About Us



The Camerata Singers of Monterey County provides high quality cultural and educational opportunities for a multi-generational audience through the production of choral music recognized for its imaginative programming and performance excellence.


Artistic Director & Conductor

John Koza

John Koza has been the artistic director and conductor of the Camerata Singers since 1999. A former tenor with the Camerata Singers, he was chosen as successor to Dr. Vahé Aslanian, founding conductor. John is also the Assistant Chorus Director for the Carmel Bach Festival, since 2005; Director of Music for First Presbyterian Church of Monterey, since 2002; and is on the adjunct faculty for Hartnell College, since 2001. John earned his Bachelor of Music in vocal performance and his Master of Music in choral conducting from San José State University. Well known for his imaginative programming, John is dedicated to mentoring singers in the disciplines and joys of choral singing.


The Singers

Camerata Singers come from all walks of life - we are teachers, doctors, artists, lawyers, nurses, dentists, historians, farmers, executives, mathematicians, members of the military, civil engineers and pastors. We even have a blacksmith! What brings us together? The love of music and the desire to bring that music to you, our neighbors!


The Camerata Singers Board of Directors consists of a core of hard-working individuals committed to bringing choral music to Monterey County. The Board has a number of subcommittees who meet to develop the group’s marketing, development, fundraising and public relations exposure. If you are interested in helping us with any of those tasks or are interested in serving as a board member, please contact our board president or calling our office at 831.642.2701

PRESIDENT - Kathy Stoner


TREASURER - Mark Stevens


Laurie Anderson • Caitlin Filmore • John Heyl • Kathy Kirkwood • Scott Wilson


Camerata Singers Founder

Dr. Vahé Aslanian

1918 - 2008

In the 1850’s, a literary, philosophical and artistic society known as the Florentine Camerata met in the salon of Giovanni de’ Bardi in Florence, Italy to discuss the music of Greek antiquity. Other members included Pietro Strozzi, and the musicians Vincenzo Galilei (Galileo’s father) and Guilio Caccini. The Camerata Singers, like their namesakes, rehearsed each week in the Camera de music, in the home of their founder and Conductor Emeritus, Dr. Vahé Aslanian, from 1980 until his retirement in 1999. Today the Camerata Singers are proud to perform throughout Monterey County.