News and Events

Sold Out Performance at the Gallo Center for the Arts!

"A Very Choral Christmas" was a great show for the community and they loved it! and so did we! We sang The Man with the Bag, Feliz Navidad, Oh Christmas Tree and Sing We Noel and the final song Together at Christmas we sang together with the Downey and Ripon High Schools.

Our 12 Days of Christmas Tea was a success!

Everyone had a good time and we sounded good!

Looking forward to our next shows. Thurs. Dec. 6th at 6pm at the Stansislaus County Courthouse for the annual Tree Lighting Vigil to honor homicide victims, then Sat. Dec. 15th at 7:30pm at the Gallo Center for the Arts for "A Very Choral Christmas." More Info

Welcome to Our New Interim Director, Sally Massen!


We are excited to welcome Sally Massen as our interim director! This wonderful lady (in the royal blue shirt) will be directing us through the end of the year. She brings a wealth of experience and skill to the job. 

Sally's energy and enthusiasm make our Monday rehearsals a joy! She will be guiding us through the holiday tea and our show at the Gallo. She has jumped right in. We are already hard at work (and play) on our holiday repertoire. 



Director Search Begins!

River Lights chorus has embarked on a search for our new director.  We are actively looking for candidates who love the four-part a cappella art form and who are dedicated to working with us in pursuit of musical excellence.

On the Red Carpet

What a great time we had at our Red Carpet celebration in Reno this May! As usual the fabulous River Lights members showed how creative we can be when it comes to dressing up.  The star studded evening was graced by the presence of Veronica Lake, two of the three musketeers with a lovely serving wench, Estelle Getty, Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner, Vanna White, Elvira, the Queen of Hearts and many more! The decorating committee helped us all feel like stars!


Farewell to Shirley Kout

Shirley Kout, our beloved director for thirteen years, has retired. Shirley guided our chorus through some thrilling accomplishments and each member of the River Lights team has grown in our musical skills under Shirley’s tutelage.
We wish her joy and harmony in this new chapter of her life.

Sold Out Performance!

A very successful concert was presented at our rehearsal hall, Congregation Beth Shalom (CBS), in Modesto. The tickets were sold out and so many attended that it was standing room only!


We presented "A Capsule of Irving Berlin," highlighting his accomplishments and career as a major contributor to the genre of American Music. Rabbi Susan Leider narrated and sang some of Berlin's well known numbers, accompanied by pianist, Dan Warschauer, as Irving Berlin. Chapter Four Quartet also sang one of Berlin's ballads.


The chorus shared the stage with our local Men's Chorus, The Golden Valley Chorus, and Velocity Quartet. A rousing finale included two 8-part songs, performed by the combined men and women's choruses.


We enjoyed a delicious supper of chili, cornbread, salad, and desserts at the afterglow, prepared by women from CBS at the afterglow. There was a sing-a-long following the supper and another performance by Velocity Quartet.

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