Named after Chanticleer’s founder, Louis A. Botto, the LAB Choir is a mixed honor choir for singers ages 14-20. The purpose of the group is to promote high-level, small ensemble training for the area’s top young singers and to provide community service through free performances. The program includes rehearsals at Chanticleer’s home base (the Kanbar Center at 44 Page Street), classes on advanced choral topics, and performances for retirement communities and under-privileged schools. Students receive college credit for their participation. Calls for membership in this ensemble are on-going and project-based. A typical commitment is for three months with rehearsals and community performances on weekends and 2-3 total weekdays of school performances. If you are interested in joining, contact Ben Johns. Members are selected by teacher recommendation and an informal audition.
LAB Choir Schedule
Director of LAB Choir
BEN JOHNS, LAB Choir Director, finished his master’s degree in Choral Conducting in 2009 at the University of California, Irvine and holds undergraduate degrees in Dance, Vocal Performance, and Chemistry. He is currently working on his PhD at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Mr. Johns earned merit-based graduate fellowships, teaching assistant-ships and scholarships from the Tom and Elizabeth Tierney, Ann and Gordon Getty, Mary and Philip Lyons, and Sunny Brown Scholarship Foundations. He also earned the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research for his honor’s thesis topic, “Exploring the Neurobiological Basis for the Effect of Movement on the Voice,” a topic he presented at the American Association of Physics Teachers conference at California State University, Sacramento in 2004. Ben sang in the Chanticleer ensemble for three years before moving to his current position as Chanticleer’s Director of Education. His education duties include, but are not limited to, directing Chanticleer’s LAB Choir and giving master classes to Bay Area high school and middle school choirs. Outside Chanticleer Mr. Johns continues to sing and conduct.