Training for the Young Choral Artist

The ultimate music camp for singers aged 14-20

With the help of current and former Chanticleer ensemble members and top choral directors, Chanticleer’s Director of Education, Ben Johns, leads large and small ensemble rehearsals and teaches a myriad of music skills classes designed to give the young singer a taste of what a first year vocal major in college might feel like. Along the way, young singers strive toward conductor-less ensemble singing, surrounded by a motivated, talented, and high-achieving peer group.  

Skills/LAB is a week-long singing camp with 12-hour days. The fee for participation is $100 per singer. Securing housing in San Francisco is highly recommended. We are happy to help find the best rooming options but the cost, booking and logistics are ultimately your responsibility. 

The culmination of Skills LAB is a free closing concert for family and friends on August 6.

The all-around best aspect was singing along with others just as interested in music as I am
— Felix, 2001 participant

Develop new tools; sharpen old ones

No matter where you are in your musical development, prepare to be challenged.  Classes and ensembles are designed to meet you and take you to the next level.  In Skills LAB the emphasis is on individual progress.  At the same time the individual is immersed in a supportive, social atmosphere where the love of choral music is shared by all.  With access to professional singers at the top of their game, the only limits are those you put on yourself!

The daily schedule is 9am-9pm, taking Sunday off, at Chanticleer’s headquarters in San Francisco. Snack food is provided and there are breaks for lunch and dinner. The rest is music!

There is no way to sum up the past week of LAB choir. Somehow that ONE WEEK changed my life, cliché as that may sound. I had no idea what to expect out of this, or even if I would even be able to hold my own, but in the end it turned out to make some of the best memories and experiences.

… I found a way to open myself up to [new] possibilities and take this camp for what it is worth. Their passion for music lit mine for music even more, and I am still in awe...
— Lauren, 2011 participant


A most affordable and comprehensive music workshop

  • 7 days
  • singing in multiple ensembles
  • music theory and history
  • sight singing
  • conducting
  • movement
  •  improvisation
  • a private voice lesson
  • voice master class
  • and way more…only $100


Chanticleer is a 501(c)3 organization. Major funding for Chanticleer’s Education Programs provided by: Citizen’s Equity First Credit Union The National Endowment for the Arts, San Francisco Grants for the Arts, The Carol Franc Buck Foundation, The Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation The Chanticleer Board of Trustees, & the many generous individual contributors to Chanticleer’s annual fund.