What is the Stockton Chorale?

The Stockton Chorale is a not-for-profit community organization located in Stockton, CA. The mission of the Chorale is to:

  1. promote the vocal and chorale arts through the highest quality performance of musical literature’s great works, thereby providing a means for cultural exchange, music education, and musical enrichment for the Chorale membership and for the community and society at large;
  2. reinvigorate interest in vocal arts throughout the Central Valley region and its multicultural population; and
  3. carry on other charitable and educational activities and events associated with these goals as allowed by law.

Read the Vision Statement of the Stockton Chorale

Arthur J. Holton, II (1981)
Arthur J. Holton, II (1981)

For over 60 years, the Chorale has been an auditioned community chorus based in Stockton California, which is located forty miles south of Sacramento and seventy miles east of the Bay Area.  Serving the Central Valley region, it draws singers from as far away as Turlock and the Sierra foothills. Initially started by Arthur J. Holton II as a double quartet in 1951, the Chorale began in 1952 has grown to as large as 190 voices (currently membership is approximately 85-100 voices) and has expanded to include the Stockton Youth Chorale, which is made up of children from 4th through 8th grades from throughout San Joaquin County, and the Master Chorale, 24-30 singers who sing more complex music and provide special ensemble effects for concerts and perform separate performances. In 2012, the Chorale began supporting two new ensembles: the Valley Youth Chamber Choir for high-school aged singers, and the Stockton Singers for adults seeking a non-auditioned and less strenuous rehearsal and performance schedule. Although originally associated with University of the Pacific and San Joaquin Delta College, in 1977 the Stockton Chorale Association opened for business as a registered non-profit to support the musical endeavors of the Chorale, and in 1978 the Chorale became an independent dues-based organization. More about the Chorale's history...

The Chorale regularly collaborates with the Stockton Symphony, the Stockton Opera and the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific. In addition to regular appearances with the Stockton Symphony, the Chorale has also performed with the Bear Valley Orchestra, the Sacramento Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Glendale Symphony and Carmen Dragon, and with the Manhattan Symphony of New York in Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls.

Chorale members have participated in a variety of international tours, including Great Britain, France and Austria, a musical tour of Australia and New Zealand, the Salzburg, Austria Music Festival, and a tour of Greece and Italy. The Chorale's concert tour to England and Wales in the summer of 1998 featured an appearance at the Shrewsbury International Music Festival. In 2001 the Chorale toured Germany and Eastern Europe (Prague, Vienna, Budapest); the summer of 2005 saw them visiting Italy including an opportunity to sing at St. Peter’s in the Vatican. The 2007 tour took the Chorale to Scotland and Ireland.

The Chorale strives to perform a balance of choral music including sacred, secular, classical, folk, spiritual and popular music.Last season’s examples include: Messiah with chamber orchestra, the annual Holiday Pops concert with the Stockton Symphony, Dave Brubeck’s Pange Lingua with the Brubeck Institute Quintet, and Ramirez’s Misa Criolla.

The Chorale’s season begins the first Tuesday after Labor Day weekend. Formal rehearsals are held weekly on Tuesday nights from 7:00 to 9:30. The season ends in mid May. Normally the large Chorale presents three to five subscription concerts per season, plus one or two with the Stockton Symphony.

A working Board of Directors, consisting of both singers and community members, has the ultimate responsibility for managing the activities and affairs of the Chorale.  The President acts as chief executive of the organization and is assisted by five standing committees. Currently the Board employs a number of part-time positions, including the artistic director, business manager, assistant conductor, conductor for the Youth Chorale and the other affiliated choruses, and three accompanists. Currently the Chorale operates with a budget of approximately $100,000.

Stockton Chorale, 2004
The Stockton Chorale, 2005

History of the Chorale...

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