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RiverOaks Chorus, the San Fernando Valley chapter of Sweet Adelines International, is a small, friendly chorus with a 44-year history. We are part of a 501C3 educational organization, performing and preserving women’s four-part Accapella singing, barbershop-style. Our current director, Dave Tautkus, is retiring and moving out of state on June 1 and we’re searching for a new permanent director who loves and is experienced in the barbershop genre. Our weekly rehearsals are held in Van Nuys from 6:30 to 9:00 pm on Tuesday nights. Interested candidates can contact us at (805) 454-7464, or via email at


Dave Tautkus


Dave grew up in a barbershop and music household.  He holds an Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, Master of Science and PhD. in Education Administration. He has been a Music Educator for almost 35 years.  He is a former Singing Category Judge for BHS, former faculty member of Harmony University, and a director in both BHS and SAI. He is a Certified director in SAI and was awarded the Novice Director by Region 11 in his first year as a SAI director. 

The RiverOaks Chorus is sad to say goodbye to Dave and his talented wife Cathy as they move to Tennessee, but wish them well on their new adventures!

Our beloved former director Theresa Schonbach retired after 13 years with our chorus.  She was more than a director - she was a friend and mentor who championed us to be our very best selves and to have a good time while doing it.  She is greatly missed, but we wish her the very best!

"RiverOaks Chorus is such a special place.  We all love to sing and get better at our craft but of equal importance is the fact that our culture is so very strong...We bring our wealth of personal experiences to the risers each week – that diversity does come through our music and we all like and respect each other both on and off the risers." 

Theresa Schonbach

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