San Jose Symphonic Choir (Unofficial)

20 05 2009
San Jose Symphonic Choir
85 Years of Glorious Choral Music

Beginning its 85th season, San Jose Symphonic Choir is one the country’s most successful volunteer choral societies. The 110-voice Choir, led by Maestro Leroy Kromm who has held the baton for 25 years, presents major works for chorus and orchestra in the fall, winter, and spring of each year.

The Choir is well known as the sponsor of San Jose’s Christmas time “You-Sing-It Messiah”, which for twenty-seven years has brought large audiences/participants to the Center for the Performing Arts.

On July 1, 2009, San Jose Symphonic Tour Choir will perform in Washington, DC. Members of SJSC joined with Nancy Kromm and the Stone Church Choir for a tour of Ireland and Scotland. The Choir has toured Scandinavia and St. Petersberg, California Missions, and in the summer of 2003, the Choir performed throughout Italy, from Venice to Rome, on an Italian Cathedral Concert Tour.

San Jose Symphonic Choir at Le Petit Trianon

San Jose Symphonic Choir at Le Petit Trianon

SJSC at Le Petit Trianon Theater


“Beatitude Mass” by Henry Mollicone on FM Radio KKUP

16 06 2009
The Beatitude Mass recording by the San Jose Symphonic Choir will be broadcast on KKUP, Cupertino, 91.5 FM, Sat, 27 June, 8AM – 9AM.
“Hi, Ric,
I finally got a chance to listen to the CD in its entirety.  It’s gorgeous!  Will be reading the text material you lent me, soon.  Just wanted to let you know I very much enjoyed the CD.  I will feature the entire Mass on my program of June 27.
The program runs from 6 am to 9 am; I’ll start the mass with an introduction around 8:00 am.  I believe it runs just under 40 minutes.
Sincere thanks.
(Keep in mind, I’m “Rey Gonzalez” on the program)
KKUP 91.5fm; the website is

Beatitude Mass Artwork

Beatitude Mass Artwork

“A Sea Symphony” by R. Vaughn Williams

16 06 2009

In celebrating the 100th year since the premier of the magnificent and grandiose “A Sea Symphony” by R. Vaughn Williams in 1910, the San Jose Symponic Choir joins forces with the Nova Vista Symphony to perform this incredible work. Save the date: November 28, 2009; you will not want to miss this!

Vaughn Williams selected poetry by Walt Whitman and set it to a magnificent music setting. The Washington Post said, “This was without doubt one of the great musical events of the season, from the opening shout of “Behold! The sea itself . . .” through the whispered exhortation “O farther, farther, farther sail,” that brings this endearing leviathan to rest some 80 minutes later. This is a spacious, multidimensional and altogether glorious work originally performed in 1910.”

A reviewer, Rafael Collin says, “I fell asleep at a performance of Vaughan Williams’ “A Sea Symphony” some years ago. It is a LONG piece. I would not recommend it as a first Vaughan Williams purchase, unless you are a particular fan of choral music.
On the other hand, I couldn’t ignore it.

“Robert Shaw (America’s “Mr. Choral Music“) described this symphony on the radio as “the most beautiful piece of choral music written in the 20th century“. Wow! That covers 100 years, you know. And I deeply enjoy other pieces by RVW, including his Four Hymns and Five Mystical Songs.
“The symphony is a setting of poems by Walt Whitman that celebrate human daring, and RVW matched that by writing an immense symphony. If you have not heard this symphony before, you could not imagine the sonic images Vaughan Williams creates for ships, sailors, and the sea. The first notes at the music’s very beginning have the full chorus and orchestra at top voice singing ‘Behold, the Sea itself!‘ It is startlingly majestic, and yet it is followed by an almost vulgarly pop and spiky little tune for male voice (baritone) and bassoon that I now sing everyday while shaving ‘today, a rude brief recitative about ships sailing the sea …’ The diversity is wonderful -” [Review by Rafael Collin “Rafe”]

To get a preview, visit eMusic to download the 4 sound tracks or the entire album as recorded by the London Sympony Orchestra and Chorus. Another source, Classics Online, also has the tracks or album available as well.

London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus recording

London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus recording

San Francisco Classical Voice

2 06 2009

San Francisco Classical Voice

San Francisco Classical Voice

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Washington, DC — Choir Tour Update

1 06 2009

Dear San Jose Symphonic Choir:

Wonderful concerts this month! Congratulations for making it to the end of a very full schedule of singing.

Our next project is preparing for the Washington D.C. tour.  Correspondence from the National Cathedral instructs us that there is no piano nor keyboard available and that there is a time limit, so refer to the revised list below for the National Cathedral concert.

Most of you have all of the music, but if you need copies of anything, copies will be available on June 2 at the Monterey venue, but please let me know what you need (via email) so Eleanor can retrieve the music from the symphony library before the rehearsal Tuesday. These are borrowed copies and will need to be returned.

Beatitude Mass Artwork

Beatitude Mass Artwork

Our next rehearsal for the tour choir is Tuesday evening, June 2, in Monterey at the Unitarian Church just off Highway 1 on Aguajito Road.  I am proposing the following schedule. Locations are subject to change because of the rental agreements that we make for the year are no longer in force, so we need to arrange for space each week.  But Tuesday is definitely at the Unitarian Church.

Monday  June 1   final concert of Vaughan Williams, Faure and Host at Sunset Center, Carmel.
Call time is 7:30 PM  (Great job on Saturday and Sunday!)

Tuesday June 2 in Monterey at 7:30 PM at Unitarian Church
Monday  June 8 in San Jose at 7:00 PM
Tuesday June 16 in Monterey at 7:30 PM
Monday  June 22 In San Jose at 7:00 PM
One more rehearsal later in the week before we leave, if needed.

1.  Sicut Cervis  (Palestrina)
2.  Keep Your Lamps
3.  Prayer of the Children
4.  Sing me to heaven
5   Wondrous Love
6.  Ride the Chariot

8.  Bogoro ditse Devo

11. Little innocent Lamb

13. Beatitude Mass (July 1 only)
14. Selections from “Les Mis” (also on the July 1 concert) are being sent by the Georgetown Chorale and should be available at June 8 rehearsal.

In preparing for the San Jose Symphonic Choir’s contribution to the “Beatitude Mass” by Henry Mollicone, remember that we commissioned the work and sang the World Premier at Saint Joseph’s Cathedral in San Jose. For opening night, there were people left outside standing in line unable to get in! This performance with the Georgetown Chorale will raise much-needed funds to support the homeless.

This coming March, we will be singing another World Premier of a major work by Henry Mollicone: “Misa de los Inmigrantes”. Henry hopes to have it benefit undocumented workers in a similar way that his “Beatitude Mass” benefits the homeless.


Leroy Kromm

SJSC CHOIR TOUR: to Washington, DC

16 05 2009

The San Jose Symphonic Tour Choir is traveling to Washington, DC to sing with the Georgetown Chorale. In addition to joining with the composer Henry Mollicone directing the “Beatitude Mass”, Maestro Leroy Kromm will be leading us in singing for 30 minutes just prior  to the Evensong service at the National Cathedral on Sunday, June 28, from 3:30 to 4:00 PM. We will rehearse with the Georgetown Chorale leading into the performance on July 1, 2009.

The Georgetown Chorale is a 60 member singing group that performs classic choral literature with a mix of contemporary literature, opera choruses and show tunes. We invite you to join us. Our mission is to provide for the musical excellence and education of members and give them an opportunity to perform their community service through music. The Chorale meets once a week on Wednesdays and performs a winter holiday concert in December and a benefit concert in April or May.

Georgetown Chorale in Concert

Georgetown Chorale in Concert

40th Anniversary Concert for S.O.M.E. on July 1
On July 1, 2009, 7:30 pm, we will perform Henry Mollicone’s Beatitude Mass (for the homeless) under the direction of the composer at the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. to inaugurate the 40th anniversary of S.O.M.E. (So Others Might Eat). Featured soloists will be Christopher Walker of Los Angeles and Kathryn Hearden of northern Virginia

Purchase Concert Tickets for preferred seating now. Preferred seating tickets will not be available at the door. You may also Make a Donation and become a S.O.M.E. sponsor! Sponsorship levels include tickets:

  • SOME Angel ($2500 or above) – 10 tickets
  • Seraphim ($1000 to $2499) – 6 tickets
  • Archangels ($500 to $999) – 4 tickets
  • Choir Angels ($250 to $499) – 2 tickets
  • Guardian Angels ($100 to $249) – 2 tickets

Sing with Us for S.O.M.E. on July 1, 2009!


Singers everywhere are invited to participate in this choir event. The GC Music Director, Dr. Elaine Rendler-McQueeney will direct six rehearsals on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm, (May 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17 and 24) at Our Lady of Victory Church, MacArthur Blnd., Washington, DC. The week of the concert, composer Henry Mollicone will lead the rehearsal on Monday, June 29 at OLV, and then the dress rehearsal at the national shrine on Tuesday evening, June 30. If you are interested and can learn the music by May 20, you can purchase the music and confirm your participation in our on-line store. We will contact you. If you have question or would like to sign up by mail, write to Dr. Rendler-McQueeney for details. You may listen to the work here. Members of the San Jose Symphonic Chorus will also be joining us.

Carmina Burana Concert, May 15 & 16

23 04 2009

San Jose Symphonic Choir

Enjoy an evening of spine-tingling music

Dear Friends,

Treat yourselves to a night out and enjoy a masterful performance of Carl Orff’s ever-popular Carmina Burana. Tickets are now available for the final concerts of our season, May 15th in San Mateo and May 16th at Flint Center in Cupertino. (See the flyer below for details.)

Purchase your tickets in advance from a San Jose Symphonic Choir member or by contacting our Ticket Sales Manager, Carol Gavette, at

Orff's Carmina Burana Concert

Orff's Carmina Burana Concert