Having been south to the missions, and north to Napa, this week we're going East across the Bay Bridge along the Route 80 corridor for performances in Livermore, Walnut Creek, and Sacramento. We also went today to Oakland to do the first big event in our season of education. In 2009-10 we've got a huge and exciting plan full of Youth Choral Festivals, ACDA conference appearances, school visits, workshops, masterclasses - you name it. The highlight will be our first National Youth Choral Festival in March, attended by 12 high school choirs from here and around the country. We've always wanted to extend our program to Oakland. Thanks to our friend Frederica Von Stade, we were invited to the St. Martin de Porres School which in turn invited 3 groups from neighboring Catholic elementary schools. We'll be back to sing a Christmas concert for the first time in Oakland at the new Cathedral on December 12 - we hope the word spreads!

A photo with the chorus from the St. Jarlath School.