Meritáge Vocal Arts Ensemble
The name Meritáge is our play on the vintner’s term meritage which refers to the blending of fine wines - hence, in musical terms, the “blending of fine voices” with a diverse mixture of repertoire and styles.
Meritáge Vocal Arts Ensemble is comprised of approximately 45 skilled and auditioned singers under the direction of Dr. Sheridan Ball. (more)
For over three decades, Dr. Sheridan Ball has shared his passion and gifts for great music—not only with the finest Southern California musicians—but throughout the world in numerous cultural tours and musical exchanges from Carnegie Hall to Sydney Opera House. Audiences everywhere have always responded with enthusiastic acclaim. This summer, Dr. Ball announced his retirement as Founding Artistic Director of Meritage Vocal Arts Ensemble, but working with the group’s board of directors, searched far and wide for just the right person to pass the baton and continue the Meritage legacy.
And so, we’re pleased to announce that Dr. Cristian Grases has been named Meritage’s new Artistic Director. Dr. Grases also serves as USC’s Assistant Professor in Choral Music, is an accomplished author and composer, and an exciting “next-gen” leader promoting the choral artform. Dr. Grases will join Dr. Ball for his final concert December 13 to perform Bach’s Magnificat and selections from Handel’s Messiah. Mark your calendar to bid a fond farewell to Dr. Ball’s fearless leadership, and extend a warm welcome to Dr. Cristian Grases. The heritage of Meritage’s wonderful music-making continues!