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Sept 11, 18, 25, 2021 | 11 a.m. Pacific

Singing Saturdays
Mahler & Mozart
with Ragnar Bohlin

Mahler 8 meets Mozart Great C minor Mass

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About the Event

Singing Saturdays is on hiatus and we will let you know when it returns.


What is Singing Saturdays?

Each session is a 75-minute-long exploration of techniques and concepts that will make selected passages from great choral works more beautiful and musical. Although they are not choral rehearsals as such, they will include extended interludes of singing together.

Date and Time

Three Saturdays, September 11, 18, 25, 2021 | 11 a.m. Pacific
All sessions are at 11 a.m. PT, as Ragnar will be joining us from Sweden.

Who is this for?

All singers will benefit from healthy warm-ups, and all will learn about the choral masterworks in our sessions. And we always have fun!

How should I prepare?

It’s best if you download your music (below) and review the parts. We encourage singers to become familiar with all the voices, not just your own usual part. If you are using your own score, please make sure to add measure numbers and any other markings that correspond to the downloaded scores so you stay in sync with us.

Is there a cost?

Tickets for individual sessions are $25, and a series ticket costs $60 for three sessions.

How do I attend?

Register at Eventbrite using the registration button. Once registered, you’ll receive an email with a link to your personal online access page.

About the Mentor

As Chorus Director for the San Francisco Symphony since 2007, Ragnar Bohlin has prepared the SFS Chorus for some of the world’s greatest conductors, including Michael Tilson Thomas, Herbert Blomstedt, Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Alan Gilbert. He has also conducted the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus in such pieces as Orff’s Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Mass in B Minor, and Poulenc’s Figure Humaine. His outstanding work has been recognized with a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance for Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony.

Bohlin has been invited to appear as guest conductor with orchestras and choirs worldwide. He has made many guest appearances with the Swedish Radio Choir, recording two CDs with them and touring the US to great critical acclaim. He has been guest conductor with Chanticleer, the BBC Singers, Eric Ericson Chamber Choir, Royal Philharmonic Choir, Opera Chorus of Stockholm and Formosa Singers of Taiwan, among many others. Orchestral conducting appearances have been with symphonies in São Paulo, Edmonton, Helsingborg, Stavanger Madrid, Shanghai and Malmö.

In 2014 he founded the San Francisco-based 24-voice professional chamber choir Cappella SF, with whom he has made four professional recordings and premiered over ten new choral works.

Bohlin teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, has taught at the Royal Academy in Stockholm, and was a 2008 visiting professor at Indiana University. He has been awarded the prestigious Johannes Norrby Award for expanding the frontiers of Swedish choral music-making and Chorus America’s Michael Korn Award for the Development of the Professional Choral Art. Conducting studies were with the renowned choir director Eric Ericson, piano with Peter Feuchtwanger in London and voice with the great Swedish tenor Nicolai Gedda. He has also appeared as an oratorio tenor.

Workshop Materials

Download your music

What we’ll be working on:

Sept 11: Mozart Kyrie.  Mahler opening.
Sept 18: Mozart Gratias, Qui tollis.  Mahler, Chorus mysticus.
Sept 25: Mozart Osanna.  Mahler, repeat of both segments.

Mahler – Symphony no. 8

Opening (to p. 13)

Mahler – Symphony no. 8

Chorus mysticus

Mozart – Mass in C minor


Mozart – Mass in C minor


Mozart – Mass in C minor

Qui tollis

Mozart – Mass in C minor