Opera Chorus

Who is the Pensacola Opera Chorus?

The Opera Chorus is a group of enthusiastic volunteer performers, who join us for mainstage productions, community events, and concert productions throughout the season. We have members of the Chorus who have sung in over fifty productions, as well as new members joining us each year. The Opera Chorus is a vital part of every mainstage production, serving as a large group of singing actors, interacting with the principal artists, and promoting our performances throughout the community.

About the Opera Chorus

Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel (2023)

In addition to their work on our mainstage productions, the Opera Chorus also participates in a series of community engagement and volunteer opportunities throughout the year. They regularly serve as holiday carolers in December, as well as appearing alongside the Artists in Residence at “Pours & Encores” events in bars and breweries around town.

Our Opera Chorus is made up of a wide variety of people, who come to us from all around the area and from all walks of life. These are people who love to sing and are great team players. While we do add new members to our ranks every year, we also have a few dedicated Opera Chorus members who have performed in over fifty productions!

The role of the chorus in any opera production is one of the utmost importance. These singers take part in many scenes, interacting with the principal characters and setting the tone for the entire cast. Many of opera’s most beloved titles feature large ensemble sections, such as the “Anvil Chorus” in Il trovatore or the Brindisi in La traviata. In addition to their vocal forces, the chorus also serves an important role in creating action on stage. For example, Pensacola Opera Chorus members recently created a stunning river effect in our 2019 production of Florencia in the Amazon, even when they weren’t singing!

Florencia in the Amazon (2019)

2023-24 Opera Chorus


Mia Carisse*^
Gabrielle Carley*^
Jerusha Grandberry*^
Mary Holway*^
Hannah Mills*
Jessica Reeves^
Sylvia Rockwell*^
Brooke Ryan*
Anne-Marie Schoonover*^
Toccara Scott^
Payton Tanner*^
Rachael Thacker*
Ting Wang^


Chelsea Alberda*^
Amber Cobley*^
Kiara Colon*^
Ashley Decker^
Elise Gordon*^
Katie Hilliard*^
Suzette Leger*
Abigail Mallory*^
Maureen McNeill*^
Jade Perry*
Leigh Proctor*^
Bethany Roberts*


Brent Badon*^
Scott Haring^
Mark Palmer^
Alex Rigsby*^
Brian Swan*^
Greg Watson*^
Michael Wyatt*^


Carlo Canapa*
Curtis Cole*^
Joseph Decker*^
Bernardo Medeiros+*
Kalani Yen*^

+ = 2023-24 Jan Miller Studio Artist
* = Lucia di Lammermoor
^ = Die Fledermaus

Sing with us!

2023-24 Mainstage Productions

Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti)
Performances January 26 & 28, 2024
Rehearsals begin September 5, 2023

Die Fledermaus (Strauss II)
Performances March 15 & 17, 2024
Rehearsals begin January 30, 2024

Audition Information

Auditions for our 41st mainstage season productions will be held on Tuesday, August 29, 2023 at the Opera Center (map). These auditions will be for new chorus members only, or any chorus members who would like to return after taking a few seasons away.

Audition Requirements
For your audition, be prepared to sing one art song, aria, or musical theatre song in any language (no more than five minutes in length). A pianist will be provided. Please bring clear, legible sheet music inside a three-ring binder, or an accompaniment track on a phone/CD/laptop.

For more details about the Opera Chorus, you can also reach out to Cody Martin, Music Director, at cody@pensacolaopera.com.


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