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Singing with a group of friends is not only a fun, creative and rewarding way to spend some time but more and more studies are showing the various health, social and general well being of group harmony singing. Here are some places in your community where you can sing.

Choruses in the North Bay

Lighthouse Singers Gospel Choir

The Lighthouse Singers is a interdenominational community-based gospel choir in Marin County, California. Directed by Reverend Ulis Redic, Jr., the choir's repertoire includes both traditional & contemporary gospel music. Founded by Helen J. H. Stephens in 1979, For over thirty years the choir has excited audiences throughout the U.S.A. in both multi-faith and multi-racial church services, community service performances, inspirational gospel workshops & national gospel conventions. The Lighthouse Singers choir has been acclaimed for its beautiful harmonies, rich sound, and inspiring presence. These qualities earned the Lighthouse Singers honors for at the Gospel Academy Awards, held annually at Oakland's Paramount Theater.

Hometown: San Rafael, CA

Sonoma Valley Chorale

The Sonoma Valley Chorale has been Sonoma's own community chorus since its founding in 1973. Chorale is a glorious blend of voices of all ages from throughout the Sonoma "Valley of the Moon". Under the brilliant direction of David Irvine, this dynamic and versatile group of vocalists captivates audiences with a wonderfully diverse repertoire ranging from Bach to Bernstein.

Singers are welcome to join any or all of the Chorale's three yearly concerts without auditioning. We support a wide range of musical skills and experience levels, and aim to give opportunities to learn and teach to all. And, of course, we have a lot of fun!

Hometown: Sonoma, CA

Sing Napa Valley

The Napa Valley Choral Society (NVCS) is the umbrella organization for Sing Napa Valley! and the Napa Valley Children's Chorus. Since its inception in 1963 NVCS has performed a wide variety of choral music ranging from standard classics to contemporary works.

Sing Napa Valley! is the new name of the auditioned, intergenerational community chorus formerly called Napa Valley Chorale. Vocal artists in Sing Napa Valley! range from high school age to senior citizens. Members are accepted by audition and attend weekly rehearsals during the performance season.

Sing Napa Valley! is a vibrant presence in the Napa Valley offering talented singers the opportunity to perform great works of choral literature throughout the community.

Hometown: Napa, CA

‘Til Dawn

Based in San Rafael, CA, 'Til Dawn is a 15 piece a cappella group made up of teens from different high schools around Marin. We perform at a variety of concerts, festivals, elementary schools, public events, private parties, and business functions in and around the bay area. We love to sing, performing on average 40-50 times a year.

Hometown: San Rafael, CA

Sonoma County Bach Choir

The mission of Sonoma Bach is to build a community of music-lovers to share the experience of Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical music in Sonoma County. Sonoma Bach brings together musicians of all ages to present outstanding performances of the finest repertoire and offers a broad array of educational activities, workshops, and festivals for both amateur and professional singers and instrumentalists.

Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA

Consort Chorale

Consort Chorale, directed by Allan Robert Petker, is an audition-only group of select singers from the San Francisco Bay Area who are dedicated to the chorale art form. Consort singers are committed to achieveing choral excellence across a broad spectrum of musical eras and styles. Every summer for the past ten years, the group has gathered for a solid week of rehearsals, culminating in a standing-room-only concert of choral classics from the Baroque age to the modern era. This unique "intensive" format provides an opportunity for singers to fine tune their skills while sharing their love of choral music through the ages.

Hometown: San Anselmo, CA

West Marin Choir

West Marin Choir (formerly known as Common Voice Choir) is the Community Choir of West Marin, singing soulful and uplifting group harmony songs and chants from around the world including a-cappella songs, American folk music and spirituals and a variety of world music.

Hometown: Point Reyes, CA

Dominican Chorale

The Dominican Chorale is a community choral ensemble sponsored by Dominican University of California. The Chorale is open to all interested in singing choral art music, and serves as an academic credit ensemble for university music students and other students enrolled at Dominican.

Hometown: San Rafael, CA

Petaluma Chorale

The Petaluma Chorale is a community chorus under the sponsorship of the Santa Rosa Junior College Community Education program. This mixed vocal ensemble has evolved with its members ever since the 1950s. The Choraliers, a sextet of the Chorale, rehearses separately and performs at request throughout the year.

We enjoy performing a wide variety of music from contemporary pieces and popular standards to classical masterpieces. The Petaluma Chorale presents biannual concerts in the Fall and Spring.

New members are always welcome! A simple audition is required for new members in order to place them into the proper section within the chorus. Ability to read music is helpful but not required.

Hometown: Petaluma, CA

Singers Marin

Singers Marin, (Choral Singers of Marin) is an association of choruses that was founded to serve the community and preserve the integrity of the choral art. Singers Marin provides singers of all ages the opportunity to experience the joy of making music together and bring that joy to the community through our outreach program and public concerts. Most importantly, we strive for the highest level of musical standards in all of our presentations.

Hometown: Mill Valley, CA

Mendocino Women’s Choir

Founded in 1992 by singer/composer Margy Crowningshield, singers Cynthia Frank and Sharon Hansen, and poet Karin Faulkner, the Mendocino Women's Choir has been together for almost twenty years. We're a feminist, progressive, loving and sassy, non-audition community choir. Over the years, the size of our choir has varied from 24 to 105 singers (yikes!), and our ages have ranged from 14 to 75. We perform a variety of music, from Mozart to Bartok, Bulgarian folk music to America doo-wop, Holly Near to Gregorian chant, and PDQ Bach to gospel.

Hometown: Fort Bragg, CA

Marin Symphony Chorus

The Marin Symphony is one of the longest-running, most prestigious, cultural organizations in Marin County. The orchestra was the inspiration of a small group of professional and amateur musicians who wished to bring classical music, performed by local artists, to the people of Marin. Originally chartered as the Symphony Guild of Marin, this fledgling organization was also committed to providing programs to give young people in Marin an incentive for musical study and accomplishment.

Hometown: San Rafael, CA

Marin Baroque Chamber Choir

Marin Baroque Chamber Choir and period instrument Orchestra, founded and directed by Daniel Canosa, is a 16-voice choir based in San Anselmo, CA. We present concerts in November and March, a smaller chamber concert in February, and an opera in our outdoor theater in June. Past concerts: Jewish Music of the Baroque; Handel- Italian Journey, including Dixit Dominus; Amor Sacro, Amor Profano, works by Monteverdi; Birds of Paradise- Exotic Music of the Old & New Worlds and the Latin American Missions; A Legacy: Buxtehude - Bach. Operas: Handel's Acis & Galatea, John Blow's Venus & Adonis, and Purcell's Dido & Aeneas. We are committed to music education and working with local youth artists in our Marin Baroque Academy.

Hometown: San Anselmo, CA

Novato Music Association Chorus

The Novato Music Association was founded in 1974 by a group of music lovers interested in bringing classical music to the Novato scene. It started out with musicales being performed first in people's homes and then in church venues. The first operetta "Die Fledermaus" a fully staged show with a 25 piece orchestra was produced in the Novato Community House in 1977. Two years later, this performing arm of the NMA was named the North Bay Opera Ensemble. Frequent musical theater continued.

The Chorus, which has grown in recent years to a performing group of nearly 50 voices, is an opportunity for those who love to sing and to share their musical talent with their community. NMAChorus is equally civic-minded as well: The group entertains seniors at local convalescent hospitals and retirement communities, as well as participating in several Hamilton Hometown Festivals.

Hometown: Novato, CA

Redwood Chordsmen

The Redwood Chordsmen are a group of singers dedicated to spreading the love of Barbershop harmony and other acapella styles with the community and have for over 50 years. The group focuses on having the most fun while constantly improving the vocal craft. We frequently offer public performances throughout the community in support of youth, veterans, and the joy of singing. With ages ranging from 19 to 90 we encourage all who love to sing to come out and see just how fun it can be.

Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA

Rock the Ages

There's the kind of rocker you sit on, traditionally on the front porch. And then there are the 30 members of a rather extraordinary choral group called Rock the Ages. Formed six years ago, Rock the Ages was inspired by a 2008 British documentary, "Young@Heart," that focused on the novelty of a New England senior citizen chorus singing contemporary rock and pop songs. Under the direction of Barry Blum, a professional musician and multi-instrumentalist, Rock the Ages has headlined at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley twice, opened for Huey Lewis and the News, and brought the house down at a recent concert of Bay Area choirs, most of them youth groups, at the Masonic in San Francisco.

Hometown: Mill Valley, CA

River Choir

The River Choir was established by its director Sonia Tubridy. It is a small chamber choir which performs a wide variety of music ranging from Medieval to contemporary classical, with an emphasis on madrigals. Director, Sonia Tubridy studied at the Academy of Music in Tel Aviv, Israel. She is the Cofounder of the Coffee Concert music series and also directs the Russian River Children's Chorus, and is the head of the Russian River Jewish Community. Sonia works with local theaters, teaches the children's chorus at Monte Rio School and Forestville and is an accomplished accompanist for many local performers.

Hometown: Guerneville, CA

Pacific Empire Chorus

Pacific Empire Chorus is the premier northern California women's, 4-part a cappella, award winning mid-sized chorus. PEC is a 501c(3) organization, dedicated to bringing a cappella harmony, to women of all ages throughout Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties. Come visit the Pacific Empire Chorus and experience for yourself the love of harmony, friendship and singing that we share each week.

Hometown: Petaluma, CA

Napa Valley Harmonizers

The Harmonizers all Men's Chorus has entertained Napans for almost 60 years. We're a branch of the international Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS). We strive to help each other become better musicians, friends to each other, do good in the community...and have fun!

We're proud to continue the tradition of Barbershop four-part harmony. Much of our repertoire is rooted in classics of past years, the "old songs" we enjoy bringing to audiences. We also perform songs by artists like Randy Newman and The Beatles.

Hometown: Napa, CA

Threshold Choir

The Threshold Choir, founded inMarch 2000 in the Bay Area, is a worldwide network of primarily womens' voices, singers who are called to sing at the bedsides of those who are dying, struggling or very ill. Offering our voices in service is a particularly joyful act for those of us whose lives have been enriched by a cappella singing. We respond to invitations from families, chaplains, hospices, hospitals and prisons to sing simple, quiet songs of comfort, a collection of mostly original songs that (amazingly) normalize, honor and help share the reality of death.

Hometown: Inverness, CA

California Redwood Chorale

California Redwood Chorale was founded in 2006 with the mission of offering excellence and joy to our audience and our singers. Our repertoire ranges from classics to contemporary. The chorale has also been dedicated to creating "Music Diplomacy" by traveling to other countries where we share our music and hearts performing Friendship Concerts with local choirs. We have performed in Hungary, Austria, Italy, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Santa Fe. Each season, CRC gives concerts in the North Bay.

Hometown: Petaluma, CA

Marin Harmony

Specializing in doo wop and jazz arrangements, Marin Harmony has been in existence for 13 years, formerly known as Urban Harmony. A prize-winning contestant at the Marin County Fair in 2010, Marin Harmony is a fun loving community who brings joyous entertainment to families, friends, retirement communities and to each other.

Hometown: San Rafael, CA

Cantiamo Sonoma

Cantiamo is a 22-member vocal ensemble directed by acclaimed soprano Carol Menke. The group's repertoire ranges from Medieval and Renaissance polyphony to recent work by contemporary composers. Cantiamo has performed throughout Northern California and is known for its Evensong services at local churches.

Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA

Santa Rosa Children’s Chorus

Fifty-five girls and boys are currently members of the Santa Rosa Children's Chorus, under the artistic direction of Carol Menke. The children are divided into three groups- Training, Intermediate and Concert. Selected by audition from all of Sonoma County, these choristers meet once a week to study and rehearse. They concentrate on the basics. . . theory, sight-reading and consummate vocal technique. The Training and Intermediate Groups receive music theory instruction under the guidance of Claire Frydenlund. The remainder of the rehearsal time is spent on vocal training and repertoire to be performed under the direction of Carol Menke. Once fundamentally prepared, they advance by audition to the Concert group, where they concertize and tour annually.

Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA

Sonoma Chanson

This group has about 12 members who love this form of mainly unaccompanied music. The repertoire consists of about 150 works, from the most sacred 'Crucifixus' to the silliest 'Old Man Noah', with some "risque" medieval madrigal numbers, barbershop, spirituals, seasonal Christmas tunes, and rousing drinking songs (a favorite staple of Men's Choruses) round out the list. Performances take place across Sonoma County, at public and private events, and at senior communities who appreciate this long-loved art-form.

Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA

Song of Sonoma

SOS's journey began in January 2010 with the gathering of eight women who had a vision of starting a Santa Rosa Sweet Adeline chorus . . . with Sharon Carlson as Director. After a few planning meetings, the first rehearsal took place in Sharon's home in early April. During the following months the process of chartering a new chorus with the International organization evolved.

Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA

Marin Men’s Chorus

The Marin Men's Chorus is a group of men whose common denominator is the joy of singing. Since our founding in 1981, we have performed at various venues including retirement homes, local civic functions, and formal concerts. The MMC rehearses weekly and is a non-credit course at the College of Marin. No audition necessary.

Hometown: Tiburon, CA

Mayflower Chorus

From our 1970s beginnings at a San Rafael pub, our Mayflower Chorus has kept its spirit of fun and fellowship as it has grown in musical excellence and community stature. We are professionally directed, but all organizational tasks rely on multi talented member volunteers.

We perform two lively scripted shows each year at the Marin Center, and sing at community events in Marin and beyond. Our captivating choral arrangements range from light classical through contemporary pop to comic novelty numbers. Soloists and ensembles from within the chorus enliven our programs. The chorus will visit New Zealand in spring of 2023 on its sixth international tour.

Our parent non-profit, Mayflower Choral Society, supports the chorus, honors leaders in the Marin Arts community and grants musical scholarships

Hometown: San Rafael, CA

Marin Oratorio

Boyd Jarrell serves as music director of Marin Oratorio and Director of Choral Activities at the College of Marin. Prior to assuming this post in 2004, he served San Francisco's magnificent Grace Cathedral as Cantor and Associate Choirmaster for over twenty-five years, where he trained the renowned boychoir. He is familiar to California audiences through his appearances with the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, the Oakland Symphony, and the Santa Rosa Symphony.

Hometown: Kentfield, CA

Occidental Community Choir

The Occidental Community Choir creates, performs, and promotes choral music composed primarily by its members. Our music reflects a wide range of personal experience and represents an authentic connection we have with one another and the community at large. We mentor and support one another in developing our skills as singers, lyricists and composers. We strive to share a meaningful musical experience with our audience community.

Hometown: Occidental, CA

Marin Girls Chorus

Marin Girls Chorus empowers girls to find and use their voices through exceptional music education and the joy of collaborative singing. By creating an inclusive and diverse environment, we provide a stage for our singers to build confidence, community, and a strong sense of self through practice, performance, and friendships that last a lifetime.

Hometown: Multiple rehearsal sites throughout Marin, CA

Marin Golden Gate Barbershop Chorus

The Marin Golden Gate Barbershop Chorus is a group of a cappella singers who enjoy the exciting close harmonies of the unique Barbershop style. We provide a healthy and fulfilling hobby for people of all ages who love to sing. Membership does not require training in music and voice as we are skilled at teaching our members to learn and memorize the arrangements. We regularly compete in Far Western District and Division competitions. We provide chorus or quartet performances to civic and business groups as well as organizations such as sports teams, rehabilitation hospitals, and assisted living facilities. We offer holiday sing outs, Singing Valentines, and entertain the public once a year with a major concert held at a local theater. We cordially invite you to come and meet our exceptionally talented Director Deborah Benedict and to experience the joy and benefits of Barbershop harmony.

Hometown: San Anselmo, CA

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