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70th Anniversary Season 2017-18 Announced

Since our founding in 1948, we’ve been singing for Santa Barbara continuously for 70 years, offering area singers the opportunity to study and perform great choral masterworks and by those performances contribute to keeping the works alive for the cultural benefit of our community locally, regionally, and even globally. Though now, as we begin our Read More »

The Neuroscience of Group Singing: It’s good for you!

Singing is simply good for us, as individuals, as couples, as groups of friends, as a community. That’s something those of us who love to sing have always believed, certainly, but now there’s science to back it up. If you’re a singer — even if you’ve been unable to do any group singing for a Read More »

Why Choral Singing Builds Strong Bonds and Happier People

Research led by psychologist Nick Stewart of Bath University indicates that people who participate in a choir experience a greater sense of psychological well-being, brought about in part because they enjoy a greater feeling of togetherness and being part of a collective endeavor than others involved in different social activities. As many of our singers Read More »

Angela Cartwright is special guest in upcoming Hallelujah Project

The Choral Society Board is thrilled to announce that film and television star, Angela Cartwright, will take the stage as this year’s celebrity narrator for Hallelujah Project 5 on December 9 and 10. Get your tickets now for HP5 – BUY NOW The versatile Ms. Cartwright is an artist, actress, author, photographer, curator, collaborator, instructor, Read More »

Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem

April, 2017 Not performed in Santa Barbara in a decade, Johannes Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem) returns on April 1 and 2, 2017! Conductor JoAnne Wasserman will lead the Santa Barbara Choral Society and Orchestra and two stellar soloists — LA Soprano Tamara Bevard and internationally-acclaimed, NY-based Baritone, Lester Lynch — in performance of Read More »

Hallelujah Project 4 – SB Newspress Review

CONCERT REVIEW: Taking holiday music seriously, and lightly The Santa Barbara Choral Society continued its grand, effective concept of mixing serious Christmas music with lighter fare, with ‘The Hallelujah! Project 4’ By JOSEF WOODARD, NEWS-PRESS CORRESPONDENT The Santa Barbara Choral Society, led be JoAnne Wasserman and joined by members of the Santa Barbara Symphony, performed Read More »

Oscar Winner Shirley Jones featured at Hallelujah Project 2016

Back for the fourth year, Hallelujah Project returns to the Lobero stage with the family-friendly mix of holiday classics and seasonal favorites designed to delight audiences of all ages.Tickets ($26.50* to $46.50* and $7* kids 7 -17 with adult) available in person or online at the Lobero Box Office or by calling (805) 963-0761.  *Includes Lobero facility fee. Read More »

Ode to Joy: A Poignant Message for Troubled Times

Next Up: Ode to Joy, Beethoven’s 9th with SB Symphony October 15/16, 2016 As it is among the most popular of the choral masterworks, most listeners will be aware that the beautiful choral movement of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony is taken from the 1785 poem An die Freude (To Joy) by Friedrich Schiller.  The music is powerful, but what Read More »

SBCS Receives Montecito Bank Anniversary Award

Ten local nonprofits found a joint cause to celebrate Thursday — themselves, along with the 41st anniversary of Montecito Bank & Trust. And SBCS was one of them! During its annual Anniversary Grants awards, Montecito Bank & Trust highlighted 10 organizations, making an anniversary donation to each to help in the pursuit of their respective Read More »

Hallelujah Project 3 hits the Lobero Stage Dec 12 and 13!

Just off a sold out performance of Carl Orff’s fabulous Carmina Burana with Santa Barbara Symphony and State Street Ballet at the Granada, the Santa Barbara Choral Society gears up for its Hallelujah Project. The annual holiday favorite returns for the third year to the Lobero stage December 12 at 8 pm and December 13 at 3 Read More »