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The Peninsula Musical Arts Association is composed of three groups, the Foster City Community Chorus, an ensemble group from within the Chorus, Heart & Soul, and an auxiliary group, the Community Singers.

Foster City Community Chorus

The Foster City Community Chorus is a community-based, performance-oriented vocal group offering a variety of musical literature ranging from classical to folk to contemporary. The Chorus sings for community and civic events, such as Foster City's annual tree-lighting ceremony and Lions Club meetings, and presents public concerts in the Spring and Winter.

Founded in 1992, it is Foster City's original vocal group offering a recreational experience to those who like to sing and who desire to join in harmony with others. Participation is open to adult residents of the Peninsula and surrounding communities. Auditions are not required, but a strong sense of commitment and dedication to the group is essential. Under the direction of Paul Hurst, instruction in basic music theory and fundamental singing techniques is offered in a non-threatening environment, with support from other chorus members. Public performance is also an important part of the chorus experience. The chorus has performed more than 50 concerts and civic performances.

Rehearsals are Tuesdays, 7:15-9:30 pm at Audubon Elementary School, 841 Gull Avenue, Foster City.

Seasons are January through early May (Spring) and September through early December (Fall.) Registration opens at the beginning of each season. Each season culminates in a public concert. The Spring season features secular pieces and the Fall season emphasizes holiday pieces for Christmas and Hanukkah.

Heart & Soul

Heart & Soul is a mixed-voice ensemble of current Foster City Community Chorus members, selected by Director Paul Hurst. The repertoire ranges from Baroque to contemporary, including spiritual, Broadway and Big Band.

The group has sung at corporate and civic events throughout the Bay Area. Heart & Soul has been honored to sing for the Holiday Candlelight Tour in the East Room of the White House and at dedication ceremonies for the Foster City Library and the Senior Center. The group has entertained at corporate, service club or private functions, with programs customized to the occasion.

Heart & Soul rehearses from 9:30 pm to 10:00 pm, immediately following the FCCC Tuesday evening rehearsals at Audubon School.

Community Singers

The Community Singers is an un-audited, unrehearsed volunteer group which performs twice a month for the long-term care patients at San Mateo General Hospital. We sing mainly camp songs, folk songs, and the Standard American Songbook, unaccompanied. All are welcome to come sing with us. The only requirement is the desire to bring joy to the sick.

How do I join?

We'd be delighted if you'd consider joining Foster City Community Chorus. You do not have to be a resident of Foster City to join. Singers from all over the Peninsula enjoy participating.

We are a non-auditioned community chorus, and our singers come from all walks of life. Some have had professional voice training, some have performed with high school, college or church choirs. Some have only sung in the shower, and some don't even read music. If you can stay on pitch, blend with your fellow singers, and are willing to learn and have fun making music, then the chorus is prepared to help you participate.

Registration for each season closes with the 3rd rehearsal of the season. Singer fees are currently $115 for the season. You can attend the first three rehearsals without obligation. This gives you a chance to check us out, meet our fabulous director, Paul Hurst, and mingle with our friendly singers.

Singers are provided music to rehearse for our concerts, and no audition is required.  You don't need to read music, though it helps. You just need to be able to match a pitch. Some of our singers have extensive musical backgrounds; others have sung nowhere but in the shower before joining our group. We offer music education and a chance to spend one evening a week doing something for yourself in the company of friendly singers.

If you're interested in joining the chorus, you can e-mail us at info@peninsulamusicalarts.org, call 650.268.8345 for more information, or you can simply print and fill out the Registration Form and bring it with you to the first rehearsal.

What commitments come with joining?

    • Attendance at rehearsals and concerts
    • Attendance at scheduled community events and programs
    • Agreement to purchase performance attire
    • Memorization of some music as requested by Musical Director
    • Selling concert tickets and helping publicize concerts
    • Proper care of music and return of same at the end of the season

 

 
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