In August 2005, Chanticleer teamed with the Sonoma County Choral Society — now Sonoma Bach — at Sonoma State University to offer the first Chanticleer in Sonoma Choral Workshop. After six highly successful summers, the seventh workshop is planned for June 2016 under a new partnership with Sonoma State University. It is aimed at adult amateur choral singers who love ensemble singing and want to improve their skills. The 12 members of Chanticleer participate in coaching sessions, workshops, and demonstrations of rehearsal techniques, as well as more informal interactions with workshop participants.
Education does not end with school, and choral singing is extremely popular among adults across the nation. According to a national study by Chorus America, nearly 28.5 million adults and children regularly perform in choral groups in the U. S., more than any other art form. One or more adults in 15.6 percent of households in America performed in at least one chorus, and of those, almost 45 percent performed with more than one chorus. The study also estimates the number of choruses in the U.S. to be 250,000.
The Chanticleer in Sonoma Workshop closes with a concert for family and friends featuring workshop participants singing with the members of Chanticleer. This year's concert will be June 19, 2016 from 4:00pm-5:30pm in the newly-opened world-class Schroeder Hall in the Green Music Center.