Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra

The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra (SCSO), a California educational 501 c (3) non-profit organization established in 1996, is an auditioned, volunteer chorus with a professional orchestra committed to the performance, education, and appreciation of a wide range of choral orchestral music for the Greater Sacramento Region.

The SCSO is unique nationally in that it is the only Community Chorus among the 12,000 Community Choruses in the U.S. to have a collective bargaining agreement with its own professional symphony orchestra.


To continue the tradition of performing important choral orchestral masterworks for the community

To develop an appreciation of choral music in the community

To encourage choral music education and creativity through workshops, clinics and mentoring

To achieve professional standards of performance

To develop excellence in musicianship in its membership

To secure a lasting foundation as a non-profit symphonic music organization

To achieve financial stability

Recent Awards

Best of '07 Classical - The Sacramento Bee

The Arts Excellence Award - Arts & Business Council of Sacramento - 2001

Best of the Best Outstanding Nonprofit of the Year 2002

Arts Executive Of the Year Award - Arts & Business Council of Sacramento

Best Example of Talent & Efficiency - Sacramento Magazine - 2003

City & County of Sacramento Resolutions - Spring 2005

Certificate of Appreciation for Community Service in the Arts
California Senator Barbara Boxer - November 2006

National and International Cultural Ambassadors for the Sacramento Region
(All tours are self-funded)

Carnegie Hall Debut - May 2003

Walt Disney Concert Hall Debut - June 2008

International European Concert Tour - July 2004 - Munich, Prague, Vienna, Budapest

International Concert Tour of China - July 2006 - Beijing, Tianjin, Xi'ian, Jinan (Sacramento's Sister City) The Great Wall

Dr. Donald Kendrick, Music Director

Dr. Donald Kendrick is the founding Conductor of the 180-voice Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra that presents several concerts each season in the Sacramento Community Center Theater. He is also Director of Choral Activities at California State University, Sacramento, where he conducts the Concert Choir, Chamber Choir and the University Chorus. At CSUS he also directs the Graduate Degree Program in Choral Conducting that he initiated in 1986. His CSUS Choirs have performed in Europe, the United States and Canada, where they appeared on an international telecast at the invitation of the Prime Minister of Canada.

Dr. Kendrick is also Organist and Director of Music at Sacramento's Sacred Heart Church where he conducts Vox Nova (Sunday 9:30 a.m. Men's Chorus) and Schola Cantorum, an ensemble that has recorded and toured throughout North America and recently completed a concert tour of Spain. In addition, he is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Sacramento Children's Chorus and was recently awarded a Certificate of Recognition from the California State Assembly for his work in promoting choral music for youth in the greater Sacramento area.





Requiem - John Rutter
A Message of Hope and Comfort
Fantasy for Organ and Harp – Rachel Laurin
Donald Kendrick, Conductor
Beverly Wesner-Hoehn, Harp
Ryan Enright, Organ
Beth Ann Homoleski, Soprano
SCSO Chamber Ensemble
Saturday, October 24, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Fremont Presbyterian Church
5774 Carlson Drive, Sacramento
Free Parking at the Scottish Rite Temple
Tickets now on sale.
$35 Reserved  $25 General
Students: 50% discount

Online via Vendini
Or via the SCSO Office: (916) 536-9065 (M-F – 9:30 AM – 5 PM)

Wells Fargo Home for the Holidays
A Sacramento tradition that ushers in the holiday spirit
Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Memorial Auditorium
1515 J Street – Sacramento
Donald Kendrick, Conductor
Special Guest Artist: TBA
Guest Chorus: Sacramento Children’s Chorus
Lynn Stevens, Director
Christ Community Church Bell Ringers
Radiant music for Christmas
Candlelit procession
Audience singalong
New and familiar choral orchestral holiday songs
Merriment guaranteed
Lobby Entertainment by Vibrance Barbershop Quartet
Support the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots Foundation by bringing a new unwrapped toy to the concert.
Tickets $45, $35, $30 – Students 50% Discount
Tickets now on sale
Purchase tickets ONLINE via TICKETS.COM

Carmina Burana – Carl Orff
Songs of Sanctuary – Karl Jenkins
Psalms for Leo - Jonathan Dove
Donald Kendrick, Conductor
Shawnette Sulker, Soprano
Brian Staufenbiel, Tenor
Lee Poulis, Baritone

Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 8:00 PM

7:00 PM – Pre-concert talk by Conductor Donald Kendrick
Projected Supertitles
Post-concert lobby reception
Tickets: $35, $45, $55 (Students: 50% discount)
Tickets now on sale
Purchase tickets ONLINE via TICKETS.COM
Sacramento Community Center Box Office: 916-808-5181
Information: 916-536-9065

European Masterworks
Harmoniemesse  - Franz Joseph Haydn
An Oxford Elegy  - Ralph Vaughan Williams
Psalm 149  - Antonin Dvorak
Donald Kendrick, Conductor
Sara Duchnovnay, Soprano
Malin Fritz, Mezzo Soprano
Christopher Bengochea, Tenor
Matt Boehler, Bass
Narrator: Phillip Ryder
Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 8:00 PM
7:00 PM – Pre-concert talk by Donald Kendrick
Projected supertitle translations
Post-concert reception
Sacramento Community Center Theater 
1301 L Street, Sacramento
Tickets now on sale
Purchase tickets ONLINE via TICKETS.COM
$35 – $45  - $55
Children/Students with ID: 50% discount
Sacramento Community Center Box Office: 1-916-808-5181
Information (SCSO Office – M – F): 916-536-9065

Music Performed by the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra

"Gloria" from Haydn's Harmoniemesse (on SCSO's "European Horizons" CD recorded live in Budapest by Radio Hungary at the Liszt Academy). / (1.0mb - 1:07)

"O Nata Lux" from Morten Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna" (on SCSO's "European Horizons" CD recorded live in Budapest by Radio Hungary at the Liszt Academy). / (1.3mb - 1:23)

"Veni Sancte Spiritus" from Morten Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna" (on SCSO's "European Horizons" CD recorded live in Budapest by Radio Hungary at the Liszt Academy). / (824kb - 0:52)