We are a sixty-member Community Chorus from Truckee and surrounding areas, ranging in ages from 14 to 84. Founded in 2002 by Chris Nelson (1935-2012), our repertoire includes music of all kinds - popular, sacred, classical, jazz and Broadway. Each year we present a concert series in December, joined by the Truckee Christmastime Strings, to ring in the holiday season. In April we celebrate spring by performing a concert series that includes a major work, accompanied by Diablo Valley College Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Owen Lee.
We practice Monday nights during the fall and spring semesters at Sierra College Truckee Campus, and our program is supported by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Our artistic director and conductor Susan Horst provides inspirational and fun rehearsals focusing on performance quality, vocal tone, rhythm, diction, and breathing. We also hold sectionals before class to focus on different voice parts.
TTCC supports Truckee Tahoe Youth Chorus and musical arts in the local schools, awards scholarships to high school seniors pursuing music higher education, and performs by invitation at memorials, masses, and other special occasions.
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The mission of the Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus is to perform a wide range of quality choral works that will appeal to the diverse community members of the Truckee and North Lake Tahoe region. TTCC is dedicated to building, nurturing and promoting a strong choral musical arts program in the schools and within the community.
The Chorus, originally conceived in 2002 as a project of the Sierra Mountainaires Men’s Chorus, was designed to engage adults and students in the performance of a broad spectrum of fine choral music. Chris Nelson (1935-2012) spearheaded the founding of the organization to incorporate the talents and desires of the Truckee Tahoe community. He initially enlisted the support of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation and Sierra College Truckee Campus, currently headed by Dean Kimberly Bateman, and both have continued to support TTCC. The Chorus is also supported by its Members, community businesses including Mountain Hardware, Cottonwood, Cabonas, and Plumas Bank; service organizations such as Odd Fellows and Soroptimist (assisting Youth Chorus); Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows; Truckee Airport District; and individuals such as Ernie Grossman, Courtney Murrell, Pete Bansen, Johan Sotelo, and Doug & Wendy DeVore.
TTCC ORIGINAL PRODUCTIONS!
Missa Truckee. 2019 was an incredible year for TTCC. On August 15th the Chorus performed an original Mass at the Assumption Catholic Church in Truckee for its 150th Anniversary Celebration. The Mass was composed by Owen Lee of DVC and attended by community members and Church dignitaries. TTCC is grateful to Father Vincent Juan and Assumption Church for being a part of this special occasion.
THR. In May 2019 the Chorus performed an original musical production entitled The Truckee Historical Revue. It was the vision of our founder Chris Nelson. TTCC member David Wendell Nelson composed the music and narration chronicling the history of Truckee and surrounding areas - beginning with Native American days and culminating with the 1960s Olympics in Squaw Valley - and including stories and songs about the Gold Rush, railroad building, Boca Beer, personalities and legends, Chinese and Irish immigrants, the Donner party, and more. The production involved over 100 talented local and guest singers, dancers, and musicians, all in period attire, including TTCC, DVC Orchestra, The OK Chorale, Inner Rhythms Dancers, and local celebrity Richard Blair. McAvoy Layne narrated as Mark Twain and historic photos in a video presentation accompanied the show. In attendance were members of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada, the Poulsen Family (Squaw Valley’s First Family), Stephanie Cabona of Cabona’s Emporium founded by Dave Cabona in 1918, and Courtney Murrell, daughter of our founder Chris Nelson. The Revue received rave reviews from all who attended! TTCC is grateful to the community for their generous support for the production of this show.