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Cinnabar Choruses

At Cinnabar, we believe music is part of a well-rounded life – so we provide opportunities for everyone to participate. Do you like to sing? Join one of our community choirs!

CINNAGALS Women’s Chorus
Cheryl Shafer Moore, Music Director, Conductor
Alla Artemova, Accompanist

Cinnabar’s CinnaGals welcomes any woman (age 16 and over) who loves to sing in beautiful harmony and enjoys the company of others who do, too. We rehearse Wednesday evenings (7:15-9:45) in the Cinnabar Studio – in a congenial, nonjudgmental environment conducive to making joyful music together – and perform in the cozy environs of Petaluma’s Elim Lutheran Church. Previous choral experience useful but not required. To register, or for more information, call Elly at 707-981-7646.

Two semesters
Fall Rehearsals August 15 – October 24, 2018 7:00-9:30pm at Cinnabar Studio
Elim Lutheran rehearsal, Friday 10/26 (7-9:30)
No rehearsal on Weds 10/31 – HAPPY HALLOWEEN
Final rehearsal, Thursday 11/1 (7-9:30) location TBA
Performance Friday, November 2, 2018 at 7:00pm

Spring Rehearsals Jan 9 – March 27, 2019 (Dress Rehearsal 3/29)
Performance Saturday March 30, 2019 at 7pm.
Tuition: $140 (no one turned away for lack of funds).
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE LOCATION: Elim Lutheran Church, Petaluma 
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Michael Shahani, Music Director and Conductor
Abbie Gabrielson, Accompanist

Our mixed voice chorus welcomes anyone 16 or older who shares the joy of singing in glorious harmony with like-minded folk. Join our next session: you’ll rehearse on Tuesday evenings (7:15-9:45) in Cinnabar’s studio in preparation for our concerts at the Elim Lutheran Church in Petaluma.

Two semesters
Fall Rehearsals Sept 18 – Dec 11, 2018
Dress Rehearsal Friday Dec 14, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Performance Dec 16, 2018 at 3:00pm

Spring Rehearsals Feb 5 – Apr 30, 2019 (Dress Rehearsal TBA)
Performance May 5, 2019 at 3:00pm

For more info, contact Jeannine Drew at (707) 338-2443 or
Or just arrive at 7:00 pm on the first rehearsal date for a simple audition to establish vocal range and determine placement within the chorus.

Tuition: $160 (no one turned away for lack of funds).
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE LOCATION: Elim Lutheran Church, Petaluma 
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Cinnabar Singers

Michael Shahani, Conductor; Abbie Gabrielsson, Accompanist
Sunday, December 16, 2018 at 3:00pm
Join our mixed chorus for a concert that includes Bach’s Magnificat and more, plus fresh settings of holiday favorites, more Bach and of course, a holiday singalong!

Elim Lutheran Church, Petaluma


Michael Shahani (music director and conductor) received a BM from the University of Nebraska in voice and piano, an MA in conducting from the University of California, and a DMA in orchestral conducting from the Hartt School of Music. He has conducted more than 350 performances of more than 65 different operas and musicals, as well as several orchestras in dozens of concerts. He is a faculty member at City College of San Francisco, and has conducted most of the City Summer Opera and CCSF productions since 1989. He founded the Hesperian Ensemble Orchestra and the Moraga Chamber Orchestra in the San Francisco area. He has been musical director for Verismo Opera, VOICES/SF Opera Ensemble, Theater Concord, San Francisco Recreation Symphony, Lyric Theatre of San Jose, and Contra Costa Musical Theater. He has been a guest conductor with the Varna Philharmonic, Pleven Philharmonic, and Rousse Philharmonic orchestras in Bulgaria, the China Film Philharmonic in Beijing, the Orquestra Sinfonica de Londrina in Brazil, and the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra. His teachers include Murry Sidlin, Gunther Schuller, and Harold Farberman.


Fall Concert – Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

Friday, November 2, 2018 at 7pm


Elim Lutheran Church, Petaluma

Cinnagals present an evening of fantasy and enchantment, choral-style. Repertoire includes selections from Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Wagner’s Flying Dutchman, as well as musical settings from Alice in Wonderland and songs by Ravenscroft. The Gals round out the concert with some standards: Over the Rainbow, Mister Sandman, and Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered.

Cheryl Shafer Moore (music director and conductor) spent several years teaching a variety of performing arts classes – including piano, voice, choir, drama, musical theater, and dance – at the high school and college levels. As a performer, she has appeared as a soloist in a variety of concert works including Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, and Bach’s St. John Passion. Favorite stage roles include Prince Orlofski in Die Fledermaus, the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, and the Sorceress in Dido and Aeneas. In addition, Cheryl also performs with Vajra Voices, a women’s vocal ensemble specializing in he music of Hildegard von Bingen. She holds a BA in Music from SSU, an MM in Vocal Performance from the Univeristy of New Mexico, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in early music performance practice from Case Western Reserve University. In her spare time, she enjoys making Medieval and Renaissance costumes.