los Angeles is based in Los Angeles and comprised of singers, professional and non-professional, who take pride in sharing the joy and beauty of choral music. Special emphasis is given to the works of J.S. Bach, which are featured on every program, along with other choral works from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern eras.
The Camerata of LA rehearses every Wednesday evening from 7:30 to 10:00 pm, from September through June. The rehearsal hall is the choir room at: United Community Church, 333 E. Colorado Street, Glendale, California. They perform four concerts a year, three with full orchestra and the fourth with a string quartet, piano, and one or two additional solo instruments. All the concerts feature a work by J.S. Bach, plus sacred masterworks from the great composers such as W.A. Mozart, Johannes Brahms, Schubert, Sergei Rachmaninov, Johann Pachelbel, George Frideric Handel, Antonio Vivaldi, etc.
The Camerata of LA has toured Western Europe and China, performing to sold-out audiences all over the world. In China, Camerata of LA concerts were broadcast to over half a million people throughout the country.