George Dickey, executive director of the Master Chorale of Orange County, said Maurice Allard's resignation as music director "certainly" will make "a major difference. A music director is a very important person for any musical organization.
"It was a disappointment basically to everyone when Maurice resigned," he added. "But that has been accepted.
"The atmosphere here is very positive. The receptiveness of the announcement of (William) Hall doing the Christmas concert (on Dec. 20) was applauded by the chorale membership. And everyone is looking forward to the future."
Dickey said that a search committee has been formed to find a new permanent conductor.
Dickey dismissed rumors that Hall, founder of the Los Angeles-based William Hall Chorale and a professor of music at Chapman College in Orange, might become the new director.
"That has not been discussed on either side," Dickey said. "It would seem premature until he gets acquainted with the chorale and the chorale gets acquainted with him."