The Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus
The Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus has enjoyed a long and celebrated history in the musical life of Sonoma County. Founded by Chester Beck in the fall of 1934, the chorus, originally named the Santa Rosa Chorus, began as an evening class at Santa Rosa High School.
The first concert given by the chorus was a performance of Handel's Messiah under Mr. Beck's direction, jointly presented with the San Francisco Municipal Chorus at Santa Rosa High School on January 6, 1935.
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SRJC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers
We are excited to announce that the Santa Rosa Junior College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will be our special guests on stage this year. The Santa Rosa Junior College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers are under the direction of Jody Benecke. Recent repertoire has included Vaughan Williams' Serenade to Music and Eric Whitacre's Five Hebrew Love Songs in collaboration with the Santa Rosa Chamber Orchestra directed by Nicholas Xenelis. During the academic year of 2008/09 the choirs were honored to sing in the Music Association of California Community Colleges Conference Choir under the direction of Dr. Iris Levine in San Diego, participated in the Community Colleges Choral Festival hosted by Sierra College, hosted the CSU East Bay Singers in April, and participated in the Third Annual Redwood Empire Community Choral Festival. Together with Dan Earl's Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus, they performed Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe with the American Philharmonic at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts.