Established in 1989, the San Francisco Choral Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the performance of beautiful, inspiring choral music. To date, we have shared our joy and enthusiasm for choral music with more than 60,000 concertgoers. Our year-round program offers singers the opportunity to perform major choral works with professional orchestras and soloists in front of live audiences. We provide low-cost music instruction to our singers in the form of classes and workshops. We have a student internship program, inviting outstanding local high school and college students to participate with us in the rehearsal and performance experience, at no cost to them. Our auditioned chorus has earned a reputation as one of the most accomplished choruses in the Bay Area.
SF Choral has presented great choral classics to packed audiences at venues throughout San Francisco, including regular performances at Davies Symphony Hall. We have performed the Brahms, Mozart, Duruflé, and Verdi Requiems and Britten’s War Requiem, the Bach B-minor, Mozart C-minor, Haydn Lord Nelson, Bruckner, and Stravinsky Masses, Handel’s Messiah and Israel in Egypt, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Monteverdi’s and Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and Orff’s Carmina Burana. We have sung pieces by living composers, including Morten Lauridsen, Arvo Pärt, Kirke Mechem, and then-living composer Moses Hogan. And we have commissioned and premiered new works by composers Felicia Sandler, Kirstina Rasmussen, and Emma Lou Diemer. We take great joy — and pride — in bringing these great choral works to our Bay Area community.
SF Choral’s educational programs, rehearsals, and performances are financed through registration fees, volunteer efforts, individual contributions, employer matching-fund programs, concert ticket sales, program advertising, and contributions from the community at large.