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About The Chorus

The oldest of Santa Barbara’s performing arts organizations, the Santa Barbara Choral Society is a semi-professional community chorus comprised of 100 member singers, drawn primarily from the Santa Barbara area with an overall range from Los Angeles to Santa Maria. The Choral Society is open, by audition, to qualified singers of all ages and backgrounds.  The Choral Society performs four concerts per year, often with a full professional orchestra.

Since its inception in 1948, the Choral Society has been a service and educational organization, promoting artistic development and providing opportunities for individual community members to study and perform great works of choral music. The Choral Society offers the community at large an opportunity to discover and enjoy a diverse repertoire of choral music. It also collaborates with other musical organizations and schools through outreach programs and cooperative events. As part of its committment to sustaining professional choral musicians in the area, the Choral Society employs a small core group of paid singers to lead and mentor their sections. The Santa Barbara Choral Society has operated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization since 1987.