San Francisco Symphony Chorus

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San Francisco Symphony Chorus
Also known as the SFS Chorus
Origin San Francisco, California, United States
Genres Choralclassicalopera
Occupation(s) Choir
Instruments 226 voices
Years active 1972-present
Labels SFS Media
Associated acts San Francisco Symphony
Members Music Director
Michael Tilson Thomas
Chorus Director
Ragnar Bohlin
Past members Founder
Seiji Ozawa

The San Francisco Symphony Chorus is the resident chorus of the San Francisco Symphony (SFS).


Established in 1972 at the request of then-music director Seiji Ozawa, the chorus first performed in the 1973-74 Symphony season. The SFS Chorus today has 156 members and gives a minimum of 26 performances each season at Davies Symphony Hall. They have performed with some of the world's greatest conductors such as Michael Tilson Thomas, Kurt Masur, Neville Marriner, Roger Norrington, and many others.


During its first decade, Louis Magor served as the SFS Chorus director. Magor was succeeded in 1982 by the director of the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Margaret Hillis. In 1983, Hillis was succeeded by Vance George who served as chorus director for twenty-three years until his retirement in 2006.[1] The current director is Ragnar Bohlin, who came to the SFS Chorus from Stockholm, Sweden where he was awarded with the prestigious Johannes Norrby medalion in 2006, for expanding the horizon of the Swedish choral community.[2]


Emmy Award, Outstanding Classical Music-Dance Program

Grammy Award for Best Classical Album

Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance

Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Classical

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  1. ^ Joshua Kosman (2004-08-19). "S.F. Symphony Chorus director to leave at end of '05-06 season". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2006-12-26. 
  2. ^ Joshua Kosman (2006-11-15). "Symphony names chorus director". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2006-12-26. 

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