Dr. Anna Hamre, Director
Comprised of about 65 auditioned singers, the Fresno State Concert Choir maintains an active performing schedule on and off campus. It provided the singers for the Star Wars in Concert traveling show at the Save Mart Center in June 2010. The ensemble has premiered numerous works, including Kevin Memley’s “Magnificat” and Misuzu McManus’s "Three Japanese Folksongs" (recorded on the Santa Barbara Press Octavos series). In addition to performing throughout the Central Valley, the group appears frequently with the University Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, and the regional professional Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra. Members of the Concert Choir made an appearance in China in cultural events leading up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and they performed in Vienna in 2009, Italy in 2011 and England in 2012. While most members are music majors, the ensemble includes excellent singers from across the campus. The group annually hosts a choral festival (attracting about 70 choirs) that has featured conducting luminaries Rodney Eichenberger, Eph Ehly, Jing Ling-Tam, and Z. Randall Stroope. It also organized the first California Real Men Sing Festival, an event that annually fills the concert hall while inspiring similar spin-off events around the state.
The legendary Carol Channing performing with the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra and Concert Choir students.
Central-Valley High School singers perform under the directon of Dave Hensley at recent choral event.