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Welcome to the Peninsula Musical Arts Association

We are the Peninsula Musical Arts Association, formed to support community-based musical groups on the mid-peninsula. Based in Foster City, California, the non profit corporation is entirely run by volunteers who are participants in its two performing groups. In cooperation with the Foster City Parks and Recreation Department, we strive to bring to the community an appreciation of a broad range of musical literature.



December 6 and 7, 2014 | Alleluia

Join us for “Alleluia”!!

Peninsula music lovers will have an opportunity to hear the Foster City Community Chorus and Heart & Soul perform their 24th annual winter concert, “Alleluia” with harp and piano at 3pm on Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7. The concerts will be performed at the recently renovated and acoustically magnificent Transfiguration Episcopal Church, 3900 Alameda de las Pulgas in San Mateo. A harp pre-concert will start at 2:45 each day (see map.)

This festive family-friendly concert by the combined choruses of the Peninsula Musical Arts Association will feature familiar and traditional holiday music celebrating the winter season of Hanukkah and Yule. It will feature Rutter’s “Magnificat”, Thompson’s “Alleluia”, Bach’s “A Gentle Alleluia” and Gold’s “From A Distance” made popular by Bette Midler. “Dai Diddle Dai” by David Eddleman and “S’Vivon” by Betty Bertaux are Hanukkah favorites. Ten popular songs by Jay Althouse, Philip Kern, Joseph Martin and Mark Hayes complete the concert. Conductor Paul Hurst will also lead the audience in a carol sing along and the audience-included finale, Handel’s “Hallelujah!” chorus, concluding with a visit from Santa Claus and cookie reception in the Parish Hall.

The Foster City Community Chorus and Heart & Soul are cosponsored by the Foster City Parks and Recreation Department and the Peninsula Musical Arts Association. General admission tickets age 18 and older are $20, those under 18 are free.



Memorial Day Weekend - 2015

PMAA is pleased to announce that we have been invited to Washington D.C. on Memorial Day weekend, 2015 to sing in the National Memorial Day Choral Festival. On Sunday, May 24, 2014 we will sing in the National Memorial Day Choral Performance in the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. On Monday, May 25, we will sing at the Festival Choral Performance at the National Archives Building for the Opening Ceremonies of the National Memorial Day Parade on historic Constitution Avenue. This is an exciting event that all are looking forward to. Many family and friends are going along. You can come too. Please see our Washington D.C. page for more information.



Come Sing with Us!

The Foster City Community Chorus invites all singers, regardless of experience, to come and sing with us. Rehearsals for the Spring 2014 season begin on Tuesday, January 7 . Singers will learn music for the spring concert. Registration closes January 21. You can attend the first three rehearsals without obligation, which gives you a chance to check us out, meet our fabulous director, Paul Hurst, and mingle with our singers.

No audition is required. You don't even need to read music, though it helps, and you must be able to match a pitch. Some of our singers have extensive musical backgrounds; others have never sung anywhere but in the shower before joining our group. We offer music education, friendly people, and a chance to spend one evening a week doing something for yourself.

Rehearsals are 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm at Audubon School, 841 Gull Drive, Foster City (see map). Please arrive at least 15 minutes early the first night. For more information, please call 650-268-8345 or send an e-mail to

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“December Light” Concert- December 14 & 15, 2013

The Peninsula Musical Arts Association’s celebration of the 2013 holiday season was at Transfiguration Episcopal Church on December 14 and 15. The audience enjoyed our “December Light” concert performances of timeless works of Vivaldi’s “Requiem” and six songs of John Rutter, woven together with traditional holiday pieces to form a colorful quilt of music to warm and brighten the holiday spirit.

The audience then ended the concert with the traditional sing-along of Handel’s “Hallalujah Chorus" and holiday carols as Santa navigated the room to delight the guests and spread his own holiday cheer. After the concerts, we offered refreshments at the Reception in the Parish Hall.

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