Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy New Year

Our 2016 Christmas Concert was an amazing success, with our first-ever standing room only audience! How good it was to see extra chairs being added to the back of the church. The Bill Bell cantata, The Other Wise Man, was much loved by our singers and the audience too! Phillip Marcizewski's A Child is Born was a joy to learn and to sing! Thanks to these two local composers for their wonderful music!

Another highlight was a song dedicated to the memory of Dr. Charles Hirt and his USC Chamber Singers. Each year at the Christmas Convocation they would close the program with an English Street Cry song, Won't You Buy my Sweet Blooming Lavender, arranged by Max Krone, one time head of the USC School of Music and founder of Idyllwild Arts. The chorale found an arrangement of the song in print! It features a soloist backed up by the chorale. Soprano soloist, Penny Quinn came down the aisle of the church carrying a basket of lavender, dressed in a Dickens-like cape. As she sang she handed out lavender sprigs to the audience.

The carol sing-along was enhanced when chorale members filled the aisles to sing with the audience. The final Silent Night was an amazing experience with chorale and audience singing, and orchestra playing. The room was totally filled with beautiful sound!

But now, we move on to rehearsals for the Spring Concert, scheduled for May 21! The major work will be the Mozart Requiem. Several of us have sung this before and love it. Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, January 24, 7:00 pm at San Manuel Gathering Hall at Dorothy Ramon Learning Center,
127 N. San Gorgonio Ave., Banning. We invite new singers to join us and learn this wonderful work.

We will also be learning lighter music, like the Fly-Away Medly by Mark Hayes and patriotic music to celebrate Armed Forces Day.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Pass Chorale Christmas Concert

The Pass Chorale " Celebration of Christmas 2016," will feature a Cantata by Banning composer and fiddler, Bill Bell. The Other Wise Man is the story of a 4th wise man that was scheduled to meet up with the other three, but his journey takes unexpected turns. The Cantata features chorus, orchestra, soloists and narration.

The Chorale will also present, "Unto Us a Child is Born," an original anthem for chorus and orchestra composed by Cherry Valley composer and guitarist, Phillip Marciszewski.

 There will be some Christmas anthems and our traditional Carol Sing-Along as well!

Please join us for this exciting concert

Sunday, December 11, 2016, 2:30 pm
Our Savior's Lutheran Chruch
1320 W. Williams St.

Admission:  Adults $15; Students and Seniors, $10

Further info 951-849-4676 or

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Calling All Singers!

The Pass Chorale will start rehearsals for the Christmas Concert on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Yes, cool off during the hot summer by learning cool Christmas music!

We will be learning a brand new cantata by Banning composer and fiddler, Bill Bell. "The Other Wise Man" tells the story of a 4th Magi who planned to meet up with the other three to search for the baby Jesus. His journey doesn't work out as planned. There will be beautiful music for soloists, chorus and orchestra, as well as narration.

In addition, we will learn several beautiful Christmas anthems, How Unto Bethlehem, arranged by Alice Parker and Robert Shaw, a William Billings carol, A Virgin Unspotted, A Spanish carol, A La Nanita Nana arranged by Ernest Siva, a Scottish carol arranged by Theron Kirk, Baloo Lammy, and more!

Please join us if you have singing experience! For further info call Director Ernest at 951-849-4676, or email,

Tuesday, June 21, 7:00 pm
San Manuel Gathering Hall at Dorothy Ramon Learning Center
127 N. San Gorgonio Ave.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Pass Chorale Spring Concert - Schubert Mass No. 5

The Pass Chorale Spring Concert, scheduled for May 15, will feature the Mass No. 5 in A flat Major, by Franz Schubert. This mass is for soloists, chorus, and orchestra. Our soloists are Penny Quinn, soprano, Lynn Ivey, alto, Rhonert Pascual, tenor, and Monty Joham, bass.

Also on the program is the premier performance of Make a Joyful Noise by Cherry Valley resident, Phillip Marciszewski. It features alto soloist, Lynn Ivey, chorus and orchestra.
There will also be patriotic music in honor of Armed Forces Day.

And for all former campers out there, some campfire rounds that you may know!

Sunday, May 15, 2016, 2:30 pm
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
1320 W. Williams St.

Admission: Adults $15; Students and Seniors $10

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Rehearsals for Spring Concert Begin on January 26

Calling all singers! Rehearsals for the Pass Chorale Spring Concert begin on January 26th, 7:00 pm in the Gathering Hall at Dorothy Ramon Learning Center.
The major work we will be performing is Schubert's Mass No. 5 in A flat Major. This work is new to us and should be wonderful to learn.

There will be other pieces too, including some patriotic music since our concert is always near Armed Forces Day.

All singers are invited!

7:00 pm, January 26, 2016
Gathering Hall at Dorothy Ramon Learning Center
127 N. San Gorgonio Ave.

For further information email or call Director Ernest at 951-849-4676.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Christmas Concert - December 13

The Pass Chorale Christmas Concert will feature the Bach Magnificat with soloists, Penny Quinn, Lynn Ivey, Abir Naim, Tyler Johnson, and Rhonert Pascual, Chorus, and Orchestra!
The Magnificat is Mary's song and is very beautiful! We will be adding the interpolations that Bach wrote especially for the Christmas season.

In addition, we will perform several lovely Christmas anthems. We are especially glad to premier another work, Star of Wonder, by Banning's own Bill Bell.

Hodie Christus Natus est (Today Christ is Born).….J. Sweelinck
Nativity Carol…………………………………………….….John Rutter
Alfred Burt Carols             All on a Christmas Morning
Ah, Bleak and Chill the Wintry Wind
Christmas Cometh Caroling
Little Drummer Boy……….Katherine K. Davis, arr. Harry Simeone
One Small Lamb…………….Pamela Stewart, Michael Barrett
Jackie Aronowitz, Flute; Mike Shea, percussion
Star of Wonder…………………………………………....…Bill Bell
Lynn Ivey, Alto 

The concert ends with our traditional Carol Sing-Along. 

Join us

December 13, 2015 2:30 pm
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
1320 W. Williams St.
Banning, CA

Admission: Adults, $15; Seniors and Students, $10

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Pass Chorale Rehearsals begin June 23 - new singers welcome!

The Pass Chorale is taking a short break after a wonderful Spring Concert. We thank all who participated and all who attended!

On June 23 we begin rehearsals again. Yes, we will begin singing Christmas music in June! Our Concert is scheduled for December 13. We invite new singers who are interested to join us! Our Chorale has been growing and we are grateful.

Music for Christmas will feature a Cantata by Bill Bell (local Banning historian, fiddler, composer) as well as several Christmas anthems. Keep cool with the Pass Chorale this summer by singing Christmas music!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
San Manuel Gathering Hall at Dorothy Ramon Learning Center
127 N. San Gorgonio Ave.