The Valley of the Moon Chamber Ensemble (VOMCE) was conceived by the five "founding members" of the Ensemble (Brian Sebastian, Sheila Whitney, Shannon Howlett, Jerome Smith, and Greg Grabow) during an informal Christms party at Brian's home in 2006. Over the course of the following year, the concept grew and singers were added, rounding out the Ensemble with eight members - two on each part.
VOMCE gave its debut performance in December 2007, singing a Christmas concert at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art as a benefit for the museum. It was a smashing success. Since then, the group has evolved, increasing its membership, improving quality, and gaining notoriety in our community. With an emphasis on classical repertoire, VOMCE has performed many concerts, the proceeds going to local charities. Our preferred venue has been Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center.
VOMCE has also been honored to perform privately, including for San Francisco's prestigious Francisca Club, and for the Sonoma Valley Fund at Rick and Renee Dellar's wine cave in 2010; and at a wedding mass at St. Francis Solano Roman Catholic Church in 2011. In May 2012 we were privileged to perform original choral works by our accompanist emeritus John Burke at the retrospective concert celebrating his achievements, at Trinity Episcopal Church.
VOMCE's 13th official concert will be offered twice in the spring of 2013: on April 28 in Santa Rosa, and again on May 5 in Sonoma. All proceeds from the Sonoma concert will benefit the Sonoma Community Center.