R. Daniel Earl, Director
Dan Earl has been the conductor of the Redwood Empire Sing-Along Messiah for the past 36 years. He was a singer in the first Sing-Along before becoming conductor. Mr. Earl taught in the public schools for 39 years, including at Santa Rosa High School. Mr. Earl also was an Adjunct teacher at Santa Rosa Junior College, where he conducted the Sonoma County Chorus, the forerunner of the Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus. He has had seven choirs perform for the American Choral Directors Association Western and National Conferences and has toured Internationally with a number of his choirs.
Nicholas Xenelis is director of the Santa
Rosa Chamber Orchestra, formerly Baroque Sinfonia. A veteran teacher, he has been an advocate and active voice for music in the schools, and remains involved in Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State programs. He is an Instructor of Clarinet and Strings and has conducted the Chamber Winds class at SSU. Mr. Xenelis plays regularly in various chamber and orchestral groups, jazz ensembles, and quartets and is principal clarinet in the American Philharmonic as well as a regular substitute clarinet for the Santa Rosa Symphony.
The 2017 featured soloists were:
Soprano - Wendy Wheelwright
Mezzo - Liesel Hall
Tenor- Mark Kratz
Bass - Gene Wright
The Santa Rosa Junior College Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, Jody Benecke, Director