San Diego

With 70 miles of sun-drenched coastline and a year-round average temperature of 70 degrees, San Diego is a perfect example of the best that California living has to offer. It’s blend of world-famous attractions and laidback, friendly local atmosphere is evident in the vibrant cultural scene. Home to Comic-Con International, we are especially excited that Big Sing California overlaps with this year’s event (costumes welcome), amplifying host Eric Whitacre’s battle cry of “choir nerds unite!”



IMPORTANT! Everyone must individually sign up for Big Sing California. If you are planning to attend Big Sing California as a group, everyone in that group will need to sign up through this website.

By signing up, you do not automatically get a ticket for the day of the event. Here is the ticketing procedure:

1)    Sign up for a Big Sing California hub on this website.
2)    On July 10, you will be sent an email to confirm your reservation within 48 hours.
3)    Once you confirm your reservation, you will be emailed a voucher to bring with you to Copley Hall to claim your ticket on the day of the event.
4)    Show up on the day of the event with your friends and family so you can all sit together for the performance.

After we reach capacity, we will be creating a waitlist for this venue. If you do not confirm your reservation and claim your voucher within the 48-hour window, your spot will be given to the next person on the waitlist. If you are on the waitlist, you will be notified by July 18 whether you can claim a ticket for this event.

For more information about ticketing, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

Copley Hall


Copley Hall is located at 750 B Street, San Diego, CA 92101. Fully renovated in 2015, Copley Hall will be the San Diego hub for Big Sing California. Comic-Con attendees are welcome to come sing (in costume, if you wish) on July 21! Parking is available at lots surrounding the hall, however, as this will be Comic-Con weekend, we recommend singers use rideshare (Uber/Lyft) or public transportation to arrive at Copley Hall on the day of the event.



John Russell, DMA, is the Director of Choral and Vocal Studies at Palomar College and the Music Director of the San Diego Master Chorale.  He also serves on the summer conducting faculty at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, and maintains an active professional career as a tenor soloist, most recently performing with the San Diego Symphony, La Jolla Symphony, and Los Angeles Master Chorale.
Prior to his work in California, John was the principal choral conductor at the LaGuardia School of Music & Art and Performing Arts (the Fame School) in New York City. At LaGuardia, he was the assistant chairperson of the Music Department, conductor of the symphonic chorus and voice instructor for the school’s advanced vocalists. While in New York he conducted in over 20 performances with the world-renowned Orchestra of St. Luke’s, served as a clinician for the New York Philharmonic’s Education Department, and was a guest conductor with New York City National Chorale.

John is a native of Kalamazoo, Michigan and is a graduate of Western Michigan University and Columbia University. He received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Music from the University of Southern California. His primary conducting mentors are Craig Arnold, Joe Miller, and Jo-Michael Scheibe, and he has studied voice with William Appel, Curt Peterson, Jeanne Goffi-Fynn, and Gary Glaze. He currently resides in San Diego with his wife, Jill, and their son, Parker.

John Russell will lead the San Diego open rehearsal and emcee the opening of the July 21 performance.