Our history

Pacific Edge Voices began life as the Pacific Mozart Ensemble (PME) in 1980. In 2005, Dr. Lynne Morrow, one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s leading musical figures, was named Music Director following the retirement of the group’s founding director Richard Grant.

On the eve of our 35th anniversary season in 2014, the Pacific Mozart Ensemble (PME) changed our name to Pacific Edge Voices to reflect the group’s distinct and longstanding innovation – performing multiple musical genres, collaborating on new works by diverse composers and performing artists, and presenting courageous and innovative vocal music programs. It’s been appropriate and timely to mark a “mid-life” birthday with a significant examination of who we are, what we do, and what we believe in. As a result of that process, we chose a new name to align our public identity with our heart and soul. We hope it resonates with you too!

The group’s rich history includes artistic collaborations with talented and inspiring composers and artists such as John Adams, Dave Brubeck, David Lang, Bobby McFerrin, Meredith Monk, Sufjan Stevens, Sweet Honey in the Rock, American Bach Soloists, Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, Coro Nacional de Cuba, Napa Valley Symphony, The Oakland East Bay Symphony, and many others. 

The East Bay-based ensemble was nominated for a “Best Choral Performance” Grammy® Award in 2006 for the Harmonia Mundi recording of Bernstein’s Mass with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester in Berlin under the direction of Kent Nagano. We have made four international tours and made our Carnegie Hall debut in November 2005, representing choral music for Meredith Monk’s 40th Anniversary Celebration; selections of those performances were broadcast on WNYC radio.

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