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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

Women of all musical abilities come together to explore lighter choral repertoire spanning 500 years of glorious music: including the close harmony of the big band era, traditional folk song arrangements, and medieval repertoire. This is a community choir open to all who want to sing in harmony – however, previous choral experience and familiarity with sheet music will be helpful. There is an informal placement hearing at the first rehearsal: checking range, pitch matching, and singing a simple, familiar tune (like Happy Birthday). Learn more about the CinnaGals and the music we’ll be singing here.
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

Spring Rehearsals Jan 9 – March 27, 2019 (Dress Rehearsal 3/29)
Performance Saturday March 30, 2019 at 4pm.
Tuition: $140 (no one turned away for lack of funds).
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE LOCATION: Elim Lutheran Church, Petaluma 
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Fall Semester has passed Rehearsals were August 15 – October 24, 2018 7:00-9:30pm at Cinnabar Studio
Performance was Friday, November 2, 2018 at 7:00pm
Thank you for joining us!

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

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

Fall Semester has passed Rehearsals were Sept 18 – Dec 11, 2018
Performance was Dec 16, 2018 at 3:00pm
Thank you for joining us!

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

Spring Concert: SPRING ROMANCE
Michael Shahani, Conductor; Abbie Gabrielson, Accompanist
Sunday, May 5th at 3:00pm

Elim Lutheran Church, Petaluma


Join our mixed chorus for a concert that includes an eclectic array of music in romance languages, including works by Faure, Ravel, Poulenc and and Debussy, as well as Argentine composer Ariel Ramirez’ stunning Misa Criollo. How better to celebrate the season of rebirth and renewal than to lift our voices in romantic song! The complete program:
Victoria…Jesu, dulcis memoria
Anon…Con amores la mi madre
Ariel Rameriz…Misa Criolla
Manuel de Zumaya…Resuenen los Clarinos
Ravel…Trois beaux oiseaux du Paridis and Nicolette
Lauridsen…La Rose Complete and Dirait-on

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.

Abbie Gabrielson (accompanist) is a classical pianist and piano teacher living and working in Sonoma County. She is delighted to be the new accompanist for the Cinnabar Singers. In addition to working as a free-lance accompanist, Abbie teaches piano lessons in Healdsburg and Sebastopol. She performs regularly with cellist Dr. Sonja Myklebust as Duo West. She received her B. A. from Lewis & Clark College in 2010 where she studied with Dr. Orla McDonagh. She received her M. M. in piano performance from University of Maryland in 2017 where she studied with Dr. Mayron Tsong.


Spring Concert – Blue Skies

Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 4pm


Elim Lutheran Church, Petaluma

CinnaGals present an evening dedicated to the Blue Skies of spring. Irving Berlin classics, including I Got the Sun in the Mornin’, Isn’t This a Lovely Day and of course, Blue Skies will be presented in delightful arrangements for female chorus. The concert is rounded off with Ralph Vaughn Williams’ Folk Songs of the Four Seasons: Early in the spring, The lark in the morning and May song; and P Carey’s Cantigas de Amigo. How better to celebrate the season of rebirth and renewal than to lift our voices in glorious harmony!
Learn more about the CinnaGals and the music we’ll be singing here.

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.