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 as well as other choral experts, Chanticleer’s Director of Education, 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 8 to 10 hour days. Auditions are required for consideration; The fee for participation is $100 per singer. Securing housing in San Francisco is highly recommended but not required. Booking and logistics are ultimately your responsibility.

The culmination of Skills LAB is a free closing concert for family and friends on August 10th. 

For more information and application materials, Contact Chanticleer Director of Education, Cole Thomason-Redus at


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

Develop new tools; Gain Confidence

Classes and performance ensembles are designed to meet you where you are and take you to the next level. In Skills LAB, the emphasis is on individual singer progress in the context of a supportive, professional atmosphere where love of choral music is central. With access to professional singers, teachers and conductors, there are no limits to what you can accomplish during this exciting week of study, rehearsing and growth.

The daily schedule is 10:00am-6:00pm in San Francisco. There is a lunch break in the middle of the day when participants are encouraged to bring your own sack lunch each day. 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

  • vocal technique and healthy singing

  • International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and other lyric diction tools

  • music theory and history

  • sight singing

  • conducting

  • movement

  • improvisation

  • and way more for 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.