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Sapporo Symphony Chorus (SSO Chorus) is a chorus specially formed for the orchestra, established in 2006 to honor the orchestra’s 45th anniversary. Its debut was “Sakkyo the Ninth” which was performed at the end of the same year. The chorus celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016.
The chorus appeared in the 500th Subscription, Mahler’s Symphony No.2, ”Resurrection” (June, 2007); 511th Subscription, Britten’s Opera “Peter Grimes” (concert version, September 2008); 520th Subscription, Orff’s Carmina Burana (June, 2009); PMF Orchestra with Eschenbach, “Resurrection” (July, 2009); 530th Subscription, Durufle’s Requiem (June 2010); “Akira-san’s Discovery Concert” (summer 2010); “Sakkyo the Ninth” (December 2010); 531st Subscription, Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 (female chorus only, December 2010); Ishikari River Flood Control Anniversary Concert (November 2010); 538th Subscription, with Eliska, Dvorak’s “Stabat Mater” (April 2011); “Akira-san’s Discovery Concert” (August 2011); “Sakkyo the Ninth” (December 2011); Outdoor Concert “Green Concert” (summer 2011); with Takaseki, Beethoven’s “Missa solemnis” (May 2012); with Eliska, “Sakkyo the Ninth” (December 2012); with Otaka, Britten’s “War Requiem” (September 2013); and, “Sakkyo the Ninth,” 570th Subscription, Verdi’s Requiem (June 2014); and “Sakkyo the Ninth,” the last 9th Symphony with Otaka as the Music Director (2014). The chorus activities continued to widen further including performances in the 579th Subscription celebrating the inauguration of Max Pommer as the Chief Conductor (June 2015), made into a CD; again with Pommer, “Sakkyo the Ninth” (December 2015); 598th Subscription (April 2017); 605th Subscription (December 2017); “Akira-san’s Discovery Concert” (summer 2017) and the 9th Symphony (December 2017). For the fiscal 2018, the chorus appeared in 612nd Subscription (September 2018) and the 9th Symphony (December 2018).

Since its establishment, the chorus carried out the audition for 4 times. At present, there are 76 members, with the chorus masters Isao Osanai, Shigeto Oshima, and Toshiaki Nakahara.


Chorus Chairman

  • Masatoshi Ichikawa (General Manager of the Sapporo Symphony Orchestra)

Chorus masters

  • Isao Osanai (Advisor, Sapporo Choral Association)
  • Shigeto Oshima(Vice Chairman, Sapporo Choral Association)
  • Toshiaki Nakahara(Piccola Opera de Sapporo)

Rehearsal Pianist

  • Tomoko Asai
  • Mika Takagaki


  • c/o Sapporo Symphony Orchestra rep; Kuroda


Eligibility Those who wish to join the chorus, must pass the entrance audition and renewal audition. No music experience needed. Must be over 18 (Senior High School Students cannot join the chorus).
Fee/Cost There is no fee for appearing on the stage, and no cost for becoming a chorus member. One must pay his/her own transportation and score.
Practice Schedule Practice takes place on every Tuesday 19:00 to 21:00 but this may change according to the concert schedule.
Coming Concerts


Wednesday, September 4, 2019
”Kaidoutousei” lyric: Hakushu Kitahara, Music: Kiyoshi Nobutoki
Kazufumi Yamashita
Hiroko Kouda, soprano, Mao Morita, soprano; Yukie Tamura, mezzosoprano; Keiro Obara, tenor; Kei Harad, baritone

622nd Subscription Concert

Friday, September 20, 2019 19:00- / Saturday, September 23, 2019 14:00-
Holliger “Ardeur noire d'après "Les soirs illuminés par l'ardeur du charbon" de Claude Debussy’”
Heinz Holliger

623rd Subscription Concert

Friday, October 18, 2019 19:00- / Saturday, October 19, 2019 14:00-
J. S. Bach Johannes-Passion
Max Pommer
Aki Matsui, soprano; Daichi Fujiki, countertenor; Makoto Sakurada, tenor; Tsuyoshi Mihara, bass (Jesus); Toru Kaku, bass

Sakkyo the Ninth

Saturday, December 14, 2019 16:00- / Sunday, December 15, 2019 13:00-
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 “Choral”
Tadaaki Otaka
Miwako Handa, soprano; Kasumi Shimzu, mezzosoprano; Takashi Otsuki, tenor; Teruhiko Komori, baritone
Inquiry Atten: Kuroda c/o Sapporo Symphony Orchestra
Address: Sapporo Symphony Orchestra, c/o Sapporo Concert Hall
1-15 Nakajima-koen, Chuo-ku Sapporo
telephone +81-11-520-1771 facsimile +81-11-520-1772