Orphenians Rock San Francisco

Orphenians have been in San Francisco just a day. But already Staples’ elite a cappella choir has spread their music far and wide.

As their plane landed, the high school students gave thanks to the Jet Blue crew in song.

Yesterday — the day before beginning intensive rehearsals for the prestigious Chanticleer Youth Choral Festival — the students and director Luke Rosenberg toured the area.

There — atop Twin Peaks — they looked down on the city.

Once again, they sang.

(Hat tip: Betsy Pollak)

12 responses to “Orphenians Rock San Francisco

  1. Robin Scarella

    Mostt of my adult life was spent in Westport and hearing the Orphenians was one of the best parts of life in Westport. So proud of their accomplishments. Both of my children were in choir and chorus and loved their experience. Bravo to all!!!!!

  2. Roberta Tager


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  3. Susan Hopkins


  4. After the winter we’ve had, if I had a chance to experience spectacular weather like that right now I would feel like bursting out in song too.

  5. Barbara Sherburne '67

    Are you sure it isn’t Dominus Vobiscum? Who is the composer? I can’t find it on the Internet.

    • It is “Dominus Vobiscum” composed by Sydney Guillaume. I’m trying to get the youtube title fixed 😉

      • Martin Gitlin

        You are correct. It is Dominus Vobiscum by Guillaume. I have corrected it on my YouTube Channel. Sorry for the fat finger typo. One of the hazard of “field journalism” (credit to Jeff Hauser for that one).

  6. Sharon Paulsen

    Bravo! I want to hear more! More please!

    I miss the choir days at Staples when seeing stuff like this. These kids will never forget these experiences!

  7. Bravo, Staples Orphenians! And at an elevation of nearly 900′ Twin Peaks Blvd. is a road needing little additional encouragement to ‘Rise to meet you,’ but hopefully you sang Parting Blessing up there too anyway.
    Looking forward to Monday night at Davies!

  8. Abby peterson

    So awesome!!! Inspired. Brings back the memories of the intense quality we experienced as Orphs under the direction of GW. Best of luck musicians!!

  9. Barbara E Bachelder

    Barbara Dixon Bachelder Class of 74. So happy to see this. I’ve lived here in SF since 85. Small world!

    • Martin Gitlin

      Barbara, come see the Orphenians perform at Davies Symphony Hall. They will be performing this piece at a free concert starting tomorrow (Monday) morning at 9:30 and the festival choir, all 300 voices strong is performing at 8:00 pm tomorrow.