Facts and History
About The Notables
The Notables is a vocal troupe that performs in the
greater Los Angeles area. We are a non-profit organization (with 501(c)(3) status) that is dedicated to the performance of vocal literature. Our mission statement
is "To provide a service of vocal entertainment to the community and to provide an opportunity
for qualified singers to participate in an organization dedicated to the vocal arts."
The Notables debuted in 1980 as a choir club for Hughes
Aircraft Company. The following year, Randall Schwalbe assumed the post of music and artistic
director. The choir met twice weekly during the lunch hour at St John’s Lutheran Church,
preparing a 45-minute choral concert performed in late March, mid-June and mid-December.
Taking a break during the summer months, certain members would prepare solos and ensemble numbers
to be performed in mid-September in a recital format. All of these concerts were performed
for employees in the R1 Auditorium, a Hughes Aircraft building in El Segundo. Occasionally,
the choir would be hired to sing a functions such as formal military banquets, church events,
biannually at the El Segundo Joslyn Center, the National Anthem at Dodger Stadium, and the Christmas
Eve Holiday Affair at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
Due to corporate reorganization, the
organization became an independent vocal troupe in 1997. Now The Notables perform one or
two formal shows each year in the South Bay area and seasonal concerts in El Segundo.
The Notables have also changed their focus from exclusive
formal choral presentations to an eclectic approach dictated by the type of music programmed.
For example, a fully staged version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (the
original version) and fully-costumed and -orchestrated 90-minute excursion back to 1968
(‘60s Love-In) are mainstays in the repertoire as well as staged excerpts from Les
and Evita. Each performance is typically supported by a small group of instrumentalists
who form the orchestra. Everything from piano, keyboards, bass, drums, guitars, banjos,
flutes, trombone, violin, and even ukulele is often heard as part of the mix.
In 2006 Randall Schwalbe retired as
director of The Notables, and Paula Kelley assumed the duties of musical