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, Dr. Laura Harrison

Dr. Laura Harrison, San Clemente Choral Society Artistic Director

Dr. Laura Harrison, mezzo-soprano, is originally from Vancouver, B.C., Canada. She completed her Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at USC. She has been a member of the Pacific Chorale and John Alexander Singers since 2001 and a member of "de Angelis Vocal Ensemble" since 2006. She was the soloist for Osvaldo Golijov's "Oceana" in the Pacific Chorale performance in 2007. In 2011, she was a soloist in the John Alexander Singers staged performance of David Lang's Pulitzer-winning piece "The Little Match Girl Passion."

Dr. Harrison is on the faculty of Mount San Antonio College and Cerritos College and is also a professional singer in the Los Angeles area. She receives much joy from participation in community concerts and has a reputation in Orange County as a Classical Lyric Mezzo Soprano that specializes in Early Music (Bach, Handel, etc.). Laura has sung regularly in a Bach Concert series in the City of Orange under the direction of Bill Heide.

Dr. Harrison is far from idle in her career. She has increased her private vocal studios (and has a wait list) where she teaches vocal technique, classical voice, jazz voice, improvisation, music theory, aural skills, and whatever else the student requires. She currently teaches in the cities of Upland and Walnut, CA.

Accompanist, Mark Peterson

San Clemente Choral Society Accompanist Mark Peterson

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.