Since 1986, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus has provided quality choral music training to more than 1,800 children and teenagers ages 6-18, and grown to include seven progressively experienced choirs and a program of First Experiences in Singing classes for 6-7 year old boys and girls. LACC’s comprehensive program addresses all learning styles and levels of experience through a sequential Music Literacy curriculum and rehearsal schedule, in which choristers master challenging, multi-lingual repertoire of fine choral music in the bel canto style. Choristers also acquire a solid education in music theory and receive individual vocal coaching.
Now in its 28th season—2013|2014: “Legacies Unleashed”—LACC will serve more than 375 young singers from more than 50 communities throughout greater Los Angeles, thus reflecting in its membership the cultural and economic diversity of the region. LACC’s program is tuition-based, but need-based financial assistance is available.
Under Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson, LACC is recognized throughout the country for its exceptional artistic quality and technical ability. The Chorus performs frequently with leading music ensembles including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Calder Quartet, Pasadena Symphony, and MUSE/IQUE. LACC also assists LA Opera by training and providing children for its opera productions that require children’s chorus or child soloists. LACC choristers have served as musical ambassadors of Los Angeles on tours to Africa, 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.
Highlights of LACC’s exciting 2013|2014 season include: a spotlight on the music of Benjamin Britten on the occasion of his centenary, and the English and German choral traditions; world premieres of commissioned works by Shawn Kirchner and Eleanor Daley; performing under conductors Plácido Domingo, James Conlon, Gustavo Dudamel, Grant Gershon, and Grant Cooper in appearances with LA Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Pasadena Symphony; presenting the L.A. debut of Camerata Vocale Sine Nomine, one of Cuba’s premiere men’s choirs, as part of its U.S. debut tour; and appearing at the opening of Guerin Pavilion and Herscher Hall at the Skirball Center and the dedication of the newly renovated sanctuary at Wilshire Boulevard Temple.
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 also appears on the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s critically acclaimed Decca recording of Nico Muhly, A Good Understanding (2010).
The subject of a trilogy of documentaries by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock, LACC is featured in the Academy Award-nominated Sing!, about a year in the life of the choir; Sing Opera!, documenting the production of LACC’s commissioned family opera Keepers of the Night; and Sing China!, chronicling its groundbreaking tour to China just prior to the Beijing Olympics. LACC has performed with John Mayer on NBC's “The Tonight Show” and was featured on Public Radio International's nationally syndicated show “From the Top,” among other credits.
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.