Since 1984 the Contra Costa Children’s Chorus (CCCC) has been providing high quality choral music education to children in the San Francisco East Bay. Co-founded by Iris Lamanna and Sandy Warner, and now under the artistic direction of Mark Roberts and Xiomara Di Maio, the chorus continues to enrich the musical life of its members, their families, and the community at large. CCCC offers a comprehensive program of musical and vocal training, and performance of a wide variety of high caliber choral repertoire from all musical periods and styles for boys and girls ages 5-17.
Its pursuit of excellence has earned the chorus national and international recognition, singing at many prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Canterbury Cathedral, La Madeleine in Paris, Smetana Concert Hall in Prague, the Vatican and singing at the opening ceremonies for the one-year countdown to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.
CCCC is very pleased to once again work with Henry Leck.
Ragazzi Boys Chorus—Avanti Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, Ragazzi Boys Chorus provides outstanding musical education and performance opportunities for boys and young men, ages 5 to 18. About 200 singers — from over 100 schools and over 30 coastside and valley communities — participate in this internationally recognized program. Under the leadership of artistic director and co–founder, Joyce Keil, Ragazzi Boys Chorus performs a wide range of traditional and contemporary works for both the treble and changed voice. The chorus concertizes regularly throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Ragazzi participated in the San Francisco Symphony’s recording of Stravinsky’s Perséphone, which was included in the Symphony’s GRAMMY award for best classical album. The chorus also produces its own discography. Ragazzi made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2014 and tours throughout the world to widen chorus members’ musical and cultural horizons, and deepen Ragazzi’s reputation for performance excellence.
Ragazzi Boys Chorus is committed to excellence in musical performance and education. The Ragazzi experience instills self-confidence, cooperation, leadership, sensitivity and tenacity, helping our boys develop into young men of character and distinction. Ragazzi serves our boys and the community by performing a diverse selection of choral works to the highest artistic standards. Currently serving as Associate Artistic Director for the Ragazzi Boys Chorus, Kent Jue conducts Avanti and oversees all levels of the program’s training department.
Founded in 2003 by Artistic Director Peggy Spool, Vivace Youth Chorus of San José is a choral music education organization with 13 core and ancillary programs for youth in Silicon Valley. The programs balance vocal training, music literacy and theory, and performance, while providing exposure to various musical genres, from classical to traditional folk, jazz, and popular music. Based on the Kodály philosophy, we teach musicianship skills through singing, movement, and activities. This pedagogical approach allows students to naturally progress from our introductory Rising Notes classes to our advanced Chamber Choir and Teen Men’s and Women’s Ensembles.
These advanced performing choirs frequently participate in artistic collaborations, choral festivals, and tours. In the summer of 2017, Vivace embarked on an international tour to Montréal and Québec, Canada, and performed in some of the finest venues in the province. Recent collaborations have included performances of Winter’s Gifts: Family with The Choral Project and San José Chamber Orchestra, Vaughan William’s Hodie and Orff ’s Carmina Burana with the San José Symphonic Choir and Nova Vista Symphony, Bizet’s Carmen and Puccini’s La bohème with Opera San José, Holiday Magic 7: A Children’s Christmas with Nova Vista Symphony, A Charlie Brown Christmas with David Benoit, and Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker with Symphony Silicon Valley. In addition to collaborative performances, Vivace frequently sings at civic events, such as the City of San José’s Experiments in Sound series on the Sonic Runway this past December.
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), lauded as “hauntingly beautiful” (Los Angeles Times), is noted for its agile bel canto sound and artistic excellence. Founded in 1986, LACC is led by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson. It performs with LA Opera, LA Philharmonic, LA Master Chorale, LACO, Calder Quartet and Jacaranda, among others. LACC serves more than 400 children ages 6 to 18 in six progressive choirs and a First Experiences in Singing program. LACC received Chorus America’s 2014 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, and tours extensively. The subject of three documentaries, it has appeared on NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” PBS’s “Great Performances” and BBC Radio and is featured on John Williams’ latest recording, John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection.
The Intermediate Choir, under the direction of Mandy Brigham, performed this December in LACC’s Winter Concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of the LA Philharmonic’s Sounds About Town series, and in Nutcracker with the Miami City Ballet at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Additionally, Intermediate choristers have performed this season in Carmen with LA Opera, and in the US premiere of Andrew Norman’s Trip to the Moon with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Each spring, the choir tours to a destination in the western United States.
The Teen Choir of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton meets once a week to rehearse, and sings on Sunday at our 6:30pm Evening Mass, where they sing lively contemporary liturgical Catholic songs with a full band accompanying them. They also sing during the celebrations of Christmas and Easter, as well as other liturgies throughout the year. Every year they perform at a Christmas Concert in mid-December at St. Elizabeth Seton Church.
Cantabella Children’s Chorus – Honors, Chamber, Children’s and Advanced Children’s Choirs
Founded in 1992 by Director Emeritus, Bee Chow, Cantabella is a regional center for music education and performance for students from grades K to twelve. International Award Winning Cantabella Children’s Chorus (CCC) has grown to serve more than 200 children rehearsing in Livermore, Pleasanton, and Dublin. The Italian “canta bella” translated to “sing beautifully” which describes the founding vision of CCC. Cantabellas’s focus is fostering choral artistry, music literacy, and healthy vocal technique through mastery of classical and contemporary musical compositions in a variety of languages. Under the leadership of artistic director, Eileen Chang, Cantabella continues its tradition of excellence in all aspects of choral music.
All of CCC’s educators are professionally trained and hold advanced degrees in music, providing the highest quality choral education. In addition to two annual concerts, the chorus also performs larger works with professional music organizations such as Livermore Amador Symphony, Valley Dance Theater and Valley Concert Chorale. Cantabella has produced successful children’s operas such as Hansel and Gretel, The Piper of Hamelin, Noah’s Flood, and Chip and His Dog. Cantabella also attends prestigious local and international choral festivals and competitions such as Golden Gate International Festivals (Gold medals), World Choir Games in Cincinnati (Gold and Silver medals), World Vision International Festival, and ACDA Western Division Conference (2014). This summer, Cantabella will participate in the International Choral Kathaumixw Festival in Powell River, Canada.