Los Angeles Children's Chorus
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) is recognized throughout the country for its exceptional artistic quality, technical ability, and agile bel canto sound. Founded in 1986 and currently led by Artistic Director Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, LACC annually serves more than 400 young people ages 6 to 18 through six choirs – Preparatory, Apprentice, Intermediate, Concert, Chamber Singers, and Young Men’s Ensemble – and its First Experiences in Singing classes and a First Experiences in Choral Singing Ensemble. Choristers hail from more than 50 Los Angeles communities and represent the cultural and socio-economic diversity of the region.
LACC performs with such leading organizations as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony and POPS, Calder Quartet, Jacaranda, and MUSE/IQUE, among many others. LACC has been described as “hauntingly beautiful” (Los Angeles Times), “astonishingly polished” (Performances Magazine), “extraordinary in its abilities” (Culture Spot LA), and “one heck of a talented group of kids” (LA Weekly). The recipient of Chorus America’s 2014 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the nation’s highest choral honor, LACC has toured North and South America, Africa, Australia, China, Japan, New Zealand, Scandinavia, and Western and Eastern Europe.
LACC choristers can be heard on John Williams & Steven Spielberg: The Ultimate Collection, released in March 2017. LACC also appears on the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s critically acclaimed Decca recording A Good Understanding, and Plácido Domingo’s Deutsche Grammophon recording Amore Infinito. The subject of a trilogy of documentaries by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, LACC is featured in the Academy Award-nominated Sing!, about a year in the life of the Chorus; Sing Opera!, documenting the production of the LACC-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 has also been featured on PBS’s Great Performances, BBC Radio, and Public Radio International’s nationally syndicated show From the Top, among other credits.