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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 Peninsula


Masterworks Chorale of San Mateo

Founded in 1964 by Galen Marshall and currently under the direction of Dr. Bryan Baker, Masterworks Chorale performs a rich variety of music, from major works of the Renaissance and Baroque periods, to modern masterpieces, and new works by contemporary composers. This innovative programming makes Masterworks endlessly engaging for both performer and listener. Our season opens with the ambitious production of Mendelssohn's grand oratorio, Elijah, truly a magnificent work with its enthralling musical drama and pathos.

Hometown: San Mateo, CA


Peninsula Girls Chorus

The mission of the Peninsula Girls Chorus is to engage the hearts and minds of girls and young women from diverse backgrounds through a comprehensive experience in choral music. We strive to demonstrate our commitment to excellence through a rigorous music education and literacy program. These skills serve as the foundation for outstanding performances of the highest quality choral literature that reflects humankind. It is our vision that our choristers will live life more deeply through their involvement and participation in choral music.

Hometown: Burlingame, CA


Peninsula Musical Arts Association

We are the Peninsula Musical Arts Association, formed to support community-based musical groups on the mid-peninsula. Based in Foster City, California, our nonprofit corporation consists of volunteers from communities all over the Peninsula who participate in our two performing groups: "Foster City Community Chorus" and "Heart & Soul". In cooperation with the Foster City Parks and Recreation Department, we strive to bring to the community an appreciation of a broad range of musical literature. See Less

Hometown: Foster City, CA


Offbook A Cappella

Step 1) Get the music. 2) Learn your part. 3) Try to be Offbook! Offbook is a new a cappella group based in the Bay Area. This 10-person singing collective started when a contingent of Facebook employees, who share a love of making music with their mouths, wanted to continue their passion for singing outside the office. Offbook sings a wide variety of music from top 40 hits to classic rock, pop, and more. Despite being new on the scene, they are determined to make a name for themselves. OffBook is excited to share their love for music to all ears!

Hometown: San Francisco, CA


Ragazzi Boys Chorus

Founded in 1987, Ragazzi Boys Chorus provides outstanding musical education and performance opportunities for boys and young men, ages 7 to 18. About 200 participate in this internationally recognized program. Under the leadership of artistic director and co-founder, Joyce Keil, Ragazzi Boys Chorus performs a wide range of traditional and contemporary works for both the treble and changed voice.

The chorus concertizes regularly throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Ragazzi participated in the San Francisco Symphony's recording of Stravinsky's Persephone, part of a GRAMMY winning best classical album. The chorus also produces its own discography. Ragazzi Boys Chorus was named a CBS Best Choir of the Peninsula in 2013 and has been cited by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of four elite youth choruses in the Bay area. Ragazzi made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2014 and regularly tours in the United States and internationally.

Hometown: Redwood City, CA


Peninsula Cantare

Peninsula Cantare is a community choir based in Palo Alto, California. Peninsula Cantare is dedicated to keeping alive the great choral masterpieces and exploring new music for the education and enjoyment of our audiences. Program repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to the twenty-first century; from a cappella literature to major works with orchestra.

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA


Bay Choral Guild

The Bay Choral Guild is a 40-voice, auditioned chorus based in Palo Alto with singers from around the Bay Area. BCG's outstanding musical ensemble and rich repertoire are the foundation for innovative programs that bring works together in new and unusual ways. Our concerts offer both audiences and singers the opportunity to enjoy fresh and exciting choral music experiences, and balance enjoyment of the music with new insight and understanding.

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA


Silicon Valley Boychoir

The Silicon Valley Boychoir for boys (ages 7 and up) rehearses in downtown Palo Alto and consists of four levels: beginner through high school.

Mission statement: To train boys in the choral art with an emphasis on music literacy and the highest artistic standards. Boys will learn life-long skills and go forth into the world as skilled tenors and basses and leaders in their future choirs.

Silicon Valley Boychoir offers boys an opportunity for excellent vocal training, music literacy, and artistic achievement while supporting families with flexible scheduling. Each singer receives personal coaching in a supportive environment.

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA


Peninsula Women's Chorus

The Peninsula Women's Chorus (PWC) is a Palo Alto-based, 50-voice women's choir performing high-quality classical and contemporary music in the Bay Area and many parts of the world. Since its founding in 1966, the Peninsula Women's Chorus has been committed to excellence in the performance of diverse and challenging choral literature for women's voices, and is recognized as the premier vocal ensemble for women in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Hometown: Los Altos Hills, CA


Menlo Park Chorus

Get to know your neighbors and have fun singing in the Menlo Park Chorus (MPC)! The MPC is a community choral organization whose goal is to rehearse and perform a wide variety of choral music and have fun doing it. The ensemble performs a wide variety of music and gives several concerts a year. Our singers span a wide range of ages and backgrounds. Some do not read music and have never been in a chorus before.

Hometown: Menlo Park, CA


Aurora Singers Palo Alto

The Aurora Singers is a non-profit community chorus of about sixty mixed voices. We are based in Palo Alto, but our choir members come from around the Bay Area and beyond. We prepare two concert programs each year. Our December program draws from winter and holiday music of all cultures, and our Spring concert is always devoted exclusively to American music of all genres - folk, spirituals, pop, classic, standards, show tunes - anything made in America!

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA


California Bach Society

The California Bach Society, a 30-voice chamber chorus, has established a reputation for its interpretations of Renaissance and Baroque choral music. Specializing in historically informed performances since 1998, the choir has shared the stage with such early music luminaries as Magnificat and members of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and was a featured concert presenter at the 2000 Berkeley Early Music Festival.

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA


iSing Silicon Valley

iSing Silicon Valley champions girls as artists through exceptional musical experiences. iSing brings together more than 300 1st-12th grade singers in Silicon Valley, offers them rigorous musical and vocal training and the opportunity to premiere commissioned works, collaborate with acclaimed artists, record albums, and tour the world. Celebrated for the gorgeous vocal blend and joyous singing of its choirs, iSing has quickly built a deeply committed musical community in the Bay Area - while earning awards and recognition on national and international stages.

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA


Peninsula Harmony Chorus

Peninsula Harmony Chorus is a community a cappella (voice only) mixed (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) chorus centered in Los Altos, California. We've been singing together for over ten years. We were founded in 1999 by Paul Prochaska, as one of the Urban Harmony voices of the Contemporary A Cappella Association (CASA). We welcome singers of any age who enjoy singing and who agree with our mission of "Creating harmony through harmony," bringing the special power of music to people in all walks of life in our community. We believe that music brings great therapeutic value in life both for the singers and those who just listen. We also believe in inclusiveness. Everyone can sing!

Hometown: Los Altos, ca


Cantabile Youth Singers

Cantabile's history begins at the Mountain View Community School of Music and Art, where there was a program called the Peninsula Children's Chorale. While a part of the Community School, the choir grew, excelled, and participated in a variety of unique performance opportunities. In 1994, founding Artistic Director Signe Boyer left the Community School to create Cantabile Youth Singers; the adult choir, the Baroque Choral Guild, sponsored Cantabile - lending us vital support to get started.

The program began with three levels and 25 students: Preparatory, Intermediate and Concert Choir. These twenty-five singers rehearsed at the same Foothills Congregational Church we rehearse in today. Signe Boyer was the Artistic Director and driving force for Cantabile during our first ten years. She moved Cantabile through many milestones to establish the choir as an important participant and leader in the Bay Area choral music community. Fostering and sharing her lifelong passion for music education for children, she gave the singers and their families the gift of belonging to a choral community and shared that gift with the larger Silicon Valley community.

Many founding families and a very dedicated Board helped move Cantabile toward growth and expanded performance opportunities. Here are some highlights of performances and tours during Signe's Artistic Directorship of Cantabile:

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA


St Ann Choir

In addition to the complete year's cycle of Gregorian chant for Sunday Mass, the choir also performs medieval and Renaissance motets and polyphonic Mass settings for holy days and other feast days. Please join us Sunday for Mass at 12 noon - and holy days as announced - at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Waverly at Homer in Palo Alto, California, and for Latin Vespers in Gregorian chant at 6:15 p.m. at St. Ann Chapel, Melville at Tasso in Palo Alto, California. All events are Catholic services. Everyone is welcome. No cost, of course. The St. Ann Choir is not affiliated with the St. Ann Chapel Choir, the professional group that performs music for the 11 AM Anglican Sunday liturgy at The St. Ann Chapel.

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA


M'EarthTones

The M'Earthtones, whose mission statement is "Creating Harmony in a Dissonant World," encourages their audiences to "think globally, act vocally." Their repertoire includes 4 - 7 part vocal arrangements of songs ranging from contemporary to ancient songs from countries such as France, Italy, Israel, England, Africa and the United States. The ensemble is comprised of eight men and eight women who travel from different parts of the Bay area- San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Palo Alto Menlo Park, and 3 members from Half Moon Bay - to meet weekly to rehearse in San Mateo. They have been delighting area audiences for the past 5 years at venues such as The Little Fox in Redwood City, The San Francisco Free Folk Festival, The Cayuga Vault in Santa Cruz and at numerous house concerts throughout the Peninsula

Hometown: San Mateo, CA


Fault Line A Cappella Chorus

The Fault Line A Cappella Chorus is a group of people (all genders, ages welcome!) from the SF Bay Area who enjoy singing a Cappella music. For forty years, congenial people of good character have been ringing out the glorious sounds of barbershop harmony.

Founded in 1976, we sing classic barbershop songs to more recent tunes. We perform for groups, organizations, and parties as a chorus of 15-25 singers or by one of our entertaining quartets.

Hometown: Burlingame, CA



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