Named after Chanticleer’s founder, Louis A. Botto, the LAB Choir is a mixed honor choir for singers ages 14-20. The  LAB Choir is currently in its 16th session. 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 in San Francisco, classes on advanced choral topics, participation in choral festivals, and performances for retirement communities and schools around the Bay Area.Calls for membership in this ensemble are on-going and project-based.  A typical commitment is for weekend rehearsals over the period of 2 to 2 1/2 months, community performances on weekends and weekday school performances. If you are interested in joining, contact LAB Choir Director Cole Thomason-Redus at  Members are selected by teacher recommendation and an informal audition.


Chanticleer and its Director of Education, Cole Thomason-Redus, are pleased to announce our nineteenth LAB session! 

The Louis A. Botto (LAB) Choir is Chanticleer’s mixed-voice, honors youth chorus for singers aged 14 through 20. Since its inception, the LAB Choir has developed a reputation for excellent pedagogy and the opportunity for talented young singers to collaborate and perform at the highest levels with others who share their passion for choral music.

Directed by Cole Thomason-Redus, the session will take place in San Francisco, September 8-October 20. Performances are planned for October 18, 19 and 20.

Thanks to the generosity of Chanticleer donors, LAB tuition is only $100! Auditions will be organized for singers new to Chanticleer’s programs.  Any singers who have participated in LAB or Skills/LAB are not required to audition.

To secure your spot and/or schedule an audition, please contact LAB Choir Director, Cole Thomason-Redus:


Rehearsal Schedule:

September 8, 15, 22, 29

 October 6, 13

Sunday rehearsals will take place from 1:00pm-5:00pm.


Location: TBA, in San Francisco