Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra
The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra (SCSO) is an auditioned, volunteer chorus with a professional orchestra committed to the performance, education, and appreciation of a wide range of choral orchestral music for the Greater Sacramento Region. The SCSO performs in the Community Center Theater and Memorial Auditorium and offers an annual Stained Glass performance in Fremont Presbyterian Church. Repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to the 21st century.
4025A Bridge Street
Fair Oaks, CA 95628
|County or Parish:||Sacramento|
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 it 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.
- Sponsors of musical education and outreach opportunities. We would like to continue funding of workshops, mentoring, and scholarships for chorus members, free concert tickets for children, veterans, and underprivileged adults, and rush tickets (highly discounted tickets one hour before the performance) for students (total of $20,000 per year).
- Commissions for new choral and orchestral repertoire. $5,000-$10,000 commissions to promising composers would be an important contribution to the world's choral music heritage. - Donations to the SCSO's endowment fund at the Sacramento Region Community Foundation. A $10,000 fund was seeded in 2010 as an award to one of our members and has now grown to $203,000. The endowment is important in the organization's succession plan and our goal is to increase it by $250,000.
- Additional staffing needs. With the SCSO's growth in recent years we are considering adding additional staff. Positions under consideration include: accountant, office manager, marketing, development, and assistant conductor. No estimate of dollars.
Our top needs:
- Funding: Program - Offset production expenses to maintain reasonably price tickets for families.
- Funding: Unrestricted - Provide complimentary tickets for Veterans, WEAVE, and other nonprofits.
- Funding: Other - Provide Scholarships for Singers in need.
- Board Members - Put your Leadership skills to work with an accountable arts nonprofit with a proven track record.
- Space: Office or Other - Storage Space to house SCSO's Music Library and materials.