Gallery of Chorus History

A Brief History of the Cabrillo Chorus

The Cabrillo Chorus was formed when Cabrillo College opened its doors in Watsonville High School in 1961. The first director was Ralph Kent, followed by Theodore Toews, Allen Illich, Gene Manners, and Antony Antolini. In the early years, the chorus performed in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands and on the East Coast of the United States.

In December 1988, Tony Antonlini led the chorus in a tour of the Soviet Union, performing Sergei Rachmaninoff's Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom. The San Jose Public Television Station, KTEH, accompanied us and produced Rediscovering Rachmaninoff, a one-hour documentary, which has been shown all over the world.

In the fall of 1991, Cheryl Anderson stepped upon the podium, bringing her bright personality, brilliant musicianship, and a vast choral repertoire.

The Gallery highlights a partial listing of works we have performed and some of the great memories, moments and achievements of Cabrillo Symphonic/Cantata Chorus.

Handel’s Messiah, Fall 2009
Ireland, 2009
Carnegie Hall, New York, 2007
Beethoven, 2005
Dvorak's Stabat Mater
ACDA Convention, Nevada
Germany, 2003, 1994