50th Anniversary Dinner & Silent Auction

To kick off our 50th Season, we're inviting friends, Chorale alumni, and community leaders to join us for a very special 50th Anniversary Dinner & Silent Auction, to be held Saturday, October 14, 2017, from 5:00 pm, at Taylor Hall in Claremont.

Such a wonderful evening awaits! 

We'll get to enjoy renewing acquaintances and making new connections while we browse the tempting offers of the Silent Auction.  We'll sit down to a delicious buffet dinner, catered by Gourmet Gourmet, with a cash bar.  The photos up there on the screen lead us to reminiscing, and imagining our next 50 years.  And in our photo booth here we can save memories of today with new friends and old.

Now don't forget the music, of course there will be music!  Wait, have you won the bid on your auction item? Congratulations!  Then, stay for the highlight of the evening, a revue of the Chorale's early years, by one of our own, Stuart Oskamp, who has sung with us only 49 of the 50 years.

Just Weeks Left!

... in our Composition Contest!

With just weeks left until the deadline, we have received 98 submissions to the Claremont Chorale’s 2017 Composition Contest!  In addition to entries from the USA, we have entries from Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, England (United Kingdom), Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Namibia, New Zealand, Philippines, Poland, Serbia, and Switzerland. 

The guidelines are for music written for an SATB community chorus with occasional divisi and either a cappella or piano accompaniment with text preferred in English.  Entries must be received before September 1.  Entries that meet the published criteria will be forwarded to a three-judge panel in early September, and they anticipate selecting a winning composition by December 31, 2017. 

Judging will be “blind” --- meaning that the composer information is deleted from the scores to avoid any possible influence the composer’s reputation might have.  Judges will not receive any ancillary information the composers may have provided, such as performance notes/suggestions or recordings or background information about the composition;  the music is to stand on its own. 

The winning composer will receive a $1,000 prize, and the composition will be performed as part of the Anniversary Celebration Concert, 19 May 2018.


Campaign Results

One goal of our 50-day campaign in Spring 2017 was to bring in new supporters to help fund our 50th Season.  

We received a total of $4,750 in donations and sponsor grants.  Contributions came from 82 individual donors, and 4 Challenge sponsors who supported the effort. 

We are grateful for each and every person who helps us along in bringing choral music to our communities!  50 Years -- Sing On!


Campaign Launches Today

Fifty years of choral singing!  Does the time really fly by? Hear the perspectives of a few of our current participants who have sung with us since nearly the beginning!

Today we launch a 50-day financial campaign, soliciting $50 donations to expand our audience, and funding the extra-special-ness of our celebratory 50th Season next year. Plans already underway include a composition competition, a fall social (silent auction and musical retrospective), grand concerts in spring 2018.   

Our goal is 125 contributions of $50 each.  Will you please share our message with a friend? Thanks!



On our way to celebrating 50 years as a choir, we've begun this blog as a way to collect memories and lead our imaginations from 50 into what's next.

SING ON! was selected as our 50th season's theme --- from over 300 entries!  A panel of judges from from outside the Chorale were instrumental in narrowing the field to several finalists, with the winner chosen by popular vote of Chorale members. Congratulations to Ward Elliott, who sings bass in the Chorale, for submitting the winning entry.  Ward will receive a certificate for dinner for two at -- where else? --- 50Fifty, the Asian fusion restaurant in Claremont.

Thank you to all who participated in the naming contest, by submitting an entry or voting! And a heartfelt thanks especially to David Archibald who shepherded the contest from conception to completion.