Pacific Edge Voices

Ash Walker, music director

Known as the Bay Area’s “uncommon chorus,” Pacific Edge Voices began life in 1980 as the Pacific Mozart Ensemble (PME). The group’s rich history has included 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, Oakland Symphony and many others.

The Berkeley-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. PEV has made four international tours and debuted at Carnegie Hall in November 2005, representing choral music for Meredith Monk’s 40th Anniversary Celebration; selections of those performances were broadcast on WNYC radio.

In 2020, the group named Ash Walker as its new music director, following the retirement of Dr. Lynne Morrow, who led the group from 2006 to 2020. The ensemble was led by Richard Grant from its founding in 1980 through its 25th anniversary season.

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