August 1st, 2008


Robert Hazelrigg at our concert at Jacuzzi Winery on Oct. 23, 2011

Robert Hazelrigg – Director  The California Redwood Chorale was founded in Sonoma County in the winter of 2006 by Gerry Schultz. Singers were gathered from 7 Bay Area choirs to form a mixed voice chorale of 37 singers under the direction of Daniel Canosa. Daniel brought his high level of musicianship and talent to the CRC. This exciting group studied a varied repertoire for 6 months. In the summer of 2007, they traveled to Hungary, to the lovely Lake Balaton region. The Chorale gave 5 concerts in various lake-front towns. At each concert, they were joined by one or two Hungarian choirs from that area. In October of 2007, the California Redwood Chorale gave a fabulous concert in Santa Rosa, Ca. called “Home From Hungary”. The big crowd enjoyed the music and the visuals, rewarding the Chorale with a standing ovation. During the winter and spring of 2008, the Chorale prepared for their next adventure. They were accepted into the prestigious Canadian festival in British Columbia called the International Choral Kathaumixw. This huge event took place in July 2008. There were 1000 singers from around the world. Next, the CRC began to prepare their next project. The chorale prepared Kodaly’s exhilarating “Missa Brevis”, written in 1944. For this work, the group expanded to 44 singers. Concerts of this passionate music were given in Santa Rosa, California in October of 2009, and in Marin County, California on March 6, 2010. In the summer of 2010, the Chorale traveled to Hungary…a return journey…taking the Missa Brevis home to where it was born. The singers joined voices with the MONTEVERDI CHOIR OF BUDAPEST on Friday, June 25, 2010 in BUDAPEST, HUNGARY to sing Kodaly’s “Missa Brevis” under the direction of Daniel Canosa. The concert was held in the Mathias Church, Hungary’s most beloved church. On Wednesday, June 30, 2010, we gave a joint concert of the Kodaly mass in the cathedral of VESZPREM, HUNGARY  with the VESZPREM CHOIR.

In October 2010, the CRC began a new chapter. Robert Hazelrigg has joined CRC as our new conductor. Robert brings vast musical talent and experience to our group. He has his degree in music in piano performance. Robert’s piano skills are highlighted in his work with many Sonoma County musical organizations. He is also a skilled conductor. Robert teaches piano, voice, composition and conducting in his studio in Santa Rosa, Ca.

CRC was invited to sing in the annual Redwood Empire Choral Festival in Santa Rosa. We participated in that great event in March 2011 under the leadership of Robert Hazelrigg.

June of 2011 is when the California Redwood Chorale Sings Italian! concerts took place. This jubilant repertoire entertained our audiences. We featured Bonnie Brooks, mezzo and Paul Murray, baritone as well as the 4-piece Gravenstein Mandolin Ensemble.

On Oct. 21 and 23 of 2011, CRC mixed American music in with Italian music for 2 wonderful concerts. CRC is preparing for our big trip to Verona, Italy where we will enter the competition of a large international choral festival.

On February 25 and 26, 2012, at the Glaser Center in Santa Rosa, Ca., CRC  sang the World Premiere of “Unfinished Life” by Randall Keith Horton..a musical tribute to the late Kate Wolf. Bonnie Brooks was the featured soloist. This event was attended by over 500 of Kate’s family and fans.

In April of 2012,the California Redwood Chorale under the direction of Robert Hazelrigg, flew to Italy to participate in the International Verona Choral Festival. 20 international choirs came to the event. After a week of festival excitement in Verona, CRC went on to Florence for our second week of music. We gave a beautiful concert in the Santa Maria dei’Ricci Church. The concert was a highlight of our Italian trip.

In January 2014, CRC traveled to beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico for a week of singing and adventures. We gave four performances. Our joint concert at the state-of-the-art Conservatory of Music with Ars Vocalis was very special. This group is conducted by the well-known William Rivera. We also gave a joint concert later in the week with the Alumni Chorus of the University of Puerto Rico conducted by Juan Carlos Vega. One unique venue during the week was at the spectacular Museum of Art, featuring art of Puerto Rico. This elegant museum asked us to perform in the central atrium backed by stunning stained glass walls. Our final performance was at the First Union Church of San Juan, a large and lively church with a trumpet-playing pastor and a choir of fantastic voices. During our week in lovely Puerto Rico, we had many wonderful and exciting adventures from hiking in the rainforest to kayaking the the dark in a bio-luminescent bay to a cooking class to an excursion to Bacardi Rum Factory! This was one of our best trips!

In June of 2015, CRC spent 2 glorious weeks in Austria and Hungary. In Vienna, we were joined by the Monteverdi Chorus of Budapest. The two choirs performed John Rutter’s “Requiem” in Vienna’s largest cathedral…St. Stephens. After 4 days in Vienna, we took a boat down the Danube to beautiful Budapest. Once again, these two choirs joined to sing Rutter’s “Requiem” in the gorgeous Mathias Church overlooking the city and the Danube. The church was filled to capacity. Our second week in Hungary was spent at our beloved Lake Balaton. Here, we had reunions with local choirs we had performed with in past years. This was the most special trip CRC ever experienced.

In 2016, in the fall, CRC  celebrated our 10th Anniversary by giving 2 concerts and then traveling to Santa Fe, New Mexico to perform and enjoy the beauty.

June 2018 – off we went to Tuscany for the most delightful trip! Our 3 concerts were fantastic and the audiences were standing room only and very enthusiastic!

Music Director is Robert Hazelrigg and Accompanist is John Hazelrigg.

Auditions for good singers who can read music and who have choral experience are always open.

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For more information,  email Executive Director, Gerry Schultz at gerryschultz3@gmail.com

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