Resources for "Sing Out, Davies!"

Welcome! We're delighted you'll be participating in the Sing Out, Davies! choral workshop on January 10, 2016, led by San Francisco Symphony Chorus Director Emeritus Vance George.

Everything you need to know about the workshop is on this page. If you have questions, please contact Lolly Lewis, Community of Music Makers Program Administrator, at or (415) 503-5344.



Download your music!


     Sure on this shining night   

                     At the River                     


ALTO 1: please become familiar with both Alto 1 and Alto 2 parts for Somewhere. We will balance the voices at the workshop.






Workshop Details and Logistics

  • Admission is by ticket only. All workshop participants should have a PARTICIPANT ticket. If you invited guests to see you play at Davies Symphony Hall, they will not need a ticket. See below for more information for Observers. For any questions about tickets or registration, please call the Symphony Box Office: (415) 864-6000 (Hours: Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, noon-6pm).

  • PARTICIPANTS: Plan to arrive at the Davies Symphony Hall entrance on Grove Street between Van Ness and Franklin, between 6:00 and 6:15pm. Doors will open shortly after 6:00pm. All participants will need to be seated on stage before the workshop begins promptly at 6:30pm.
  • During the course of the workshop, participants will be escorted to the various Davies Symphony Hall rehearsal spaces for sectionals, led by Chorus Mentors. Entry to the stage area is via a short staircase. Wheelchair-accessible entry is available; if you need alternative access without stairs, please contact Community of Music Makers to alert us, and plan to arrive a little early and ask for assistance.
  • Paid parking may be available at the Performing Arts Garage (1/2 block from Davies Symphony Hall).
  • Participants will be provided with sheet music at the workshop.
  • Dress is casual; please wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and refrain from using scented products (hair spray, perfume, etc.).
  • There will be a break during the workshop, and workshop participants will be provided with coffee, tea, and cookies backstage. Restrooms are available during the break period, and participants may user their cell phones during this time.

  • OBSERVERS: Your seats will be in the Loge section. Note that this is a working session and you may not be able to hear the instructions given onstage. Please enter through the Symphony Box Office on Grove Street between Van Ness and Franklin. Observers will be free to come and go (quietly) as they wish. Observers may exit to the lobby to use their cell phones. Restrooms will be available in the Loge lobby.
  • Observers are welcome to take non-flash photographs from the Loge, using silent hand-held cameras (no tripods please!). Please note that audio recording and videotaping is not allowed.
  • Observers are not allowed on or backstage, or in the orchestra section of Davies Symphony Hall. We ask that observers respect the educational environment of the workshop, and engage in quiet observation throughout the evening.
  • During the last hour of the workshop we will feature a run-through of the workshop music. Observers may choose to attend the run-through only. Plan to arrive by about 8:45 as the run-through will begin at approximately 9:00pm.




Listen to the Repertoire


Barber: Sure on this Shining Night

From Samuel Barber Choral Music, performed by Choir of Ormond College, Douglas Lawrence, conductor; courtesy of Naxos of America.

Copland: At the River

From America the Golden Dream, performed by St. John's Episcopal Cathedral Choir, Donald Pearson, conductor; courtesy of Naxos of America.

Bernstein (arr. Edgerton): Somewhere

Performed by Matthew Curtis.





Additional Rehearsal Tools



Practice Tracks for Individual Parts

Professionally recorded rehearsal tracks by Matthew Curtis


practice tracks





More about the Music: Suggested Reading & Listening


Barber: Sure on this Shining Night

Recordings: Craig Hella Johnson with Conspirare (Harmonia Mundi) | Douglas Lawrence conducting the Choir of Ormond College (Naxos)

Reading: Samuel Barber: The Composer and His Music, by Barbara Heyman (Oxford)  |  Samuel Barber Remembered: A Centenary Tribute, by Peter Dickinson (Eastman Studies in Music, University of Rochester Press) 

Copland: At the River

Recordings: Michael Tilson Thomas leading the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with the Utah Symphony (Sony Classical/CBS Masterworks) | Jon Washburn conducting the Vancouver Chamber Choir in an arrangement for treble voices and piano (CBC Records) | Donald Pearson with the St. John’s Cathedral Choir (Denver) (Delos—available as a digital download from Amazon and iTunes)

Reading: Aaron Copland: The Life and Work of an Uncommon Man, by Howard Pollack (Henry Holt)  |    The Selected Correspondence of Aaron Copland, edited by Elizabeth B. Crist and Wayne Shirley (Yale University Press)  |  Aaron Copland: A Reader, edited by Richard Kostelanetz (Routledge)

DVD:  Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony explore Copland and the American Sound in an episode of Keeping Score, available from SFS Media, and online at

Bernstein: Somewhere

Recordings: The arrangement performed today is not readily available on disc. For a recording of the complete music to West Side Story, Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the San Francisco Symphony (SFS Media)

Reading: Leonard Bernstein, by Humphrey Burton (Doubleday)  |  Leonard Bernstein: A Life, by Merle Secrest (Bloomsbury) | Working with Bernstein, by Jack Gottlieb (Amadeus)  |  Bernstein: A Biography, by Joan Peyser (Beech Tree Books/William Morrow)  |  Something’s Coming, Something Good: West Side Story and the American Imagination, by Misha Berson (Applause Theatre and Cinema Books)  |  West Side Story: Cultural Perspectives on an American Musical, edited by Elizabeth A. Wells (Scarecrow Press)