Long Beach Camerata Singers was founded in 1966 by the late Dr. Frank Allen as the Vocal Arts Ensemble. The choir became the producer and resident chorus for the Long Beach Bach Festival. Under the direction of USC Professor Dr. David Wilson (1983-2005), the 50-voice choir of volunteers broadened its repertoire to include choral literature from all periods, obtained 501(c)3 status, and adopted its current name. Under the leadership of Dr. Jonathan Talberg (2005-2009) and current Artistic Director Dr. Robert Istad (2009 to present), Camerata Singers has grown to a fully auditioned 90-voice ensemble, including 12 paid professional singers. Dr. Istad has engaged notable guest artists, diversified programming and expanded collaborations. Camerata Singers is now supported by a part-time staff of five. As testimony to its artistic excellence, Camerata Singers became the artistic partner of the Long Beach Symphony in April, 2015.