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Ben Johns works with Stanford Chamber Chorale

Chanticleer has a two part master class with the Stanford Chamber Chorale this season.  Last night Ben Johns, Chanticleer's Education Director went to work with the chorale and reported that lots of fun was had.  The singers were excellent musicians, he said,  versatile and technically on point.  They worked on four pieces:  Hawley's arrangement of "Beautiful River," the first moment of Howell's "Requiem, Stacey Gibb's "Get Away Jordan," and Antognini's "There will come soft rains."  The second installment of our
work with Stanford this year will be when the ensemble visits in May.unnamedunnamed-1



Chanticleer's indefatigable In-School Ambassadors ( LAB X)

Yesterday morning  LAB X appeared at Sandpiper Elementary in Redwood City, Britton Acres in San Carlo, and Menlo School in Atherton. For some of us, the day started before 5am.  The best question came after I explained the plot to Jepthe:  "what does sacrifice mean.?"  A weighty question indeed.  To close out the day we sang for a music theory class at Menlo School  We were able to engage in much deeper conversation about the landscape of the pieces we sang.  Lots of music nerd business.   -BenIMAG0433 IMAG0435


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Partnership with Music for Minors continues in San Carlos

This year we are executing an extensive plan of  educational activities on the Peninsula in collaboration with the highly energetic organization Music for Minors.  On October 30 LAB 9 went to San Carlo, starting the day at Central Middle School singing for two different groups of 5th graders.








Then a quick lunch in Palo Alto and onto Tierra Linda Middle School.  At Terra Linda LAB read along with the choir on a few pieces they were preparing for concert.  Sarah Murphy ( choir director at both Central and Tierra Linda) then invited Ben Johns, Chanticleer Education Director, to work with them on "Still, still, still."  It was a long but fun day for LAB which got to be part of true choral exchanges.  And, they say, the middle schoolers sounded great.



























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14th annual Youth Choral Festival

Many people contribute to making these days a success. Our Board and supporters and staff, LAB 9 who heped make everything go smoothly and also sang, the dedicated Choir Directors without whom nothing would be possible: Mary Stocker, Michael Najar and Monica Covitt, Karen Gardias, Jason Chan, and Dana Alexander, whose Montgomery High School Chamber Singers were with us for the first time.

We finished the afternoon with rehearsal and q and a and sang Ring of Fire ( from our new album) for the singers so they could hear the wonders of Eric's voice close up. Pizza dinner in the courtyard, then the concert which LAB 9 opened. Choirs were Albany, Palo Alto, Davis, Lowell and Montgomery. Then the finale of Si ch'io vorrei morire and Rockin Jerusalem with the biggest tutti ( almost 300 of us) we've ever had.













Afternoon ( the best part) at the Youth Choral Festival

The heart of the Youth Choral Festival for us and the participants are the sessions with individual choirs which happen in the afternoon. We divide up. Each choir has 2 or 3 of us for about an hour and a half of detailed work, based on what we heard when everybody presented their numbers.