The Calistoga Art Center welcomes the enthusiasm and vibrancy of Jennifer Yoo and Annie Orr to launch Calistoga’s very own chorus. Their mission statement is;
‘To provide the community with a group in which to explore and partake in the joy of music and singing, and to explore other cultures through song.’
All are welcome to join.
There will be music to take home for practice, we will have short music theory lessons for those who need it and section leaders to help out.
Rehearsals will (mostly) be on Sundays 1:30pm - 3:45pm beginning on Sunday September 8th.
First public concert will be Sunday December 15th at 1:00pm
$10/month which goes towards music purchase and space.
A little about Jennifer,
Music has always been a huge part of my life. I use music as a coping mechanism as well as a means of expressing myself since I am not very good at pontificating my thoughts aloud. I started playing piano in second grade and fell in love. I feel that we become one unit when I am on the piano bench and have spent many joyous and trying times there setting a lot of my poetry to music.
My Bachelor in Arts degree is in English (writing emphasis) with a minor in music because I just took a bunch of classes and ended up with enough units for a minor plus some more. After graduating, I spent time in mostly Vienna for almost four months where I realized that I could no longer deny my connection with music and considered grad school for music. I ended up cutting my visit to Vienna (I had planned to stay there for a year) short so I could pursue graduate school for music in the states. I took the few classes that I was short of a major at a community college and applied to one program figuring that if I got in then great but I didn't think that it was totally necessary for me to go to grad school. I ended up being accepted to the MM in Music Composition, History and Theory program at Westminster Choir College in NJ. I completed a year in a half there but went on leave to try to cope with some issues that were needing my attention and never made it back. It was a hard decision but the right one and I am happy with where I am now.
Recently, I have been honored to have a couple of my pieces premiered at Walden school (in 2017 and 2019) and that has really sparked my desire to write music and possibly to perform again as well but it has been a while.
Singing in a choir has always been a big part of my life. I love the vulnerability it takes from each member of the group in order to create this masterpiece that we made together. It's sometimes difficult for me as an introvert because of my own insecurities but I cannot deny the healing properties of singing and music and the necessity of it in my life.
I hope that the Calistoga Chorus can provide a sanctuary for us where we can feel safe enough to be vulnerable to each other and in turn to create a beautiful and harmonious family that enjoys and freely shares this gift called music.
A little about Annie,
I have always loved music and began singing at a very young age. My mother likes to joke I began my singing career when I was only 2 months old because my brother held me on stage for my hometowns very first Christmas Caroling concert. I sang with that group until the director retired and the group was disbanded nineteen years later.
I began violin lessons in the fall of 2003. After falling in love with the instrument I decided to pursue a future in music and began my journey towards that end.
I studied violin and voice at the Santa Rosa Junior College where I was given many leadership opportunities and discovered my love for teaching. I realized nothing made me happier than sharing the joy and passion I have for music with others, so I decided to pursue a career in teaching.
I graduated from the Santa Rosa Junior College in 2017 with an associate degree in violin and vocal performance. I transferred to Sonoma State University in the fall of 2017 and graduated with a bachelor of music in choral education in May of 2019.