Founded in 1986 by Rebecca Thompson and Stephanie Mowery, the first LACC choir was assembled to sing the children’s chorus part for Britten’s War Requiem. We have grown to include six progressively experienced choirs, a program of First Experiences in Singing (FES) classes for 6-7-year-old boys and girls, and a First Experiences in Choral Singing Ensemble for FES graduates and children who audition at the pre-Preparatory level. LACC’s comprehensive program addresses all learning styles and levels of experience through a sequential music literacy curriculum (based on the Kodály concept) and rehearsal schedule, in which choristers master a 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.
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, Cuba, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Japan, Poland, and Sweden, as well as many parts of the United States.
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 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.