From the Meritage Vocal Arts Ensemble:

After an extensive search of top choral talent in Southern California, the board of directors of Friends of Chorale Music, doing business as Meritage Vocal Arts Ensemble, unanimously selected Brian Dehn to serve as its Artistic Director for its 2019-20 performance season.  Mr. Dehn began his position on August 20, 2019.

“I am excited to work with one of the region’s premiere choral music ensembles,” said Mr. Dehn. “The legacy of Meritage is one that permeates throughout the Southland and I look forward to working with their talented, passionate and dedicated singers.”

Brian Dehn has over 20 years of experience in choral music, conducting ensembles from venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall to the Beijing Central Conservatory to local churches, displaying expertise in a broad spectrum of music from sacred to secular, with student singers to professionals of renown.  Mr. Dehn is pursuing his Doctorate of Musical Arts at Claremont Graduate University.  He is an accomplished tenor soloist as well, performing for a variety of professional music ensembles, colleges and churches throughout Southern California.

Mr. Dehn is the founder of Meistersingers, and, for over 20 years, has held positions as director of music for a variety of Southern California churches and schools.

“We are thrilled to welcome Brian to our Meritage family,” said Steve Schulist, President of the board. “His enthusiasm, musicality and passion for the art form will take Meritage to a new level of expertise and our audiences are sure to be thrilled.”

Meritage’s first concert of the 2019-20 season is entitled “Love Songs and Lullabies” and is scheduled for October 19, 2019 at 7:30 pm at Anaheim United Methodist Church, 1000 S. State College, Anaheim, CA.   Tickets can be purchased at

Meritage Vocal Arts Ensemble, composed of 60 skilled, auditioned singers, is one of Southern California’s premiere professional choral ensembles dedicated to excellence in performance of outstanding choral literature that engages and enriches its audiences, celebrating and fostering the future of the choral arts. The Meritage is a play on the vintner’s term, referring to a blending of fine wines.  In musical terms, Meritage Vocal Arts Ensemble is a blending of fine voices with a diverse mixture of musical repertoire and styles.  Meritage is a fully qualified 501c(3). Donations are welcome! Federal Tax ID No. 95-4584695.