While the rest of us were resting on Labor Day weekend - or otherwise enjoying our unwontedly long period of time at home this year- the 14 members of LAB 9 had their first sessions under the direction of Ben Johns. One of the things we're proud of in our LAB (Louis A. Botto Choir) program is that so many young singers participate repeatedly.  In the case of the LAB 9 members, all have participated in a prior session (including August's SKILLS/LAB), some of them 7--8 times.  Singers come from San Francisco, and the North, South, and East Bays.

In LAB 9, the repertoire is mostly 3-part voicing and includes early music from France and Germany, and a spoken piece called Geographical Fugue.  For fun they may learn some Christmas carols - Christmas being not so far away as we ourselves are well aware.  LAB 9 will be performing at the Sing for Haiti benefit concert on October 2 at Grace Cathedral, and will be helping out with Chanticleer's Youth Choral Festival ( for high school choirs) on October l8.  As part of our new education partnership with Music for Minors on the Peninsula, LAB 9 will be doing al all-day school visit to the San Mateo area on October 30.