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OC Choral Society Plans Big Move to Anaheim

By Michael Buss, 2013-11-25

Ask people in Anaheim if they’ve heard of the Orange County Choral Society and the likelihood is they’ll say No.

Left: Artistic Director Christopher Gravis

But all that’s about to change. For this very fine choral society, currently based out of Huntington Beach, has made the decision to move to Anaheim.

You may hear this amazing choir on December 15th, with its Holiday Sing-a-Long, in Center Street Promenade/Lemon  from 5pm-9pm.

The street will be buzzing with art, food and drinks. Join in singing familiar carols. Admission $10, $5 for senior and children under 10 come in free.

The Orange County Choral Society is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to performing concerts of the highest artistic caliber.  Comprised of musicians from across Southern California, OCCS brings together talented musicians to create lasting musical experiences in our community.  They educate audiences, provide meaningful outreach to students, and seek to offer consistent, brilliant performances of symphonic, chamber, and a cappella choral music.

At a recent meeting with Art Council officers Michael Buss and Carol Latham  it became clear that Anaheim provided great opportunities for OCCS, not least possible collaboration both with the Orange County Symphony but also the Anaheim Ballet. Dr. Tom Antal, president of the Board, imagined a day when all three arts groups together might perform Stravinski’s Rite of Spring.

California native Christopher Gravis is the artistic director and conductor of the Orange County Choral Society.  Now entering his fourth season, he has been the leading figure in transforming the Orange County Choral Society into an ensemble dedicated to the highest artistic achievement.  Under his artistic guidance, the Orange County Choral Society has honed their mission, established a brand of excellence, expanded their season, and performed numerous concerts to rave reviews.

High on the list of priorities will be to find a rehearsal base in the Anaheim. The OCCS is not deterred by the challenge of this.

A major feature of the OCCS mission is to provide professional singing coaching to local high school students. The choral society is already well connected with Dr. Liz Novack, superintendent of the AUHSD, so this looks like an exciting prospect.

Arts Council people will soon become familiar with the Director of Development, Kimberley Aronoff – a very determined young lady. Formerly from Washington, DC, Kimberly Aronoff is the Director of Development at the Orange County Choral Society. Kimberly has six years of experience in advancement and fundraising, four years of experience in non-profit organizations, and over 20 years in choral and vocal performance. Kimberly has a BA in Music, in Vocal Performance from American University and is completing a MFA in Screenwriting at Pepperdine University. 



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