Who We Are

The San Clemente Choral Society was created to provide an educational setting in South Orange County for musicians and those who simply love to sing with a passion to study and enjoy choral music. Our mixed voice chorus ranges in age from 18 to 80 with members from several South Orange County cities. SCCS was founded in the fall of 2004 as a not-for-profit corporation designed specifically to promote choral music throughout South Orange County. Since our inception we have provided singing opportunities for our members in concerts primarily in the cities of San Clemente, Dana Point and San Juan Capistrano. Our members rehearse each week and perform in concerts bringing our audiences a rich variety of choral music ranging from classical to contemporary pieces performed with professional accompanists and soloists.

Artistic Director, Mark Peterson

Mark Peterson, San Clemente Choral Society Artistic Director

Mark Peterson, M.A., M.M., began his training on piano at the age of 6, violin at the age of 9, and music composition at the age of 14. After winning two Chopin Piano Awards, he became the primary piano accompanist at California Lutheran at the age 17. From 1980-82, he toured the world as a keyboardist for Maverick International, playing primarily for "The Gwen Brisco Show." After completing his teaching credential for English and Choral Music in 1988, he taught English and Choral Music at the high school level. In 1994, he completed a M.A in philosophy (aesthetics) from CSU Long Beach, focusing on the philosophy of music, particularly musical expressiveness. In 2004, he completed an M.M. in music (composition) from CSU Long Beach. He has studied choral conducting from Dr. James Vail (USC), Dr. Thomas Miyake (CSU Los Angeles) and Dr. Lynn Bielefelt (CSU Long Beach).

Meanwhile, Mr. Peterson worked full time at Cypress College (2000-18) as a staff accompanist, teacher, and vocal coach. Mark also spends much of his time composing and arranging. To date, his greatest work is the fully orchestrated musical drama "A New Nation," which was performed professionally five times. Since his retirement from Cypress College last year, he focuses on directing music at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Beth Shalom Synagogue, and the San Clemente Choral Society.