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Allied Groups (Non-Credit Ensembles)

In addition to our college performing ensembles, SRJC hosts several allied groups that are run through the Community Education program. These non-credit courses are designed for members of the community who are not actively seeking a degree. For current information about course offerings and instructions how to enroll, visit the Community Education website.

Santa Rosa Chamber Orchestra (formerly the Baroque Sinfonia of Sonoma County)

This small chamber orchestra of the approximate size and instrumentation of Haydn's day includes students and members of the community from many walks of life who perform for their own enjoyment and the entertainment of others. Established in November 1971, its principal purpose is the performance of lesser-known works of the Baroque, Rococo, early Classical, and Contemporary periods. Each performance features an outstanding soloist from Northern California. The Orchestra performs three sets of concerts each semester, and rehearses Monday evenings from 7:00 to 10:00 PM.

For information visit: http://srchamberorchestra.org.
For vacancy and audition information, contact Nick Xenelis at nikolodeonx@yahoo.com or (707) 575-3938.

Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus

Directed by acclaimed conductor Dan Earl, the Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus is a large (60- to 95-voice) mixed ensemble with the mission to educate and inspire students in the choral art. The Symphonic Chorus performs at least two concerts each year, is the on-stage chorus for the annual Redwood Empire Sing-Along Messiah, and performs regularly with the Santa Rosa Symphony and other professional instrumentalists. The choir rehearses Monday evenings from 7:00 to 10:00 PM.

For audition and vacancy information, visit www.santarosasymphonicchorus.com or call (707) 527-4999, ext. 9228.

Chamber Ensembles - Strings & Piano

Chamber Music is a form of classical music written for a small group of instruments. This class will involve the study, rehearsal, and performance of Chamber Music literature for strings and piano from the Baroque through the contemporary era. Playing Chamber Music requires special skills, both musical and social, which are different than the skills required for playing solo or symphonic works. The ensembles will perform at least one public concert.

Interested students must contact Cindy Weichel at cweichel@santarosa.edu to make arrangements for an audition before registering.

Piano Performance Ensemble

This course, directed by Florence Aquilina, has a long tradition of providing a weekly performance outlet to advanced-level pianists. It provides a venue for pianists to learn new repertoire. For some, it has provided the impetus to return to playing piano after a long hiatus. In the fall semesters, the class concentrates on solo repertoire culminating in a December recital in Newman Hall. The spring semesters are devoted to the study of two-piano (four-hand) repertoire, leading to the annual Festival of Two Pianos concert held in May.

Interested students must contact Florence Aquilina at aquicox2@sbcglobal.net to make arrangements for an audition before registering.

NEW: Sonoma County Symphonic Band (formerly the SRJC Wind Symphony)

Tuesdays, 7:00-10:00 PM. Nick Xenelis and Nathan Riebli, directors. This ensemble meets Tuesday, September 11th through Tuesday, December 18th. New students must audition prior to registration.

For vacancy and audition information, contact Nick Xenelis at nikolodeonx@yahoo.com or (707) 575-3938.

Petaluma Chorale: Mixed Vocal Ensemble

The Petaluma Chorale, a 35-40 voice mixed ensemble with roots going back to the 1950's, is dedicated to the art of superior choral singing. Repertoire is varied and includes choral music from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Jazz, Musical Theater, Spirituals, Gospel, and the contemporary periods. Auditions are required. Some previous choral experience and the ability to read music is helpful, but is not a requirement. This course includes class sessions and culminates in two public performances.

Please contact Laila Schoenlein at (707) 762-7170 to make arrangements for an audition before you register.