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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!

Michael Shahani, music director and conductor
Brian Sennello, 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 in Cinnabar’s studio in preparation for our concert at the Elim Lutheran Church in Petaluma.

For more info, contact Jeannine Drew at (707) 338-2443 or
Or just arrive at 7:00 pm on the first rehearsal date (Tuesday 2/20/18) for a simple audition to establish vocal range and determine placement within the chorus.

Tuition: $150 (no one turned away for lack of funds)
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, February 20 – May 14, 2018, 7:15 – 9:45 pm at Cinnabar Theater
Dress rehearsal: Sat. May 19 11am (expect a full rehearsal)
Performance: Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 4pm
SPECIAL LOCATION: Elim Lutheran Church, Petaluma
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CINNAGALS Women’s Chorus
Cheryl Shafer Moore, music director
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 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 707-763-8920.

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Tuition: $140 (no one turned away for lack of funds). Returning singers: 10% discount for early enrollment – by January 1st.

Rehearsals: Wednesdays 1/17/18 through 4/4/18, 7:00 – 9:30pm in the Cinnabar Studio
Dress rehearsal: 4/6/18 TBA at Elim Lutheran Church, Petaluma
Performance: Sunday, April 8th at 4:00pm
SPECIAL LOCATION: Elim Lutheran Church, Petaluma
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Cinnabar Singers


The first half will be settings of II Samuel 18:33 “When David Heard…”  We’ll be doing one in Latin, two English Renaissance settings, one colonial American setting by Billings, and a monumental setting by Eric Whitacre.

Second half celebrates the great American composer, Aaron Copland.  Included are two choral pieces and two solos from The Tender Land, several selections from The Old American Songs for choir, plus some surprise bonuses for solo voice.

Concert Sun. May 20 at 4pm

Elim Lutheran Church, Petaluma

$10 for youth 18 and under
$15 for adults
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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.

Born and raised in Petaluma, Brian Sennello (accompanist) started piano at the age of seven and completed the MTAC Certificate of Merit program under Jean Shell in 1997. He continued his studies with Lois Brandwynne at UC Davis, graduating with a double major of mechanical engineering and piano performance. Since receiving his Master’s degree in systematic theology from the Graduate Theological Union in 2014, Brian has been active as a music director, pianist, organist and singer throughout the Sacramento and SF Bay Areas. His interests include harmonizing to renaissance motets, barbershop jingles, Broadway hits and car alarms. Brian currently sings with the Orpheus-West chamber chorus in Vacaville, CA.



CinnaGals Spring Concert
Paris in the Spring

Cinnabar’s spirited women’s chorus lift their voices in song and poetry, in tribute to the City of Light. Poems on the subject round out the program.

CinnaGals perform in a new location! Join us at Elim Lutheran Church – location and directions may be found below.

Sunday, April 8 at 4:00pm

Elim Lutheran Church, Petaluma

$10 for youth 18 and under
$15 for adults
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Music of American students of Nadia Boulanger:
Marion Bauer
John Duke
Cecil Effinger (with Nathan Garcia-Diaz,oboe)
Irving Fine

“Les Sirenes” by Nadia’s sister, Lili Boulanger. The first woman to win the top prize of the Prix de Rome. Died at the age of 25…
Jazz standards and more –
Irving Berlin: Paris Wakes up and smiles
Vernon Duke: April in Paris
Paul Durand: Mademoiselle de Paris
George Gershwin: Nice Work if you can get it (from An American in Paris)
Hubert Giraud: Sous le ciel de Paris
Cole Porter: I love Paris
Charles Trenet: Que reste-t-il de nos amours
And a few more pieces and poems to round out the show!

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.