Diana Landis Appointed Director of LA Children's Chorus' Apprentice Choir
LACC's Apprentice Choir includes children with some prior musical experience who audition directly into the ensemble and choristers who have been promoted from the Preparatory Choir. Apprentice choristers receive musical training once a week in rehearsals and separate musicianship classes on Monday evenings. The Apprentice Choir performs in LACC's Winter and Spring Concerts and at occasional community concerts throughout the season. Apprentice choristers participate in a local day trip each spring to sing with other children's choirs and to enjoy fun social activities at the tour destination.
LOS ANGELes ChildREN'S CHORUS is widely regarded as one of the world's foremost children's choirs. Founded in 1986 and currently led by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson, LACC performs with such leading organizations as LA Opera, LA Phil, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, LA Master Chorale, LACO, Pasadena Symphony and POPs and Calder Quartet. The chorus' roster includes more than 350 children aged 6-18 from 60 communities across Los Angeles in six choirs and "First Experiences in Singing" classes for young singers. LACC has toured North and South America, China and Europe, and produced the world-premiere of "Keepers of the Night," an opera by Peter Ash and Donald Sturrock. The chorus appeared on LA Master Chorale's Decca recording "A Good Understanding," and Plácido Domingo's Deutsche Grammophon recording "Amore Infinito" ("Infinite Love") and, in 2011, gave the U.S. premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen's "Dona Nobis Pacem." The subject of a trilogy of documentaries by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Lee Mock, LACC is featured in the Academy Award-nominated "Sing!," about a year in the life of the choir; "Sing Opera!," documenting the production of LACC's commissioned family opera "Keepers of the Night"; and "Sing China!," chronicling its groundbreaking tour to China just prior to the Beijing Olympics. LACC has performed with John Mayer on NBC's "The Tonight Show," and was featured on Public Radio International's nationally syndicated show "From the Top," among other credits. Open auditions for LACC take place each May. First Experiences in Singing is a non-auditioned program for 6-7 year olds that serves as an enriching and fun music introduction for children.
Photo courtesy of LA Children's Chorus.