Mission & Vision
The mission of Camerata Chamber Singers is to perform a broad variety of musical genres with emphasis on chamber works which inspire, entertain, and educate our singers and audiences.
The vision of Camerata Chamber Singers is to be a collaborative artistic presence in the Prescott community, reaching out to other non-profit musical ensembles. Camerata Chamber Singers strives to perform in a variety of community venues and to build a reputation of cooperation and musical excellence.
Camerata Singers was established in 2010 and has continued to grow artistically since that time.
Originally conceived as a self-directing ensemble, Camerata has evolved into an auditioned chamber choir directed by Jim Klein. The singers in Camerata are all trained musicians, all of whom sing in other performing ensembles in and around Prescott, AZ. While Camerata focuses primarily on classical repertoire, the group’s musical flexibility enables it to present contemporary works, vocal jazz, spirituals and lighter fare as well.
James Klein, Artistic Director
Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Choral Music and Piano Performance from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD, and a Master of Arts degree in Music Education from the University of Iowa. He taught secondary choral music in Iowa for seven years and was the Minister of Music at American Lutheran Church in Huron, SD from 1978-1990.
From 1990-2016 Jim served as full-time Minister of Music at American Lutheran Church in Prescott where he directed seven vocal choirs, five handbell choirs, and various instrumental ensembles. He conducted the Yavapai College Master Chorale from 1993-2007, leading the Chorale on three international tours to Central Europe in 1998, Italy in 2002, and Scandinavia in 2007.
He and his wife Eileen, who served with him as organist in his church positions, are officially retired, but they are not REALLY retired! Besides serving as Artistic Director of Camerata Chamber Singers (CCS), Jim sings in the YC Master Chorale and St. Luke’s Choir, directs the Ringers of St. Luke’s handbell choir, High Desert Ringers (advanced community handbell choir), and plays piano/keyboard for the Prescott Pops Symphony. He is also arranger and advisor for Eine Kleine Freunden Musik (EKFM), a four-person ensemble of handbells, vocals, and piano, that has provided music for area worship services, both live and virtually during the pandemic.
Jim and Eileen have two children, Eric and Julie, and three grand dogs, Bill and Ted, Paddles, and Ripley. They also are proud owners of Marco, a sweet Maltipoo who provides daily entertainment.
Sopranos: Sue Boyce, Eileen Klein, Pat McCarver, Diane Thornbrugh
Altos: Helen Isdal, Helen McDowell, Anne Riggen, Lynda Rountree
Tenors: Meredith Hughes, Jim McCarver, Russ Parker, Katie Staudt
Basses: Sandy Johnson, Larry McCoy, Bruce Mounsey, John Thompson