10/11 DECEMBER 2022

Sponsored by Marilyn & Dick Mazess
With support from Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation and Lobero Theatre
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A Christmas Overture

by Jeff Tyzik


Audience Sing-along

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Arranged by David Wilcocks


The Choral Society & Orchestra

Cantata 191

by Johann Sebastian Bach


by Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky


Sing!, The Choral Society & Orchestra

Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas

(from Home Alone) by John Williams


Sing!, The Choral Society & Orchestra

Somewhere In My Memory

(from Home Alone) by John Williams


Sing!, The Choral Society & Orchestra

Light The Legend

by Michael Isaacson


The Choral Society & Orchestra

The First Nowell

Arranged by Mack Wilberg




The Choral Society & Orchestra

Christmas Is Coming

by Mack Wilberg



Chanukah Suite

by Jeff Tyzik


Guest Conductors
Steve Hammer (Saturday)
Ray Di Bartolomeo (Sunday)

Hallelujah Chorus

by G.F. Handel


Orchestra & Scott Reed, Narrator

’Twas The Night Before Christmas

by Philip Lane


The Choral Society & Orchestra

White Christmas

Arranged by Randol Bass


The Choral Society & Orchestra

A Feast Of Carols

Arranged by Randol Bass


Please note: This concert is being recorded.



Sing Along Lyrics

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King;
peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
join the triumph of the skies;
with th’angelic host proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King.”

Christ, by highest heav’n adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold him come,
offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
hail th’incarnate Deity,
pleased as man with men to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel.


Hail, the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
ris’n with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
born that man no more may die,
born to raise the sons of earth,
born to give them second birth.


Jo Anne Wasserman

jo anne wasserman

Jo Anne Wasserman
Artistic Director and Conductor

Jo Anne Wasserman is in her 30th season as conductor and artistic director of The Choral Society. During her tenure Jo Anne has conducted numerous major choral works and brought fresh programming, such as the collaboration with Sir George Martin in LoveLoveLove A Tribute to the Beatles, to our community. In 2020, Jo Anne masterminded the ensemble’s first virtual performance, How Can We Keep From Singing—see Her visionary leadership helped The Choral Society bounce back after a 24-month Covid break, stronger than ever.

Jo Anne has worked with many acclaimed American choral and orchestral conductors, including John Alexander and Lawrence Christensen and participated in master classes with Paul Salamunovich, the late Robert Shaw, and Roger Wagner. She participated as a Master Class Conductor at the Oregon Bach Festival under Helmut Rilling. Jo Anne has been Chorus Master for Opera Santa Barbara, served on the faculty of California State University, Northridge and conducted the Women’s Chorale at Westmont College. She led the Choral Society’s International Performance Tours of Mozart’s Requiem in Eastern Europe, conducting Haydn’s Theresiennemesse and Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna in Italy and Bavaria, music for the Mass at the High Altar at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, Faure’s Requiem in Spain, and most recently touring in Italy with the legendary composer, Lauridsen. Local highlights include conducting Orff’s Carmina Burana with State Street Ballet, premiering William Soleau’s original ballet in 2007 for The Granada’s grand reopening season, Verdi Requiem, and Vaughan-Williams’ A Sea Symphony. In the Masterworks at San Roque series, she conducted the Bach B Minor Mass in 2011 and in 2012, the West Coast premier of the Rain Sequence by noted African-American composer Dr. Rollo Dilworth. For her 20th Season, she conducted the chorus and her son, concert pianist Alexander Wasserman, in Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, and a special tribute to American composer, Morten Lauridsen, bringing his Lux Aeterna to the Lobero in 2013.

This year, Jo Anne brought acclaimed conductor Dr. Eugene Rogers to Santa Barbara for a day-long Choral Workshop open to the community. Jo Anne’s dedication to the choral art form continues to enliven the ensemble as it enters its 75th season, celebrating the joy of choral music by performing exceptional classical masterpieces and diverse, modern works for the widest possible audience.

the orchestra

a cello in the orchestra

Ji Young An
Maia Zander
Kristine Pacheco
Daniel Munoz
Julie Beavers

Dianne Rammon
Claude-Lise La Franque
Boris Markosian
Philip Rammon

Besnik Yzeiri
Jonathan Morgan
Hyeree You

Christopher Ahn
Hillary Smith
Claudia Vanderschraaf

Neil Garber
Christopher Yick

Kathy Marsh
Laura Walter

Cathy Del Russo
Jennifer Spier

Patty Massey
Sara Marsh

Leslie Lashinsky

Chris Wilson
Adrian Dunker

John Ernest
Mike Kallin
Mike Fortunato

Ron Minor
Tiffany Johns
Callan Milani

Alan Peck

Brian Manchen

Laura Porter

David Potter

Jeanne Ullom

the choral society

* Professional Singer/Section Leader

Mica Basilici
Margaret Bloebaum
Karen Brill
Nathalie Confiac
Stacy Cullison
Diane Das
Erica Di Bartolomeo
Star Duffy
Mary Dan Eades
Pamela Enticknap
Ellen Evans
Sharla Fell
Eunice La Santa
Gail Lucas
Marilyn Mazess
Margo Roseman
Carla Sherman
Debra Stewart
Marylove Thralls

Anita Baldwin
Rinda Brown
Marcia Bourain
Mary Byrd
Jo Anne Carr
Kay Chambers
Kate Firestone
Jennica Harris
Jody Holehouse
Nancy Keele
Laurie Mason
Gretchen Murray
Kathy Piasecki
Joan Renehan
Susan Renehan
Susan Robbins
Deborah Rosique
Susannah Ruth*
Claudia Scott
Karen Williams

Todd Aldrich
John Baker
Will Breman*
Brandon Dinoto*
Lorenzo Johnson*
Scott Myrvold
John Rodkey
Ross Williams

Tommy Blanchard
Mike Bloebaum
Greg Davies*
Brooks Firestone
Bart Francis
Chris Gillmon
Bob Lally
Matt Latta*
Peter Lombrozo
Kurt Meyer
Jonathan Mitchell
Gregory Pantages
Jim Robbins
Howard Rothman
Steven Thompson*
Paul Warner

Sing! Music Academy

Director of Sing! Erin McKibben

Catherine Blabey
Kiana De Souza
Raana Deepak
Ximena Farfan-Hernández
Xarah Farfan-Hernández
Grover Ferguson
Amelia Gorman
Sofia Guillen
Theo Henning
Rosamund Jurkowska
Camilla Kagramanov
Akela Killam
Kaimana Killam
Noelani Killam
Lilian Kleinbecker
Quincy Levit
Isha Rajbanshi
Nisha Rajbanshi
Angelique Silva
Paetra Spahn
Melanie Starks
Zoe Tamayo
Alina van Hooijdonk
Lydia White
Charlotte Wittman




Started in 2018, the Sing! program is open to students in Santa Barbara County 1st through 6th grade. Performance opportunities include concerts and collaborations with the Music Academy family of artists, including the London Symphony Orchestra and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City. Sing! rehearsals are offered at Adams, Canalino, El Camino, Franklin, Isla Vista, and Monroe Elementary Schools, selected in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Education Office.

The program’s objectives are to help children:
• Discover and develop their ability to imagine and express themselves through music.
• Gain confidence in using their voice to communicate ideas and emotions.
• Work together to create something larger than themselves.
• Learn about people and cultures from around the world through singing.
• Foster a lifelong love for listening to and making music.
• Work together with others from many different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds to create something larger than themselves.

Narrator, Scott Reed

Scott Reid

President & Chief Executive Officer of Music Academy, The Choral Society welcomes Scott and his daughter onstage. With 20 years of experience in the classical music industry, Scott was named President and CEO of the Music Academy in 2010. Musical America named Scott Reed a 2015 Influencer, referring to him as a “brilliant fundraiser” and praising his “capacity to connect the Music Academy experience to the real world.”

Since becoming the Academy’s President and CEO, Scott Reed has forged a number of transformative initiatives including partnerships with the New York Philharmonic and the London Symphony Orchestra, further bolstering the Music Academy’s international visibility and impact. Other initiatives realized under Scott’s leadership include the launch of the Sing! children’s choral program in 2018, now serving nearly 200 local elementary students year-round and the Innovation Institute, that has awarded nearly $400,000 for new entrepreneurial ideas and projects through the Alumni Enterprise Awards.

Scott earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was a Music Affiliate scholarship recipient and swam on the UCSB NCAA Division I swim team. In May 2017 Scott was named “Distinguished Leader of the Year” by Leadership Santa Barbara.

Bravo, Scott!

Erin McKibben, Sing!

Erin McKibben

Erin McKibben, Director of Sing! is an active Grammy-nominated performer, educator, and conductor in Southern California. She is the Director of the Music Academy’s Sing! choral program and Director of the Santa Barbara School of Music. Erin is principal flutist for the Los Angeles-based experimental classical ensemble, Wild Up, whose performances have been listed in both the LA and New York Times “Best Of” lists. Their album “The Pieces that Fall to Earth” was nominated for a Grammy and their latest album, “Femenine,” listed on NPR’s Top 10 albums of 2021.

She has performed locally and at the Aspen Music Festival, Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Colburn’s Zipper Hall, Warner Brothers Studios, Brooklyn’s National Sawdust, at several National Flute Association Conventions as a prize winner, as a soloist at the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood, and with the LA Philharmonic, the experimental LA-based Opera company, The Industry (performing in the acclaimed productions, “Hopscotch” and “Sweet Land”), and the International Contemporary Ensemble.

Originally from Portland, Oregon, Erin holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan, where she studied with Amy Porter as a fellow.

about the choral society

the choral society on stage

Founded in 1948, The Santa Barbara Choral Society is the central coast’s oldest semi-professional community chorus. It normally comprises approximately 80 singers drawn primarily from Santa Barbara County, but also hailing from the greater Los Angeles area. Esteemed choral conductors Paul Salamunovich and Vance George praised The Choral Society as one of the finest community choruses on the West Coast.

The Choral Society promotes artistic development and provides opportunities for individual community members to study and perform great works of choral music, including works by contemporary composers. Committed to sustaining professional choral musicians in the area, The Choral Society employs a core group of professional singers to lead and mentor their voice sections.


We celebrate the joy of live choral music by performing exceptional classical masterpieces and diverse, modern works for the widest possible audience.

Todd Aldrich, President
Jody Dolan Holehouse, Treasurer
Claudia Scott, Secretary
Margo Callis
John Rodkey
Deborah Rosique
Debra Stewart, Past President

Jo Anne Wasserman, Conductor and Artistic Director
Steven Thomson, Assistant to the Conductor
David Potter, Accompanist

Gretchen Adams, Soprano Section Leader
Susannah Ruth, Alto Section Leader
Will Breman, Tenor Section Leader
Brian Dinoto, Tenor Section Leader
James Kirkland, Tenor Section Leader
Lorenzo Johnson, Tenor Section Leader
Greg Davies, Bass Section Leader
Matt Latta, Bass Section Leader
Steven Thomson, Bass Section Leader

Adrienne De Guevara

We wish to thank all of our dedicated volunteers, with special recognition to:
Carla Sherman, Soprano Section Administrator
Deborah Rosique, Alto Section Administrator & Music Librarian
John Baker, Tenor Section Administrator
Howard Rothman, Bass Section Administrator
John Rodkey, Rehearsal set up
John Maxwell, Office Manager
Jim Robbins, Artistic Committee Chair
Marylove Thralls and Susan Robbins, Marketing and Advertising

Irene Hoffman Design

Ruben Mislang, M4 Interactive

Kourtni Dale-Noll Mitchiner

Zach Mendez and David Bazemore

our supporters

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We are extremely grateful for our wonderful supporters!

reflects donations received between May 2021 and November 2022

Passionata – $25,000+
Todd and Allyson Aldrich
California Small Business Administration
Brooks and Kate Firestone
Dick and Marilyn Mazess
Thomson Foundation
Towbes Foundation
U.S. Small Business Administration

Stanza – $10,000+
Ann Jackson Family Foundation
Williams-Corbett Foundation

Baton – $4800+
Jody and Tom Holehouse
Debra and Stephan Stewart

Soli – $2400+
Roger and Sarah Chrisman – Schlinger Chrisman Foundation
Nancy and Frederic M. Golden
Steve and Elizabeth Hammer
Montecito Bank & Trust
Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation
Santa Barbara County Arts Commission
Karen and Ross Williams

Canto – $1200+
John Baker
John Blankenship
Karen and Peter Brill
Barbara Burger and Paul Munch
Ray DiBartolomeo
Jack A. Dimock Trust
Marshall Gorges
Gail Lucas
John and Eleanor Lynn
Kathleen Ann McGuire
Brian and Gisele McDermott
James and Susan Robbins
Claudia H. Scott
Karen and Ross Williams

Visionary – $600+
Anita S. Baldwin
Margaret and Mike Bloebaum
Rinda R. and Michael Brown
Margo Callis
John and Mary C. Cochrane
Erica DiBartolomeo
Barry and Pamela Enticknap
W.F. Bartlett and Birthe Francis
Gabriella Little
Alison Mitchell
Paul and Nancy Warner

Sponsoring – $250+
John Baker
Anita S. Baldwin
Nancy J. Betz-Cosenza
Dan and Mary Burnham
Mary Byrd
Janey and J. Kenneth Campbell
JoAnne Carr
Thomas Carr
Kay Chambers
Nathalie E. Confiac
Marcia Constance
Deneen Demourkas
Mary Dan Eades
Barry and Pamela Enticknap
Sharla Fell
Julie A Hanson-Smith
Jennica Harris
Robert Hart
Ken Hunter
Pam and John Johnson
Nancy Marilyn Keele
Clemens Kolbitsch and Manuela Geiger-Kolbitsch
Eunice La Santa
Bob and Michelle Lally
Peter Lombrozo
Kathleen Ann McGuire
Gretchen Murray
Kathy Piasecki
Paul and Gayle Satterblom
Felicia Saunders
Lu Setnicka
James A. Stemen
Dana Stewart
Paul Warner
Shane Williams

Sustaining $100 +
Raoul and Franziska Balcaen
Conrad E. J. Bendy
Catherine Binger
Cathy Cash
Stacy Cullison
Star Duffy
Regina Fletcher
Susan E. Kelsey
John Kennedy
Margaret Lobnitz
Kathy Piasecki
Kostis Protopapas
Michelle Richardson
Jenifer and Philippe Sautot
Debi Kornswiet-Shandling
Carla Sherman
Julie A Hanson-Smith
Kathleen Stinnett
Cherie Topper
Marylove Thralls and Michael Hackett
Pravrajika Vrajaprana
James and Rochelle Voirol

Contributing Under $100
Janita Cavanaugh
Danielle Aubertin Crowder
MJ Bakove
Ralph and Ellen Chase
Victoria Dillon
Nina Dunbar
David Evans
Marilyn Gilbert
Camille Hunter
Line Jette
Mary Jones
Robin Kneubuhl
David and Janice Levasheff
Dovie Louise Lindberg
Donna L Mason
John and Kitty Maxwell
Terre Ouwehand
Jean Parry
Jean M. Perloff
Sarah Stokes
Burghardt Tenderich
Shakira Tietje
Dorothy Turner
Larry Tsoumas
Gayle Ward
Catherine Whaley

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The performing arts have long been dependent on the generosity of patrons, sponsors and business leaders to provide financial support that cannot be generated by concert ticket sales alone. Thank you sincerely for keeping choral music alive.

Adrienne De Guevara, our Director of Development, can be reached at or 805-323-8884.

coming up

for the love of music

18/19 FEBRUARY, 2023



Contemplative and evocative music in a sacred setting with piano accompaniment, The Choral Society will perform inspirational songs from the Renaissance to American spirituals.

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voctave gala dinner

31 MARCH, 2023 



This season’s hottest ticket will be Voctave in concert, followed by The Choral Society’s annual Gala event. This 11-person a cappella group will wow you with their style and impressive vocal talents.

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Mozart to modern

6/7 MAY, 2023



The Choral Society and orchestra will perform Mozart’s Requiem and music by contemporary composers Morten Lauridsen, Christopher Tin, Rollo Dilworth and Ola Gjeilo.

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We hope you enjoy the concert.

The Choral Society

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