Now celebrating its 26th season, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, under Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson, is recognized throughout the country for its exceptional artistic quality and technical ability. Founded by Rebecca Thompson in 1986, LACC performs frequently with leading music ensembles including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Calder Quartet and Pasadena Symphony. LACC also assists Los Angeles Opera by training and providing children for its opera productions that require children’s chorus or child soloists.
Highlights of LACC’s exciting 2010|2011, 25th Anniversary Season, included performances of Bizet’s Carmen and Pucini’s Tourandot at the Hollywood Bowl with the LA Phil under Maestro Gustavo Dudamel; debuts on Azusa Pacific University’s Artist Concert series and at the Redlands Bowl; Salon Concert Series performances by LA Philharmonic Concertmaster Martin Chalifour in recital with LACC’s Chamber Singers, and an intimate performance at the Los Angeles Music Center by four accomplished LACC alumni; master classes and joint performances with the U.S. Army Chorus, Radcliffe Choral Society, and LACC founding director Rebecca Thompson; LACC’s festive Winter Concerts in December and its 25th Anniversary Spring Concert in May; a first-time opportunity to perform onstage at the Music Center’s annual Spotlight Awards; an exuberant performance with South Africa’s Drakensberg Boys Choir; and the Summer 2011 Tour to the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States, where LACC performed an Independence Day program on the Millennium Stage at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
LACC’s roster includes more than 350 children ages 6-18 from 60 communities across Los Angeles in six choirs, a three-level program of First Experiences in Singing (FES) classes for younger singers, and a new First Experiences in Choral Singing ensemble for graduates of the FES program. This newest choral ensemble will assist younger children in further developing their vocal, aural, musical and choral skills. LACC’s intensive training program includes weekly or twice weekly rehearsals, individual vocal coaching and comprehensive musicianship classes.
LACC has toured Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Poland, and Sweden, as well as many parts of the United States. In 2008, Concert Choir performed at the China International Arts Celebration for Young People during its tour to China prior to the Beijing summer Olympics. In Summer 2012, LACC will tour to South Africa.
Among its numerous accomplishments, LACC commissioned and produced world-premiere opera, Keepers of the Night (2007), by composer Peter Ash and librettist Donald Sturrock. The Chorus also appears on "Amore Infinito" ("Infinite Love"), a Deutsche Grammophon CD of songs based on poems by the late Pope John Paul II and performed by Plácido Domingo, which was released worldwide in March 2009.
LACC is featured in the Academy Award-nominated documentary, “Sing!” and sequel documentary “Sing Opera!” by award-winning Santa Monica filmmakers Freida Lee Mock and Jessica Sanders. “Sing!” chronicles a year in the life of the choir and is shown frequently on PBS stations nationwide. A third LACC documentary by Freida Mock, “Sing China!” was released in 2010.
LACC Mission Statement
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus provides choral music education of the highest quality to young people who represent richly diverse racial, economic, and cultural backgrounds.
The program ignites a love of singing and nurtures the full expression of each individual’s potential for artistic and personal excellence through the collaborative experience of choral music performance.
Through the beauty of inspired and joyful singing, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus brings the transformative power of music to communities throughout Southern California, the nation and the world.