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|
|Primary NTEE:||Arts,Culture & Humanities|
|Sub NTEE:||Performing Arts|
The SCSO consists of a 180-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 $117,000. 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.
'The SCSO has two fundraisers each year. A large portion of our budget in the second half of the season is from the Singathon, where chorus members sing at a local mall to fulfill pledges of financial support. In recent years, the Singathon has netted $35,000. Our end-of-the year party, in which we celebrate the season just concluded and eagerly await the announcement of the repertoire for the coming season, is growing in importance. Our current goal of $10,000 will likely grow with the large, elegant venue we recently booked. The group also holds an annual Summer Sing at St. John's Lutheran Church in August. This is an opportunity for chorus members and the public to come together to briefly rehearse a choral work with soloists and organ, and then present an 'instant concert.' This is a low-cost event that builds excitement for the coming season and feeds the summer hunger for singing. The SCSO recently commissioned two new works. Festival Magnificat by Randol Alan Bass, for chorus, children's chorus, and orchestra, received its world premiere in December 2012. In May 2013, the group presented Kontakion by Canadian composer Rupert Lang, featuring an orchestral arrangement commissioned by the SCSO. Chorus members donated the funds to pay for these new works. The organization frequently provides holiday music in malls, at hospitals, community events, and for popular shows visiting Sacramento such as Barry Manilow, Sarah Brightman, the Boston Pops, Kenny Rogers, and Susan Boyle. The SCSO headlined 'Celebrate America' with the Sacramento River Cats in 2006, and participated in the inaugurations of two governors.'
James McCormick, SCSO Board President