Sonoma County Choral Society

Our People

Bob Worth

Robert Worth is Professor of Music and Choral Director at Sonoma State University, where he has taught since 1983. At SSU, he directs two choruses: The Sonoma County Bach Choir and the SSU Chamber Singers. Bob is also the founding music director of the Sonoma County Choral Society, a university-community partnership which fosters the performance and appreciation of choral music in the northern Bay Area.

In addition to his work in the field of choral music, Worth has a specialty in Kodály musicianship training, and for ten years ran the ear training program at SSU. He is a composer and arranger of both choral music and jazz, and his vocal jazz arrangements have been performed by many groups throughout California and beyond. He has been deeply involved in the Green Music Center project since its inception, serving as consultant to the architects on such issues as acoustics, choral performance facilities and the Cassin pipe organ.

Worth received his BA in music at SSU in 1980, and earned his MA in musicology at UC Berkeley. He has received numerous community and university honors, including SSU’s Outstanding Professor Award for 1996-97 and Distinguished Alumni Award for 2007-08. After completing numerous collaborative projects with Jeffrey Kahane and the Santa Rosa Symphony, he was named to the position of choral director at the Santa Rosa Symphony in 2002.

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Melanie Dodson-Bolin

Melanie Dodson is a Sonoma County native and graduate of Sonoma State University’s Hutchin’s School of Liberal Studies and Department of Education. Throughout her education and professional life she has participated in choral ensembles, including all four of the SCCS choirs. Music, education, business organization and community involvement have been recurring themes in her work as a Child Care Center Director, Elementary School Teacher and currently as the Assistant Director of the Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County (4Cs)–a non-profit agency working to improve the quality and availability of child care in Sonoma County.

After eight years as a member of the Sonoma County Bach Society, Melanie readily accepted the opportunity to be SCCS President in September of 2003. She is committed to working to provide choral educational opportunities and quality performances to Sonoma County audiences and students of all ages.

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