Choral Performance

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.

Your Mentors

David Xiques

David Xiques

David 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. Email:

Reuben  Zellman

Reuben Zellman

Reuben Zellman was born and raised in California, and has studied and worked in Santiago de Chile, Jerusalem, New York and Los Angeles. He received his B.A. in Linguistics from UC Berkeley, M.M. in choral conducting from San Francisco State University, and M.A. in Hebrew Literature and Rabbinical Ordination at Hebrew Union College. He trained in chazzanut (Jewish modal theory and performance practice) under Cantors Jackie Mendelssohn and David Bentley. Reuben is the Director of Music at Congregation Beth El in Berkeley. His research interests include Jewish music of the Baroque and early Classical periods. An educator in the transgender community, Reuben speaks and has been published extensively on gender identity and religion. Email: