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.
Mark Peterson, M.A, M.M, began playing the piano at age 6, and the violin at age 9. In high school, he studied composition privately with Dr. Daniel Robbins, composing in various styles–from Baroque inventions to serial compositions. After winning two Frederic Chopin piano awards, he attended California Lutheran College, winning the Amy Lee Arney Piano award. After earning a credential from CSU Northridge in English and Music, he began teaching English and Choral Music at the high school level, first at Bloomington High School, then at Whittier High School.
In 2000, he began working full time at Cypress College teaching music, and accompanying choirs and musical theater. Mark began working with Cantor Lance Tapper in 2003, accompanying Shabbat services on the organ at Beth Shalom in Bermuda Dunes. Since 2011, he has produced an interdenominational choir festival every Spring at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, composing the mass choir piece at each festival. In 2012, he completed his greatest work: A New Nation, a musical drama based upon the epic struggle between Jacob and Esau. It premiered in Texas in 2013.