Play a sample of Wayolo Yamoni by Christopher Tin - with Victor Makhathini, Refiloe Msebenzi and The Soweto Gospel Choir of South Africa

Play a sample of the Ross Wright Sax Concerto performed by the Music Guild.

Play a sample of the Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 performed by the Music Guild.

Play a sample of the Hayden's Halleluhjah Chorus performed by the The Chanber Orchestra and Choir at St. Matthew's.


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cd"Music from the Left Coast," the orchestra's new CD recorded with the Soweto Gospel Choir of South Africa, has just been released! It features original music by Grammy Award winning composer Christopher Tin, Ola Gjeilo, Ross Wright and Dwayne S. Milburn. Read more.

Just $14.99. Order your CD now!

Along with the Board of Directors of St. Matthew's Music Guild, we invite you to join in an important outreach program aimed at enriching the performing arts in your community. Donations totaling up to $16,000 will again be matched dollar for dollar by a grant from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, recognizing the importance of creating and performing new works of music.

At this time of year when many of us choose to support charitable organizations, we ask that you consider giving to the Music Guild to support our 2014-15 matching grant challenge.

The funds from your gifts and the matching grant will be used to commission and perform new works and to increase important outreach efforts aimed at both students and senior citizens.

With support from last year’s grant and matching contributions, the Music Guild commissioned Santa Monica composer Christopher Tin to write Shinobu vs. Ghost Warrior, which we premiered in June. We also took a brass and woodwind concert to Valor Academy for two performances, in front of more than 300 children. In the spring of 2015 the entire Chamber Orchestra will perform a neighborhood concert at Panorama City High School - a hall that holds 1,800 people. We want to fill the hall with music, including a commissioned Fanfare and Chorale, especially written for Valor Academy (which will include a new graduation march and school song) as well as a bilingual performance of Peter and the Wolf / Pedro y el Lobo featuring a media celebrity.

With your generous support we were successful in raising the funds necessary to match last year’s grant from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. This year our Board members have made a significant pledge toward the matching funds goal, and we invite you, our loyal subscribers, to help us reach our goal. You have given generously to support the Music Guild in the past and we are extremely grateful.

Please send a tax-deductible check in any amount to the Music Guild indicating that it is for the Matching Grant Fund, or give online at Feel free to call with any questions you may have.

Best regards,

Tom Neenan
Music Director
310-573-7787 x127
Fred Doering
President, Board of Directors

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Thank you to everyone who has helped us grow and thrive over 30 years of wonderful music. It’s quite an accomplishment and you should be very proud. As we begin this Anniversary Season, it is clear that all of us involved in the Music Guild – subscribers, orchestra, board members, and audience – have a passion for music. Your support has transformed that passion into thirty years of great music, and we look forward to many more!

So I ask you, what is your musical passion? What is it about music that touches your soul? Why do you come to concerts? Why do you subscribe? What compels you to donate so that we can engage talented soloists and commission and perform new music?

Members of the orchestra gave some interesting and moving responses to this question. Many trace their passion for music back to their youth and family traditions.  For others, their passion is more idealistic or philosophical.

Please tell us. Share your thoughts when you subscribe by mail or online. Visit our Facebook page or send an email to We would like to know what moves you and, unless you request otherwise, we’d like to share your passion for music with others during our Anniversary Season.

We have a great 30th season for you. Please enjoy the music!

Tom Neenan, Music Director

Our thanks to all our wonderful subscribers who have renewed their subscriptions from last season, and to the large number of single ticket buyers and new subscribers we have recently welcomed! We are very excited about our upcoming season, and we know you will be too.



Music at St. Matthew's gratefully acknowledges the support of the L.A. County Arts Commission



Music Guild welcomed the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets Sunday, October 5 - free community event

St. Matthew’s Music Guild welcomed The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets to a community picnic event at St. Matthew’s Church (1031 Bienveneda Ave., Pacific Palisades) on Sunday, October 5 at 5:00 pm.

The event took place on the Founders Hall Meadow, was free of charge and open to everyone. Those attending were invited to bring a picnic blanket or lawn chairs and picnic supper. No food or beverages were sold.

The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets is the official fanfare ensemble for the President of the United States. Patterned after traditional British “fanfare” trumpet ensembles, The Herald Trumpets was formed to add splendor to official military ceremonies. The ensemble has performed for countless events of national and international significance. They have also performed in Olympic Games opening and closing ceremonies, the Super Bowl, The Kennedy Center Honors, the relighting of the Statue of Liberty, and the annual holiday celebrations “A Capitol Fourth,” “Christmas in Washington,” and “The National Memorial Day Concert.”

View a video about the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets.



Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew's photos by Chuck Gardner Photography

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