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Vallejo Choral Society (Choir)

Born: 1917 - Vellejo, California, USA

Established in the summer of 1917, the Vallejo Choral Society (= VCS) is one of the oldest musical organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area and the oldest community-based non-professional choir in California. The VCS, or as it was originally called the Vallejo Municipal Chorus, gave its first performance on December 9, 1917 in San Francisco in a joint concert with the San Francisco Municipal Orchestra.

During the next two decades, following the end of WW I and at the time of Great Depression, the VCS had to unofficially disband for several seasons only to be brought back to life by the unwavering enthusiasm of the Vallejoís singing community. A decade later, the 1941-1942 season had to be cut short due to the publicís somber mood following the onset of World War II and the large-scale mobilization of fighting forces for the war efforts in the Pacific. Thus, from its very beginning the history of the VCS was inseparably tied to and reflected the history of the region and the entire nation.

The 1950′s-1970′s witnessed some of the largest numbers in terms of choral membership (up to 100 singers) and some of the most exciting musical projects in the choirís long history. In addition to several professional-quality recordings that the group had put out during that period, VCS regularly teamed-up with such musical organizations as Vallejo Symphony Orchestra, Fairfield and Napa Choral Societies and Solano College Choir in performances across Solano, Alameda and Napa Counties. The 1970′s, in addition to being the decade of Disco Inferno and post-Watergate disillusionment, was also a time of great community spirit and civic pride. During those years VCS regularly performed in Vallejoís Independence Day Parades, receiving numerous Cultural Achievement Awards and Letters of Appreciations from the City of Vallejo.

Throughout the 1980′s-1990′s and into the early years of the new millennium, VCS continues to play a vital role in musical life of the Solano County, attracting new singers from as far as Vacaville, Berkeley and Castro Valley. One of the most memorable events in the choirís recent history was performance of L.v. Beethovenís Mass in C Major in Fairfield and Vacaville with the Solano Community Symphony during the 2004 Christmas Season. With the groupís membership growing steadily during the past several seasons and performances in front of the capacity filled halls, the future of VCS is brimming with promise and excitement in anticipation of the choirís quickly approaching Centennial Anniversary!

The Musical Director/Conductor of the Vallejo Choral Society since the summer of 2012 is Andrew Brown, succeeding Cyril Deaconoff.

Source: Vallejo Choral Society Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (November 2013)

Recordings of Bach Cantatas & Other Vocal Works




Cyril Deaconoff


BWV 245 [Video]

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Vallejo Choral Society (Official Website)


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