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SRJC has a rich tradition in choral music which currently includes our Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Additional courses are available in vocal technique and diction. Applied Voice (private instruction) is available for students intending to major in music. Auditions for SRJC choirs take place during the first scheduled class meeting of each semester.

Concert Choir

MUSCP 21ABCD (2.5 units) Jody Benecke, Director

Requirements: The student should be familiar with the choral experience and should be able to match pitch and learn and perform vocal parts in an SATB ensemble. Some students accepted are not strong music readers, but the first weeks are spent on music reading exercises allowing students to learn and/or polish this skill. Most students who meet these expectations will be able to pass the audition for Concert Choir.

Chamber Singers

MUSCP 23ABCD (2.5 units) Jody Benecke, Director

This is a select (more advanced) ensemble of experienced choral singers. Generally, these students will also be members of the Concert Choir during the semester. Exceptions to this requirement may be made for students who are veterans of a successful experience in Concert Choir. On rare occasions students who have not performed with the Concert Choir, or who are not currently enrolled to do so, may be approved to enroll in Chamber Singers after a successful audition and at the discretion of the instructor. Students who wish to audition for this ensemble must be capable music readers and should enroll only upon instructor approval.

Each November, members of the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers participate in the Music Association of California Community Colleges (MACCC) conference choir under the direction of outstanding guest choral conductors, including Shawna Stewart (San Diego 2006), Magen Solomon (San Francisco 2007), Iris Levine (San Diego 2008), and Ragnar Bohlin (San Francisco 2009).

For more information, contact Jody Benecke at jbenecke@santarosa.edu or by phone at (707) 527-4665.

SRJC also hosts the Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus, directed by Dan Earl. For more information, see Non-Credit Ensembles.


SRJC Choirs: Past Concert Programs

2007

The SRJC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers - Jody Benecke, Director
The Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus - Dan Earl, Director
The American Philharmonic - Gabriel Sakakeeny, Director
Symphony No. 9 by Ludwig v. Beethoven

2008

The SRJC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers - Jody Benecke. Director
The Santa Rosa Chamber Orchestra - Nicholas Xenelis, Director
Serenade to Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Five Hebrew Love Songs by Eric Whitacre

2009

The SRJC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers - Jody Benecke, Director
The Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus -  Dan Earl, Director
The American Philharmonic - Gabriel Sakakeeny, Director
Daphnis et Chloé by Maurice Ravel
The Lion and the Rose by Gabriel Sakakeeny (World Premiere)

The SRJC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers - Jody Benecke, Director
The Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus - Dan Earl, Director
The Santa Rosa Chamber Orchestra - Nicholas Xenelis, Director
Messiah, by G.F. Handel - The Annual Redwood Empire Sing-Along Messiah

2010

The SRJC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers - Jody Benecke, Director
The Santa Rosa Chamber Orchestra - Nicholas Xenelis, Director
The Spring Choral Concert, It's Proms Night!
Featured selections from The Royal Albert Hall Promenade Concerts: The Last Night of the Proms and Love, Love, Love, a medley of Beatles tunes for chorus and orchestra arranged by Stephen Dombek in honor of legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin.