Choral Performance

Your Mentors

David XiquesDavid Xiques, professor of Music; teaches ear training/musicianship, directs University Chorus; fifteen years in K–12 choral, junior/high school band, general music classes; Kodály specialist, teaches at the Kodály Summer Certification Program at New York University; professional singer, tenor, with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, where he serves as assistant chorus director; author of "Solfege and Sonority: Teaching Music Reading in the Choral Classroom" with Oxford University Press; Choral arrangements include Bashana Haba'a and Chants of Faiths with Alliance Music Publications

Professor Xiques is a member of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and performs regularly at Davies Symphony Hall with Michael Tilson Thomas and many other prominent conductors. View his bio on the San Francisco Symphony website.


Nikolas NackleyBaritone/educator, Nikolas Nackley, has been acclaimed by the Boston Globe for his ability to “continually impress with his beautiful voice and acting.” Equally regarded for his concert and dramatic work, Mr. Nackley’s career has spanned the American, European, and Asian continents and he has been featured in such venues as Boston’s Symphony Hall, Los Angeles’s Disney Concert Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, and Davies Symphony Hall. He holds a M.M. from the New England Conservatory of Music and is a champion for the concept of healthy voice, healthy spirit!

Choral ensembles

The University Chorus, Treble Singers: “The Higher Ups” and Chamber Singers provide abundant performance opportunities for students interested in choral singing at SF State. View the Ensembles section of our website for a description of each.