August 21-23: Jubilate Orchestra Joins SF Urban Opera in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas

The Jubilate Orchestra

The Jubilate Orchestra performs with Volti in 2009

"Jubilate is not only a very fine artistic ensemble but a bargain to boot. To have specialists with such a great amount of experience behind them makes the amount of time saved on working out various interpretive nuances like the subtleties of phrasing and articulation enormous." Robert Geary, Music Director, San Francisco Choral SocietyPiedmont East Bay Children's ChoirVolti

The Jubilate Orchestra recently celebrated 20 years of service to the San Francisco Bay Area. Originally called the Magnificat Baroque Orchestra, the Jubilate Orchetsra was formed in 1989 to provide period instrument ensembles to accompany Bay Area choirs and other arts organizations. In this capacity, Jubilate has performed over 200 times with dozens of professional and community choirs, churches and opera companies. Jubilate has played public concerts, church services, and and for a variety of private engagements. Under the general direction of Magnificat's Artistic Director Warren Stewart since its inception, Jubilate has been managed since 2000 by violinist David Wilson.

From the beginning, the Jubilate Orchestra's primary focus was on music of the Baroque era, but over the past two decades the orchestra has performed a repertoire ranging from Gabrieli to Brahms and even collaborated in the premieres of works by contemporary California composers. The flexibility of Jubilate was perhaps best demonstrated when they performed at the opening celebration for Pandora Radio in 2007.

Developing a close collaborative relationship with our clients has always been a primary goal of Jubilate. In addition to engaging specialist musicians with a common stylistic approach, Jubilate offers clients consultation in performance practice and repertoire. For Magnificat's performance at the 1996 Berkeley Early Music Festival, Magnificat invited members of choirs that we had worked with to join us in our reconstruction of a Mass from the Dresden Court Chapel. Beginning in 2009, choirs working with Jubilate will receieve discount ticket offers for Magnificat concerts as well.

To discuss a project with Jubilate contact David Wilson at (510) 326-4916 or write to him at

Upcoming Jubilate Orchestra Concerts (click here for past projects)

November 20, 21 & 23, 2009 Handel Dixit Dominus & Scarlatti Messa di Santa Cecilia with Bay Choral Guild

Dec. 4 & 5, 2009 - Bach Christmas Oratorio with The San Francisco Choral Society

December, 2009 Bach Magnificat with The Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church Choir   

Arts Organizations that have collaborated with The Jubilate Orchestra

Bay Choral Guild

California Bach Society


Grace Cathedral

Head Royce School

Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church

Pacific Mozart Ensemble

Piedmont Children's Choirs

Piedmont Community Church

San Francisco Bach Choir

San Francisco Choral Society

San Francisco Girls Chorus

San Francisco Lyric Chorus

San Francisco Lyric Opera

San Francisco Urban Opera

Sonoma County Choral Society

Sonoma State University

St. Dominic's Catholic Church

St. Gregory Nyssen Episcopal Church

St. Luke's Episcopal Church