The Peninsula Singers was formed in the fall of 2004 to fill a void left by the cancellation of the Point Loma High School choir. A small group of dedicated singers started the notes flowing because they refused to let the student choir die. By the end of that first season, 35 likeminded choristers were gathering to sing every Monday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Many of those first members were high school students.
The choir was so successful, it was reinstated as a class back into the high school the following year. But the Peninsula Singers continued to expand. The choir membership now stands at 75, with new singers joining each season.
Since its formation, the Peninsula Singers has performed in venues both large and small. They've caroled holiday tunes at local banks such as Point Loma Community and Peninsula banks, both supporting partners of the choir. They've performed at the Organ Pavilion during Winter Nights and on the Midway for over 200 military veterans. Both alone and together with the Southwestern College Choir, the Peninsula Singers has sung to packed audiences at the newly renovated North Chapel in Liberty Station.
From caroling at Balboa Park to crooning love songs as couples renewed their wedding vows in a ceremony at Liberty Station, the Peninsula Singers have entertained an estimated 10,000 listeners. And next year they'll be joining five choruses from various parts of the United States to perform at Carnegie Hall.
Who are the singers in this Point Loma choir? They are business owners, Ocean Beach Foundation and Merchants Association members, Rotary and Lion's Club members, Point Loma High School students and even an occasional library patron, drawn in by the singing as they pass by the Community Room on the way to return a library book. They are mothers and daughters, husbands and wives and friends, ranging in age from 18 to over 80. They are people who love to sing.
But the glue that helps bind the Peninsula Singers is its director, Sarah Suhonan. Her positive attitude and gentle guidance create a stress-free atmosphere, encouraging choir members to enjoy the music, the singing and the camaraderie.
The Peninsula Singers’ final concert for this season will be on Friday, June 5. Check their website, www.peninsulasingerssandiego.org, for more information.
The choir takes a break during the summer, then starts back up right after Labor Day. If you love to sing, stop by on a Monday evening and add your voice to the harmony.