Our History

Winifred Baker Chorale

Winifred Baker leading the Chorale in the 1958-1959 Academic year.

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The Dominican Chorale has presented concerts to Bay Area audiences for over 50 years. Winifred Baker, who served on the music faculty at Dominican for nearly half a century, founded the Chorale bearing her name in 1958. A few years later, she added the San Francisco Civic Chorale to her conducting duties. For 40 years, the combined Chorales and their Chamber Choruses performed hundreds of concerts in the Bay Area, many times premiering new compositions. The Chorale also appeared twice in New York’s Carnegie Hall and made six singing tours to the British Isles, France and Ireland.


History of the Dominican Chorale

In 2000, the Winifred Baker Chorale combined with the Dominican University Chorus under the direction of Dr. Craig Singleton, Professor of Music at Dominican. This student and community chorus has thrived under his expert leadership. While continuing to perform music of the great choral masters, such as Beethoven, Brahms, Handel and Vivaldi, the Chorale also performs the music of contemporary composers like Morten Lauridsen, Arvo Pärt and John Rutter. Audiences in Marin County, San Francisco, and Petaluma have enjoyed the Chorale’s many concerts. Since the Fall 2016 season, the chorale has been directed by Francisco Ortiz.