Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra

Reviewed in 2022 by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$257,316 Raised by 289 Donors

100% complete

$50,000 Goal

Previously known as the Sacramento Symphony Chorus, which performed occasionally with the Sacramento Symphony, the Sacramento Choral Society was founded in 1996 as a California education nonprofit 501(c)(3). The name was changed in 1997 to the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra in recognition of the choral and orchestral repertoire, although the group uses both names. The group has grown from 100 singers in the Sacramento Symphony Chorus to as many as 180 singers in the SCSO, through careful recruitment and auditioning. The chorus is also becoming younger, which is a tribute to the relevance and importance of singing in choirs, in an era of decreased focus on the arts in public schools. Our website attracts singers new to the community, and we sometimes get audition requests in the first weeks after an individual's move to Sacramento. Through our resilience, we resolve to return to the stage when it is deemed safe to do so. To date we have weathered 23 months of the pandemic and we hope to make live music happen again for our community.

The SCSO consists of a 150-voice chorus with a full professional symphony orchestra. Since its founding by Music Director Donald Kendrick, the SCSO has grown to become one of the largest symphonic choruses in the United States. Members of this professional caliber chorus live in seven different Northern California counties. The chorus has formed a unique arts partnership with its professional symphony orchestra. According to Chorus America in Washington, DC, of the 12,000 community choruses in the United States, the SCSO is the only one to have a Collective Bargaining Agreement with its own 55-member professional symphony orchestra.

The SCSO, its management, and its conductor have won many local and national awards. The SCSO is committed to enhancing the quality of life in the Northern California community. We aim to secure a lasting foundation as a cultural nonprofit and achieve strong financial stability. It is a delicate balancing act for our Music Director to choose musical literature that provides artistic variety and value, that is challenging and appreciated by the chorus members, and that is appealing to the ticket-purchasing public. In addition, the challenge of securing appropriate venues and dates, and the cost of the professional orchestra and venue rental are major expenses that exposes the organization to substantial risk. We are grateful to the hundreds of people in the community who support us year after year.


The mission of the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra is to provide world-class choral orchestral music for the people of the Greater Sacramento Region and beyond.


Withstand the current pandemic and come back stronger once the COVID restrictions allow us to do so. We are eager to pay fixed monthly operational costs so that we can outlast the pandemic.

Offset production expenses to maintain reasonably priced tickets for families.

Pay for bus transportation so that school children can attend outreach activities.

Provide complimentary tickets for Veterans, Make-A-Wish Foundation, WEAVE, Big Brothers/Sister, and about 40 other area nonprofits.

Provide Scholarships for Singers in need.

Put your Leadership skills to work with an accountable arts nonprofit with a proven track record.

Storage Space to house SCSO's Music Library and materials.

Organization Data


Organization name

Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra

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Mission Category

Arts & Culture

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Organization Need

Board Members, Funding: Other, Funding: Program, Funding: Unrestricted, Space: Office or Other

Demographics Served

Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx, Immigrants & refugees, Individuals with disabilities, LGBTQ+, Seniors, Veterans, Youth & Children


4025 Bridge Street Suite A
Fair Oaks, CA 95628

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Sacramento, CA, US

Davis, CA, US

Folsom, CA, US

Roseville, CA, US

El Dorado Hills, CA, US



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