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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

Six Rivers Choral Artists

Six Rivers Choral Artists (formerly Arcata Choral Artists) was created for serious singers in Humboldt County to participate in a short intense rehearsal process creating a meaningful music experience through the study and performance of the choral arts as a choral ensemble. Singers from all walks of life enjoy experiencing an interesting and challenging repertoire each season. The repertoire is addressed in our eight rehearsal workshop and culminates in an exciting performance for family, friends, and our community.

Type: Mixed Choral   Hometown: Eureka

Audition policy: Audition Required. All are welcome, however: because of the nature of the experience, music reading is a welcome and utilized skill.

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.

Type: Mixed Choral Childrens Choir   Hometown: Santa Rosa

Audition policy: Audition Required. We schedule auditions several times during year, at the beginning and end of each semester. Auditions are open to anyone age 7-13 who is interested. No previous choral or instrumental experience is required.

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.

Type: Mixed Choral Symphonic   Hometown: San Rafael

Audition policy: Audition Required.

Rehearsal info: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1180 Lynwood Drive, Novato.

River Choir

The River Choir was established in 1977 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.

Type: Mixed Choral Community   Hometown: Guerneville

Audition policy: Ongoing Tryouts.

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.

Type: Male Choral   Hometown: Santa Rosa

Audition policy: Audition Required.

Redwood Chordsmen

The Redwood Chordsmen are Sonoma County's premier men's chorus, singing barbershop harmony and other four-part a cappella styles since 1965. We perform throughout the year producing two annual shows and singing at contests, conventions, community events, and private functions.

Type: Male Barbershop   Hometown: Santa Rosa

Audition policy: Non Audition. If you want to develop as a singer...You'll find lots of opportunities to learn more about your voice and how to use it through weekly meetings, workshops, schools and available instructional materials.

Rehearsal info: The Chordsmen practise on Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 10:30 pm at The Scottish Rite Masonic Center, 600 Acacia Lane, Santa Rosa.

The Lighthouse Singers Of Marin

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. The Lighthouse Singers is dedicated to cultural & spiritual outreach through music---singing & teaching gospel music. Recent engagements include benefits in San Francisco at the Westin St. Francis and in San Rafael at Unity, memorial services at Dominican College Chapel, San Rafael and celebrations at a variety of churches. The Lighthouse Singers perform throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

Type: Mixed Gospel Community   Hometown: Sausalito

Audition policy: Non Audition.

Rehearsal info: Lighthouse rehearses every Friday night at 7:15 at the First Presbyterian Church in San Rafael at the corner of 5th and E Streets.

Cantiamo Sonoma

Cantiamo is a 19-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.

Type: Mixed Choral   Hometown: Santa Rosa

Audition policy: Ongoing Tryouts.

Petaluma Chorale

The Petaluma Chorale has about 24 members, men and women, and performs a variety of music from jazz and classical to contemporary and choral music from musicals. I like to do all styles of music, " said Schoenlein. "I think we're unique in that way because we're not a choral group that lends itself to just choral music. There's no sense trying to even do those big works by Bach and Mozart since we don't have that big a group. I'd love to see it become more of a community ensemble, which is what it used to be when it was the Harmoneers years ago. It had between 40 and 50 members then. " "

Type: Mixed Choral Community   Hometown: Petaluma

Audition policy: Non Audition. Anyone interested is welcome to stop by rehearsals or contact Laila Schoenlein at 762-7170.

Rehearsal info: Tuesdays, 7-9:30 pm, Petaluma High School, 201 Fair St., Petaluma


Founded in 1987 by Artistic Director, Jan Pedersen Schiff as a women's chorus, Wings of Song, Singers Marin today is an association of choruses for amateur and professional singers, including youth and adults, that provides expert training in vocal skills and musicianship, while presenting charitable performances and high quality concerts for the local community and beyond.

Type: Mixed Choral Childrens Choir   Hometown: Mill Valley

Audition policy: Audition Required. Audition times are available now, so don't miss out on your opportunity to explore the world with SingersMarin.

Rehearsal info: Adult Rehearsals are at the Community Congregational Church in Tiburon, Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings,  and Youth Rehearsals are at the Mt. Tamlapais Church in Mill Valley on Monday afternoons and evenings. Other days and locations for the children’s chorus.

Marin Harmony

Specializing in doo wop and jazz arrangements, Marin Harmony has been in existence for 10 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.

Type: Mixed Contemporary Community   Hometown: San Rafael

Audition policy: Non Audition.

Rehearsal info: The chorus meets every Monday night 7:30-9:30 at the Resurrection Lutheran Church in Terra Linda.

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.

Type: Female Choral Community   Hometown: Fort Bragg

Audition policy: Non Audition.

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.

The town of Sonoma is located about an hour north of San Francisco in the beauty and serenity of the wine country. Many love to spend the weekend wine tasting and shopping in the area, and then let the Chorale provide a bit of relaxing entertainment. What better way to spend a Saturday evening after dinner, or a Sunday afternoon after brunch at one of the many local bistros within walking distance of the performance? Whether you love to sing or prefer to be entertained, the Sonoma Valley Chorale has a welcoming seat on either side of the podium for all those who truly love music.

Type: Mixed Choral Community   Hometown: Sonoma

Audition policy: Non Audition. As an non-audition adult community chorus (18+), the Sonoma Valley Chorale always extends a big welcome to new voices looking for a place to call home.

Rehearsal info: Monday nights

Threshold Choir

We are grateful for the welcome, interest, and support we have received from the general public and the hospice community. As of 2014, there were more than 100 chapters of the Threshold Choir in North America, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe. Professional and academic recognition of the significance of our work continues to expand locally, as well as internationally.

Each Threshold Choir chapter is firmly rooted in its local community while also being an important part of our shared community as a national organization. We sing from the same repertoire and share our experiences at regional and national gatherings. Choir members know they are welcome at chapters and gatherings outside their area and often make plans to visit when traveling. We also stay in touch by email, blog, and newsletter and through this website. Most important, of course, we share a culture of compassion and respect for individuals at the threshold.

Type: Female Choral Community   Hometown: San Francisco

Audition policy: Non Audition. We have never required auditions of new singers, and yet our work requires a certain level and style of vocal skill.

California Redwood Chorale

The 50-voice California Redwood Chorale, directed by Robert Hazelrigg, is located north of San Francisco. Founded 2006 by soprano, Gerry Schultz, CRC is dedicated to "Music Diplomacy" wherever they sing. This group brings excellence and joy to audiences at home as well as other countries. We share our music and our hearts.

Type: Mixed Choral Community   Hometown: Santa Rosa

Audition policy: Audition Required.

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.

Type: Mixed Choral Community   Hometown: Occidental

Audition policy: Audition Required. We usually hold auditions two to three times a year: before we begin rehearsals for each concert season and before we break for the summer. We primarily are looking for tenors and basses, although all are welcome to audition.

Mayflower Community Chorus

The Mayflower Community Chorus is the performing ensemble of the Mayflower Choral Society, a nonprofit organization devoted to supporting the educational and cultural benefits of musical performance to its members, the Marin community, and general public. The Mayflower Community Chorus has no formal auditions, but members must meet certain musical qualifications. Being a member of the Chorus requires regular attendance to build both shared choral experience and knowledge. We become an ensemble when you go from "I know this" to "We know this together" and from "I can do this" to "We can do this together."

Type: Mixed Choral Community   Hometown: San Rafael

Audition policy: Non Audition. The Mayflower Community Chorus has no formal auditions, but members must meet certain musical qualifications. Being a member of the Chorus requires regular attendance to build both shared choral experience and knowledge. We become an ensemble when you go from “I know this” to “We know this together” and from “I can do this” to “We can do this together.”

Rehearsal info: Rehearses at Hendrix Hall, 326 Mission Ave., San Rafael

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.

Type: Mixed Choral Community   Hometown: Kentfield

Audition policy: Audition Required. If you are an experienced singer with a love of great choral music, we hope you will be interested in becoming a member of the College of Marin Community Chorus.

Rehearsal info: Rehearses Wednesday evenings from 7:30 - 10:00 PM, from late August through early December, and from late-January through mid May. Rehearsals are held in the Fine Arts Building on the Kentfield Campus.

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.

Type: Female Barbershop   Hometown: Petaluma

Audition policy: Audition Required. Pacific Empire Chorus welcomes women who love to sing and are striving for excellence. If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area, please join our rehearsal any Wednesday evening.

Rehearsal info: Rehearsals on Wednesdays at 7pm., First Presbyterian Church of Petaluma - in the hall behind the church, 939 B Street, Petaluma, CA 94952

‘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.

Type: Mixed Contemporary High School   Hometown: San Rafael

Audition policy: Ongoing Tryouts.

Marin Golden Gate Barbershop Chorus

The Marin Golden Gate Barbershop Chorus is a group of men who love to sing in the close harmonies of the Barbershop style.

Type: Male Barbershop   Hometown: San Anselmo

Audition policy: Non Audition. Love to sing? Come join us on Monday nights, 7:30 to 10:00 PM, 1st Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo (Duncan Hall), 72 Kensington Rd., San Anselmo, CA

Rehearsal info: The chapter meets every Monday evening, 7:30-10:00pm, at the First Presbyterian Church of San Anselmo

Marin Men’s Chorus

The Marin Men's Chorus (MMC) is a group of men whose common denominator is the joy of singing. The MMC rehearses weekly and is a non-credit course at the College of Marin. No audition necessary.

Type: Male Choral   Hometown: Tiburon

Audition policy: Non Audition. The MMC rehearses weekly and is a non-credit course at the College of Marin, where our Director, Don Miller, is a faculty member.

Rehearsal info: Rehearsals are held every Tuesday evening from August through June at St. Stephens Church, 3 Bayview, Belvedere, 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.

Type: Female Barbershop   Hometown: Santa Rosa

Audition policy: Non Audition. Whether you are a student, business owner, experienced diva or a grandma, there is a spot open for you in our chorus. This is the perfect opportunity to find quality "you time" and to gain camaraderie in a group of fabulous women who love to sing.

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.

Type: Mixed Choral   Hometown: Napa

Audition policy: Ongoing Tryouts. Interested singers of all voice parts are invited to call 707-255-4662 or email us at to make an appointment.

Marin Baroque Chamber Choir

Marin Baroque Chamber Choir and period instrument Orchestra, founded in 2012 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.

Type: Mixed Choral Community   Audition policy: Audition Required. Auditions are ongoing. Please contact Betsy Levine-Proctor by email or phone to arrange an audition. Singers are expected to have strong choral experience, an understanding of vocal technique, and the ability to read music. Soloist experience preferred.

Rehearsal info: First Presbyterian Church San Anselmo

Humboldt Harmonaires

The Humboldt Harmonaires, Eureka's Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, was chartered November 16, 1961, originally as part of the Evergreen District. In 1962, through realignment, the Eureka Chapter became, at the time, the Northernmost sentinal of the Far Western District. Eureka puts on at least two shows yearly - a Spring show with out of town guest quartets or choruses, and a Fall show, an informal Beer & Peanuts/Pop & Popcorn/Audience Sing-a-Long endeavor featuring the Humboldt Harmonaires and local quartets

Type: Male Barbershop   Hometown: Eureka

Audition policy: Non Audition.

Rehearsal info: We sing every Monday 7 P.M. at the Jefferson School Community Center at 1000 B street Eureka CA 95501

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.

Type: Mixed Choral Community   Hometown: Santa Rosa

Audition policy: Audition Required.

Marin Girls Chorus

Starting with the Junior Chorus for girls in grades Kindergarten and 1st grade, through our Chantons Chorus of high school voices, all of our singers are infused with the joy and beauty of choral singing. The choral levels and classes combine to sing for community events, retirement homes, holiday celebrations, choral festivals, and other special opportunities. Twice yearly, our singers present formal concerts for friends, families, and the general public. Singers are invited to join in September and January. You are always welcome to come experience the excellence and beauty of our choral singing!

Type: Mixed Choral Childrens Choir   Hometown: San Rafael

Audition policy: Non Audition.

Rehearsal info: Any girl who wants to sing is eligible. The chorus invites girls from all parts of the community to sing with us. Auditions for singers entering grades 2-8 are required. Novato

Consort Chorale

Consort Chorale, founded in 1994 and 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.

Type: Mixed Choral   Hometown: San Anselmo

Audition policy: Audition Required.


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