JMNS Performs Handel’s Messiah

Hello Friends & Family,

Happy Thanksgiving! It is JMNS’ sincere wish that you are all safe and well. If not for the pandemic, we would have kicked off our 2020-2021 season with Handel’s “Messiah”. However, we can still come together virtually to enjoy glorious inspiring music and celebrate the coming of our Lord. It is in this spirit that we share with you JMNS’ performance of Handel’s “Messiah” during our inaugural concert in 2015.
Looking forward to seeing you again soon! Love and light to everyone! God bless.
Dr. Joanna Medawar Nachef/JMNS

A Message from JMNS about COVID-19

Dear JMNS Patrons & Friends:

The Joanna Medawar Nachef Singers foremost concern is the health and safety of our audience. In accordance with the guidelines released by the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention regarding COVID-19, we are postponing our March 22nd performance of Messiah. We are staging it instead on November 29, 2020. Please check back with us for more details about the date switch. For now, stay healthy and stay safe. God bless us all!

Best regards,


Morten Lauridsen will be at the April 2nd concert featuring Lux Aeterna

Morten Lauridsen will be at our April 2nd concert featuring his Lux Aeterna.  He will also give a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 PM.


The music of Morten Lauridsen occupies a permanent place in the standard vocal repertoire of the Twenty-First Century.  His eight vocal cycles (Lux Aeterna, Les Chansons des Roses, Madrigali: Six ‘FireSongs’ on Italian Renaissance Poems, A Winter Come, Cuatro Canciones, A Backyard Universe, Nocturnes and Mid-Winter Songs on Poems by Robert Graves), instrumental works, art songs and series of motets (including O Magnum Mysterium) are performed throughout the world and have been recorded on over two hundred CDs, including several that received Grammy nominations.

Mr. Lauridsen (b. 1943) served as Composer-in-Residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale from 1995-2001 and is currently Distinguished Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and Honorary Artistic President of INTERKULTUR/World Choir Games. ).  He has held residencies at over one hundred universities and is the recipient of four honorary doctorates and the ASCAP Foundation “Life in Music” Award. A prize-winning documentary by Michael Stillwater, Shining Night – A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen, was released in 2012 (

In 2006 Lauridsen was named an “American Choral Master” by the National Endowment for the Arts and in 2007 he was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the highest artistic award in the United States, by the President in a White House ceremony “for his composition of radiant choral works combining musical beauty, power, and spiritual depth that have thrilled audiences worldwide.”

A native of Portland, Oregon, Morten Lauridsen worked as a Forest Service fire-fighter and lookout on a remote tower near Mt. St. Helens before attending Whitman College and USC. He now divides his time between Los Angeles and his summer cabins in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. More information is at