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Fall Festival Of Choirs Presented At Delta College
The Stockton Youth Chorale will be one of the featured choirs at Deltas Fall Festival of Choirs. Photo Contributed

The San Joaquin Delta College Choirs present In One Accord: Fall Festival of Choirs. This choral concert of diverse and eclectic music will feature the Delta Concert Choir, Delta Vocal Jazz, and Delta Singers along with special guests the Stockton Master Chorale and the Stockton Youth Chorale. Dr. Bruce Southard heads up the Delta choral program and the Master Chorale. The Stockton Youth Chorale is under the direction of Ms. Joan Calonico.

Tickets for the Wednesday, Oct. 19 show are available at the Delta College Box Office (209) 954-5110 or

The evening’s concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and will include selections by Randall Thompson, Ola Gjeilo, Leonard Bernstein, Beatles and others. As a highlight, the Delta Singers will be joined by the Stockton Master Chorale and young soloist, Ian Clark, for a performance of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms. This suite of psalm settings incorporates lively rhythms and beautiful arcing melodies. Commissioned by the Very Rev. Walter Hussey, Dean of Chichester Cathedral in Sussex, Bernstein’s suite has become a standard in the choral repertoire.

The Stockton Youth Chorale is under the direction of Joan Calonico. Mrs. Calonico graduated from the University of Pacific Conservatory of Music in 1981 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education. Since that time she has been a General Music and Choral Specialist in Lincoln Unified School District. She served the district as Mentor Teacher and Music Teacher Specialist, coordinating the K-8 music program district-wide. Mrs. Calonico is currently principal of Don Riggio School where Visual and Performing Arts are an integral part of every student’s education. This is her 14th year directing the Stockton Youth Chorale. Making music with kids is her favorite thing to do.

The Delta College choirs and the Stockton Master Chorale are under the direction of Dr. Bruce Southard. Southard is in his third year as Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Delta College and in his second year as Artistic Director for the Stockton Chorale.


“I am very proud of the work my students have been doing this semester and am looking forward to a wonderful first concert,” said Southard.