About Us

Mr. McLendon and his Gang


The Santa Barbara High School Madrigal Singers are a group of highly motivated and dedicated student musicians. While maintaining a regular schedule of classes in high school including daily practice sessions, these young people attend numerous additional rehearsals in preparing for the many concerts given during the year. The Madrigal Singers share a deep respect for each others talent, a willingness to work together, and an intense desire to make music a meaningful experience for their audiences. In presenting choral works that span the centuries and continents, their repertoire exemplifies their continued pursuit of excellence and musical purpose.   
Phillip McLendon has been Choral Director at Santa Barbara High School since 1995, only the fourth person to hold that position since 1925. Mr. McLendon has conducted choirs and orchestras for over forty years. Since 1984, he has also been the Music Director and Conductor of the Santa Barbara Master Chorale and Orchestra. He recently received the 2004 Individual Artists Award in Choral Music Direction from The Arts Fund. The panel felt he best exemplified the outstanding artistic achievement they wanted to reward and publicize. He was also named one of The Independent of Santa Barbara’s Heroes
“The Madrigals in Europe will represent the best that American youth and Santa Barbara have to offer.”

– Elmer Bernstein, Composer


“My trip with the Madrigals to Europe brought history alive. It opened my eyes to new cultural sights and experiences. A peak experience musically was singing in the great cathedrals of Europe, and it inspired me to continue in music.”
– Catherine Stoltz Hammon Professional Opera Singer


“My experience in SBHS Madrigals changed my life. Early exposure to the arts helped motivate me through school and led me to a career in the music industry. What an experience these young men and women have before them. I know they will come home wiser, more spirited and eager to give back to their community.”
– Catherine Remak, Radio Personality KLITE 101.7


“The experience of performing in a French tour will be extremely valuable to the Santa Barbara High School Madrigal Singers. Under Phillip McLendon’s highly professional leadership, they will receive a fine reception from French audiences.”
– Dr. Carl Zytowski Professor of Music Emeritus, UCSB


“The Santa Barbara High School Madrigals are wonderful and a great asset to our community.”
– Marty Blum Former Mayor of Santa Barbara


“The Santa Barbara High School Madrigal Singers inspire audiences wherever they perform. This talented group of students represents the best of what Santa Barbara has to offer and I hope the community will continue to support their efforts.”
– Congresswoman Lois Capps



for more information contact Phillip McLendon at (805) 966-9101 ext. 251 or Maureen Speer at (805) 284-8404.