Thursday, November 13, 2014


W. A. Mozart

Solemn Vespers, K. 339
Vespere solennes de Confessore
Rebecca Tomlinson, Soprano
Abir Naim, Alto
Rhonert Pascual, Tenor
Monty Joham, Bass

Christmas Anthems
Traditional Carol Sing-Along

Chorale, soloists and orchestra, directed by Ernest Siva

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 2:30 pm
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
1320 W. Williams St.
Banning, CA

Adults $15, Seniors and Students $10

Join us for the Mozart's Solemn Vespers, based on Psalms and Mary's Song (Magnificat). In addition there will be anthems by two local composers, Bill Bell and Rhonert Pascual, lots of Christmas music and the traditional Carol Sing-along! We have refreshments too. This concert is guaranteed to put you in the Christmas Spirit!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Calling all Singers!

The Pass Chorale begins rehearsals its Christmas Concert on June 24, 2014. The major work, with orchestra and soloists will be the Solemn Vespers by W.A. Mozart. This is a beautiful work and new to the Chorale. We will also be learning several wonderful Christmas anthems. Anyone with singing experience is invited to join us.

Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings, 7 – 8:30 pm 
San Manuel Gathering Hall at Dorothy Ramon Learning Center
127 N. San Gorgonio Ave. 

Keep cool this summer by singing Christmas music with the Pass Chorale!

For further information contact Pass Chorale Director, Ernest Siva, 951-849-4676 or

Monday, April 28, 2014

Pass Chorale Spring Concert


By G. F. Handel
Parts 2 and 3
The Passion and Easter Portions

Stacy Fraser, Soprano
Abir Naim, Alto
John Russell,Tenor
Monty Joham, Bass

Pass Chorale and Orchestra
Directed by Ernest Siva

Sunday May 18, 2014, 2:30 pm
Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
1320 W. Williams St.
Banning, CA
Adults: $15, Students and Seniors: $10

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Tony Studor, RIP

The Pass Chorale is sad to report that we lost one of our basses to a stroke. Tony Studor was a long time member of the Pass Chorale. He sang with the group under its first director, Martha Abbott. He had a beautiful bass voice, and he loved choral music. He always said that the music energized him so much that, after rehearsals, he would sometimes have trouble falling asleep.

Tony's late wife, Darlene, was also a Chorale member and used to drive Tony to rehearsals. Tony could not drive because he suffered from epilepsy after being hit in the head. After Darlene died, we (Ernest and June) drove Tony. We got to hear lots of his amazing stories.

Tony was originally from Michigan where his family had a farm. When they moved to Banning they bought 10 acres and started a farm. Tony had many stories of that farm, raising rabbits, driving the tractor, and fun with his siblings.

Tony went to Banning High where he played Alto Saxophone in the band and sang in the chorus. He was one of the few boys that had a car, something that the girls liked! He served in the Army in during the Korean war, where his job was driving officers around. In the evenings he played his Sax in the officers club.

Tony said he was never without work, and he never had to apply for a job. He recapped tires and did yard work. He was so proud of his own yard and always told us when he was pruning or feeding his roses. He had fruit trees and other flowers too. Neighbors and friends asked him to prune their trees and help with their yards too.

Tony died of a stroke. The Chorale and friends from the choir at Our Savior's Lutheran Church sang at his funeral at Life Point Church, where he as a long-time member. Tony was dressed in his Pass Chorale Tux with the red bow tie that he always wore at our Christmas concert. We sang a shape-note hymn, The Promised Land, that Tony had sung with us many times. It was difficult, but fitting tribute to our friend. We miss his beautiful bass voice, his stories, and his presence among us. Sing well in the heavenly choirs, Tony!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Pass Chorale Begins Rehearsals for Spring Concert

The Pass Chorale resumes rehearsals Tuesday, January 21, 2014. The spring concert will feature Messiah, Parts 2 and 3. Part 1 (the Christmas portion) was presented in the Chorale's Christmas concert.

Singers interested can join us at 7 pm, Tuesday, January 21, the Gathering Hall at Dorothy Ramon Learning Center, 127 N. San Gorgonio Ave., Banning.

For further info, call Director Ernest Siva, 951-849-4676.