Modesto Symphony Orchestra Chorus

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Formed in 2001, the Modesto Symphony Chorus is a regional ensemble of singers of all ages and experience who share a commitment to performing concerts of the highest artistic quality and enhancing the appreciation and enjoyment of choral music among members and audiences alike. Under the skillful and inspiring direction of Dr. Daniel R. Afonso, Jr., the MSO Chorus rehearses weekly and performs throughout the season with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra and also for additional community events.

Rehearsals and Calendar

 The Modesto Symphony Orchestra Chorus rehearsals are Monday evenings, 7:00–10:00, at Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto, beginning September 9, 2019.  Don't miss a note of the MSO Chorus this season as it performs with the Modesto Symphony Orchestra at the following concerts:

  • Holiday Pops -- full chorus
    Friday, December 6, and Saturday, December 7, 2019
    Gallo Center for the Arts

  • Holiday Candlelight Concert -- chamber choir only (by audition)
    Tuesday, December 17, 2019
    St. Stanislaus Catholic Church (Maze Boulevard)

  • Carmina Burana (Carl Orff)– full chorus
    Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2, 2020 
    Gallo Center for the Arts

Our 2019-2020 season calendar, including rehearsal schedule, is available here (pdf, 27Kb)


Are you interested in joining the Modesto Symphony Orchestra Chorus? Openings exist in all sections of the Chorus; tenors and basses especially are encouraged to audition.  Singers returning after a season's absence AND new members will be accepted for our December 2019 concerts through Monday, September 29, 2019, by pre-arranged audition with Dr. Daniel R. Afonso, Jr., our director.   Auditions will be held again in early January 2020 for those wishing to join us for next spring's concerts.   All auditions and rehearsals are held at Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 1600 Carver Road, Modesto.  If you need to audition, please guarantee a date and time by pre-scheduling through the MSO Chorus Manager, Burt Vasché, at or (209) 505-6156 (mobile and text). 

Prior to auditioning, please download and print the following two documents:

                        •           2019-2020 Audition Guidelines (pdf, 26 Kb)

                        •           2019-2020 Singer Audition Information Form (pdf, 42 Kb)



 Membership in the MSO Chorus requires ongoing commitment throughout the season. Consistent attendance and preparation at rehearsals is essential to performance quality, educational value, morale of ensemble and retention of membership.

Artistic Leadership

Dr. Daniel R. Afonso Jr., director
Burt Vasché, 


Mondays, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Trinity United Presbyterian Church
1600 Carver Road, Modesto

Upcoming MSO Performances