Pasadena is a city with a rich and vibrant mixture of the arts and sciences, which gives way for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Chorus to blend perfectly. Formed early in 2012 in a partnership between the Pasadena Symphony Association and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the JPL Chorus is comprised of approximately 50 JPL employees. They rehearse weekly under the direction of Donald Brinegar, the Pasadena Symphony’s Director of Choruses.
The JPL Chorus has performed with both the Pasadena Symphony and the Pasadena POPS. Their concert repertoire includes a mixture of genres from classical to jazz and popular, with composers ranging from Beethoven and Benjamin Britten, to John Lennon/Paul McCartney, and contemporary composers Eric Whitacre and Seth Houston.
The singers come from a wide variety of disciplines at JPL, including science, engineering, information technology, administration, business and finance, and more. “The idea is to celebrate JPL with our group’s enthusiasm about music and singing. It’s been a lot of fun, and I think what Don brings to this particularly is a great sense of joy in the experience,” stated Stephen Kulczycki, JPL’s Deputy Director of Communication and Education (Retired) and a founding member of the bass section.
For more information regarding the JPL Chorus, please contact Alex Chu, manager of Education and Community Engagement at the Pasadena Symphony Association, at 626-793-7172 ex. 18 or achu@PasadenaSymphony-Pops.org