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Los Angeles Children's Chorus Young Men's Ensemble

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Young Men’s Ensemble


Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) is holding auditions for middle school- and high school-aged boys with changing or changed voices for its Young Men’s Ensemble on Thursday, August 21, 2014, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, with appointments beginning at 4:30 pm. Candidates must prepare one solo art or folk song and will also be gauged on their ability to sing as part of an ensemble. Those interested in auditioning should be proficient in the fundamentals of music theory and musicianship. The vocal audition also includes a written music theory test and a sight-singing evaluation.

LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble is one of only a few choirs in the country to serve young male vocalists with changing voices. Led by Dr. Steven Kronauer, it offers quality vocal and choral training, providing boys with essential tools to help them sing through their vocal transition and a forum where they can learn more about the healthy development of their maturing voices at their own pace in a fun, understanding and encouraging environment.

Kronauer notes that one of the fundamental considerations for working with the choir is adjusting to the needs of each individual voice to ensure that each boy sings in a range that is healthy for him.

Established in 2009, Young Men’s Ensemble holds rehearsals weekly on Sunday evenings (5:30 – 7:15 pm) and features a specially tailored musicianship course and individualized vocal coaching sessions that adhere to LACC’s exceptionally high standards.

Among numerous highlights, YME has toured Germany, Austria, Italy and Alaska; performed with Cuba’s celebrated Sine Nomine and the esteemed University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club and Harvard Glee Club; attended a retreat at USC Thornton School of Music; and participated in a special seminar with acclaimed counter-tenor David Daniels and world famous tenor Ben Hepner.

Auditions will be held at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, located at 585 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California 91101. For more information or to make an audition appointment, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.

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The acclaimed Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA), dedicated to promoting acceptance through music, turns the spotlight on leaders who use their own voices to affect and advance social change at its inaugural “Voice Awards” on Saturday, April 14, 2012, 5:30 pm, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Honorees include Geoff Kors, the former Executive Director of Equality California who was instrumental in helping to shepherd the 2011 California Fair Education Act that compels California public schools to include the contributions of persons with disabilities and LGBT people in educational textbooks and social studies curricula. Additionally, Wells Fargo, represented by Jonathan Weedman, Senior Vice President of Wells Fargo Foundation and Wells Fargo & Company, is being honored for its vital and on-going support of LGBT issues in California and beyond. Receiving the “Emerging Young Voice” award is 17-year-old Michigan high school student Katy Butler, who led a grass-roots campaign to change the rating of the documentary film “Bully” to from R-rated to PG-13-rated so more high school students, those most likely to benefit from its message, would be able to view it.

Adding an extremely poignant element to the benefit is special guest speaker James Clementi, whose 18-year-old brother Tyler, a college freshman at Rutgers University, was a victim of cyber bullying and committed suicide in 2010.

Co-Chairing the “Voice Awards” are GMCLA Chair John Duran and LGBT Rights Activist Diane Abbitt. Hosting the first-time GMCLA gala fundraiser is Miss Coco Peru, described by the Los Angeles Times as “a heavenly hoot…wry and uncensored” and by the LA Weekly as a “diva/icon/trannie/comedian.” The evening of inspiration and entertainment, which features a cocktail reception and three-course dinner capped by a dessert “after party” featuring noted DJ Colin Kim, also includes a special performance by select members the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, led by Artistic Director E. Jason Armstrong.

The Voice Award Gold Sponsors are Wells Fargo, State Farm, Hollywood Forever, The Advocate, BPJ Foundation, and Geoff Kors and James Williamson. Silver Sponsors include Zen Healing, Mansour, Combined Properties, First Investors, HOB, IAC, Mani Brothers, Cyclogram, Athens Services, JimmyWin.com, and Adam Press.

Among special guests slated to attend are recording artist Melissa Manchester and actors Charlotte Rae,
Loni Anderson, Bruce Vilanch, Sharon Lawrence, Marissa Winokur and Craig Ramsay.

Tickets are $300 and sponsor packages are also available. For tickets and information call (800) MEN-SING (800-636-7464) or visit www.gmcla.com. The Beverly Hilton Hotel is located at 9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California, 90210.

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