Santa Clara Chorale


Santa Clara Chorale
2014-2015 Concert Season


Santa Clara Chorale
2014-2015 Concert Season

Hogan's Heroes
Sa, Oct 25, 2014
8:00 p.m. PDT
Mission Santa Clara
feat. Marlissa Hudson

About the Chorale
About the Chorale
About the Chorale
2014-2015 Concert Season
2014-2015 Concert Season
2014-2015 Concert Season
Concert Tickets
Concert Tickets
Concert Tickets
Join the Chorale
Join the Chorale
Join the Chorale
Support the Chorale
Support the Chorale
Support the Chorale
For the last fifty-three years,
the Chorale has delighted
the people of the South Bay with the beauty and appreciation
of classical, contemporary and innovative choral music.

In their 53rd season, the chorale continues to present the cornerstones
of the choral repertoire alongside innovative concerts
meant to educate and inspire.
Classical and Contemporary Choral Music in the Mission since 1962
Classical and Contemporary Choral Music
in the Mission since 1962
Classical and Contemporary Choral Music
in the Mission since 1962

Since 1962, the Santa Clara Chorale has provided singers and audiences alike the opportunity to experience great choral music. Members and audiences have been introduced to the classical choral music of Beethoven and Mozart, the challenging contemporary music of Eric Whitacre and Libby Larsen, and the diversity of traditions in jazz, spirituals, gospel, Broadway, popular music, and world music.

Whether connected locally or internationally, the Chorale continues to share the joy of choral music wherever it goes.

Local collaborations have included performing with jazz greats like David Brubeck and Vince Guaraldi, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, and regular orchestral collaborations with the Jubilate Orchestra, the San Jose Chamber Orchestra, and Symphony Silicon Valley. The Chorale also enjoys a rich history of touring internationally, from performing under the baton of Sir David Willcocks at Coventry Cathedral in England to presenting concerts in some of the worlds great venues in Israel, Poland, the Russia, Austria, Italy, and Argentina.

For the hundreds of singers who have participated in the performance of great choral music and for the thousands who have heard the Santa Clara Chorale's sound in concert in the beautiful Santa Clara Mission and abroad, there is no question about the human appetite for the inspiration of the spirit provided by the performance of great music. Singers and audiences know the electricity of those moments when voices and listeners connect and the music is brought to life.

The Santa Clara Chorale is funded in part by grants from the City of Santa Clara as well as Silicon Valley Creates (formerly Arts Council Silicon Valley), in partnership with the County of Santa Clara, California Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, the Chorale is funded in part by an Applied Materials Excellence in the Arts Grant, a program of Arts Council Silicon Valley; Mission City Community Fund; and Wells Fargo Foundation. We wish to extend our gratitude for these funders' generosity and support.

Artistic Staff
Artistic Staff
Artistic Staff

Scot Hanna-Weir
Artistic Director, since 2013

Dr. Scot Hanna-Weir leads the Santa Clara Chorale as their artistic director and is also director of choral activities at Santa Clara University where he oversees the choral program, directs the SCU Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, and teachers other courses within the music department.

Dr. Hanna-Weir received his DMA from the University of Maryland - College Park (UMD) where he studied under Dr. Edward Maclary. At UMD, Dr. Hanna-Weir prepared the University Chorale for performances of Mendelssohn's Elias with the National Symphony Orchestra under Helmuth Rilling, and conducted Dominick Argento's I hate and I love as part of The Art of Argento festival with the composer in attendance. He conducted the UMD Chamber Singers and UMD Wind Orchestra in a performance of the Stravinsky Mass, the UMD Concert Choir and UMD Symphony Orchestra in Ives’ General William Booth Enters into Heaven, and the UMD Summer Chorus in Haydn’s Harmoniemesse. Dr. Hanna-Weir has also prepared choruses for the National Orchestral Institute under Asher Fisch, the Maryland Opera Studio, and served as director of the UMD Women’s Chorus. In addition to his work at UMD, Dr. Hanna-Weir has significant interest and experience in new music and music from non-western traditions. As director of the All Souls Choir at All Souls Church, Unitarian in Washington, DC, he commissioned and premiered a new choral orchestral work by award-winning composer Scott Gendel, collaborated regularly with outside artists from diverse musical traditions, and led the choir in a variety of musical genres. Before moving to Washington, Dr. Hanna-Weir directed the vocal music program at Tecumseh High School, where he led his choirs to consistent success at district and state choral festivals.

Dr. Hanna-Weir has appeared regularly as a music director for theatrical productions and as a clinician and adjudicator for choral festivals. In addition to his DMA, he holds a BM in Music Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a MM in Choral Conducting from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Dan Cromeenes
Rehearsal Accompanist

Dan is a versatile musician who has performed professionally as a countertenor soloist, choral singer, and accompanist. Originally from southern California, he studied piano and voice at Biola University. He received his Master's degree in accompanying at East Carolina University, where he made his countertenor solo debut with Capella Antiqua. After working three years at Biola as Staff Accompanist, he joined Chanticleer for their 2005-06 season, singing concerts across Europe, Japan, and the United States. Dan continues to perform throughout the San Francisco Bay area both as accompanist and singer. He has played for Santa Clara University, West Bay Opera, Livermore Valley Opera, BASOTI, Santa Clara Chorale, Lamplighters Music Theatre, and has worked as a freelance accompanist and coach. As a singer he has performed with various ensembles, including American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque Chorale, Clerestory, Pacific Collegium, Sanford Dole Ensemble, San Francisco Renaissance Voices, and Grace Cathedral Choir of Men & Boys.

As a soloist Dan has performed Handel's Israel in Egypt and Vivaldi's Gloria with the Santa Clara Chorale, Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 with Bach Collegium San Diego, Handel's Te Deum in A Major with San Francisco Lyric Chorus, Bach's Johannes-Passion with Bay Area Classical Harmonies (BACH), new editions of Alessandro Scarlatti's works with Arcadiana, and early music recitals on SCU's Faculty Recital Series and at St. Dominic's Catholic Church. When not onstage or behind a piano, Dan can usually be found either on a hike in the mountains or at home baking gourmet goodies.





Saturday, October 25, 2014
Mission Santa Clara – 8 p.m.


Acclaimed Washington DC-based coloratura soprano Marlissa Hudson joins the Santa Clara Chorale in their 53rd season opener for a concert of the spirituals of Moses Hogan and the generations of arrangers that inspired him. Hudson will display her impeccable and deeply-felt interpretations of spirituals accompanied both in a cappella arrangements by the Chorale and by artistic director Scot Hanna-Weir at the piano.





Friday, December 12, 2014
Mission Santa Clara – 8 p.m.

Sunday, December 14, 2014
Mission Santa Clara – 4 p.m.


In December of 1914, German and English soldiers on the front lines of World War I set aside their weapons and took up carols in an historic impromptu truce. One-hundred years later, the Chorale remembers this demonstration of humanity through the singing of carols and songs known to be sung at the event, interspersed with readings from contemporary soldiers’ letters and seasonal choral pieces.





Sunday, March 15, 2015
Mission Santa Clara – 2 p.m.


Bring the entire family to experience a choral menagerie like never before. Choral enthusiasts young and old are invited to explore the animal kingdom through music from the renaissance to the contemporary. Serious and seriously funny choral literature is featured alongside vocal and piano solos. For this all-ages concert, the Chorale invites all children 12 and under to attend free of charge.





Saturday, May 16, 2015
Mission Santa Clara – 8 p.m.


In our orchestral finale concert, the Santa Clara Chorale collaborates with Symphony Silicon Valley and the Santa Clara University Choral Program to present two sublime masterworks: the intimate Mozart Vesperae solennes de Confessore and the peacefully pleading Fauré Requiem.





Sunday, June 7, 2015
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Santa Clara – 3 p.m.


The Chorale will offer an informal afternoon concert revisiting the highlights of the season as a benefit for St. Mark's Episcopal Church. It's a wonderful chance to hear something you missed or to recapture some of the sublime choral moments from the season.








Saturday, October 25, 2014
Mission Santa Clara – 8 p.m.


Acclaimed Washington DC-based coloratura soprano Marlissa Hudson joins the Santa Clara Chorale in their 53rd season opener for a concert of the spirituals of Moses Hogan and the generations of arrangers that inspired him. Hudson will display her impeccable and deeply-felt interpretations of spirituals accompanied both in a cappella arrangements by the Chorale and by artistic director Scot Hanna-Weir at the piano.





Friday, December 12, 2014
Mission Santa Clara – 8 p.m.

Sunday, December 14, 2014
Mission Santa Clara – 4 p.m.


In December of 1914, German and English soldiers on the front lines of World War I set aside their weapons and took up carols in an historic impromptu truce. One-hundred years later, the Chorale remembers this demonstration of humanity through the singing of carols and songs known to be sung at the event, interspersed with readings from contemporary soldiers’ letters and seasonal choral pieces.





Sunday, March 15, 2015
Mission Santa Clara – 2 p.m.


Bring the entire family to experience a choral menagerie like never before. Choral enthusiasts young and old are invited to explore the animal kingdom through music from the renaissance to the contemporary. Serious and seriously funny choral literature is featured alongside vocal and piano solos. For this all-ages concert, the Chorale invites all children 12 and under to attend free of charge.





Saturday, May 16, 2015
Mission Santa Clara – 8 p.m.


In our orchestral finale concert, the Santa Clara Chorale collaborates with Symphony Silicon Valley and the Santa Clara University Choral Program to present two sublime masterworks: the intimate Mozart Vesperae solennes de Confessore and the peacefully pleading Fauré Requiem.





Sunday, June 7, 2015
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Santa Clara – 3 p.m.


The Chorale will offer an informal afternoon concert revisiting the highlights of the season as a benefit for St. Mark's Episcopal Church. It's a wonderful chance to hear something you missed or to recapture some of the sublime choral moments from the season.

Season Subscription Prices:

Purchase a Season Subscription and save up to 25%!

  • General Admission
  • $90
  • Senior*
  • $72
  • SCU Faculty and Staff
  • $72
  • Student**
  • $36
  • 18 Years and Under
  • $18
  • General Admission
  • $90
  • Senior*
  • $72
  • Student**
  • $36
  • 18 Years and Under
  • $18
  • SCU Faculty and Staff
  • $72

    Season subscribers receive reserved seating at all performances.


    Individual Ticket Prices:

    Regular Seating | Reserved Seating
  • General Admission
  • $25|$30
  • Senior*
  • $20|$24
  • SCU Faculty and Staff
  • $20|$24
  • Student**
  • $10|$12
  • 18 Years and Under
  • $5|$6
  • General Admission
  • $25|$30
  • Senior*
  • $20|$24
  • Student**
  • $10|$12
  • 18 Years and Under
  • $5|$6
  • SCU Faculty and Staff
  • $20|$24

    Purchase Individual Tickets Online or by Phone

    Order Online: www.scc.org/concerts
      Order By Phone: (408) 883-4722

    Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the night of the performance, subject to availability. Advance purchase is recommended. Ticket prices subject to change after December 31, 2014.

    Purchase Season Subscriptions

    Enjoy all five performances of the Santa Clara Chorale 2014/2015 season and save up to 25% over the cost of purchasing individual tickets. For concerts with multiple performances, please check preferred concert date below.

    Hogan's Heroes Oct. 25
    The Christmas Truce Dec. 12 or Dec. 14
    Wild Things Mar. 14 (Palo Alto) or Mar. 15 (Santa Clara)
    Mozart Vespers & Fauré Requiem May 16
    Encore Concert June 7

    Thank you for your patronage!

    *Senior discount for individuals 60 years and older.
    **Student discount for individuals with valid student I.D.




    The Santa Clara Chorale is a fantastic community of music making. We hold ourselves to a high artistic standard while keeping rehearsals energetic and fun, remembering that there is great joy in making great art, and even greater joy when we share that experience with a community.

    The Chorale rehearses on Monday evenings, 7:30pm-10:00pm from the end of August to the beginning of June. We sing a 4 concert season (October, December, March, May) with a June Thank You concert for St. Mark's Episcopal in Santa Clara that hosts our rehearsals. Dress rehearsals typically fall on the Wednesday before the concert.

    Audition Process

    New member auditions continue throughout the year. We are currently auditioning for the 2014/2015 season!

    We invite interested singers to attend a rehearsal to experience the chorale first hand. To make an appointment to visit a rehearsal, send an email to info@scc.org or call our hotline at (408) 883-4722 and our choir manager will be happy to answer your questions and help you schedule an appointment. When you visit rehearsal, you'll have a chance to sing alongside current members and get a sense of what a regular rehearsal is like.

    At the break or after the rehearsal, you'll have a chance to meet the artistic director and schedule a follow-up audition. If you have a song that you feel showcases your voice, you are welcome to bring that to the audition, otherwise, you may be asked to sing a folksong or other well-known tune. The Chorale is looking for singers with good sight-reading skills and vocal proficiency with regards to diction, rhythm, intonation, pitch, and tone. Please do not be intimidated by the audition process, we try to make it relaxed and fun, in line with our choir's personality.

    Attendance Policy

    For each concert period, only three absences are permitted. With two or three absences you will be responsible for attending a performance check. With four absences, you may not be permitted to sing the concert. Regular attendance is a sign of respect and commitment to the ensemble, and is necessary to create the highest caliber of performance.

    Financial Commitments

    Membership dues are $200 for the season and due at the time of the first rehearsal. Music is purchased by each member. The cost is approximately $75.00 for the year or an average of $25 per concert. However, there are scholarships available for those for which purchasing music or paying dues will be an undue hardship and may perhaps prevent from singing in the Chorale. We want everyone to participate so please do not let the financial commitment prevent you from joining us. Each spring the Chorale participates in the Arts Council Silicon Valley's Music and Arts campaign. The campaign is an annual fundraising event that brings together diverse arts organizations throughout the Bay Area in a unified annual fundraising campaign. The Arts Council provides the Chorale with administrative support in collecting donors' gifts. All we have to do is provide the donors. We hope that all members of the Chorale will support the Music and Arts campaign through the giving of time and money in support of the Chorale.

    Concert Dress

    Standard concert dress for most programs is dress black. For women: a uniform black choir outfit (skirt, shell and jacket), black stockings and shoes. The cost is approximately $100; for men: a tuxedo with tux shirt and studs, tie and cummerbund, black shoes and socks.

    For over 50 years, the Santa Clara Chorale has been able to bring music to a wide and diverse audience through the kind and generous support of the community. Please consider adding your support today!

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    What Your Donations Support

    The funds the Chorale raises through ticket sales account for approximately 25% of our annual income. But as the costs for everything from purchasing music to hiring instrumentalists and soloists continue to rise, fund raising efforts are especially important.

    Whatever the size of your gift, every cent goes to support our choral music programs. Your donations allow the Chorale to perform in the beautiful setting of Mission Santa Clara as well as in other Bay Area locations. Our programs include children, high school, and college age music students who come to learn and perform with the Chorale. Your generosity also allows us to hire professional soloists and orchestras, perform in community concerts, and provide affordable ticket prices including senior and student discounts.

    Your tax deductable gift makes a difference. A contribution of $25 buys a major choral score for a singer; $150 pays for one evening of a rehearsal accompanist's time; $250 pays for a professional soloist or an instrumentalist; $1000 pays for a soloist quartet or instrumental quartet.

    How to Give to the Chorale

    Our annual fund drive takes place each Spring, but donations can be made at any time during the year. Make checks payable to the Santa Clara Chorale and mail to:

    P. O. Box 65
    Santa Clara, CA 95052

    If you prefer, you may donate online through PayPal for non-profit organizations. Please click on the "Donate" button on the top of this page.
    Consider increasing the value of your gift by asking your employer to match your contribution or to sponsor a concert or orchestra performance.
    Contact the SCC Hotline at (408) 883-4722 or send an e-mail at info@scc.org to find out more information or to answer any questions.

    Additional Ways to Support the Chorale

    Become a supporter of the Santa Clara Chorale simply by shopping!
    The Chorale is a part of the eScrip Program. Participating merchants donate a percentage of the sale directly to the Chorale. To learn more about the eScrip Program and become a supporter, simply go to www.escrip.com and click to "Sign Up". Look for "Make a Difference in Four Easy Steps" and follow the prompts. You will find buttons to choose the group you are supporting. Type in "Santa Clara Chorale" and follow the instructions.
    The Chorale is also affiliated with Amazon.com. By making your Amazon purchases through our links on this page, the home page, and Ryan's Blog, you are supporting the Chorale simply by shopping. Like eScrip, a percentage of the sale is donated directly to the Chorale.
    The Santa Clara Chorale also participates in the S.H.A.R.E.S. Card Program. Obtain a card from the Chorale and use that card at participating stores such as Lucky, Save Mart and FoodMaxx Supermarkets. Contact the SCC Hotline at (408) 883-4722 or send an e-mail to info@scc.org to receive a card.

    We greatly appreciate your support! Thank you!