The Vivace Youth Chorus of San Jose, California aims to “provide young singers with the means and opportunities to experience and share the power and poetry of song.” Artistic Director Peggy Spool and a group of enthusiastic parents founded the organization in 2003. The choristers range from four to eighteen years of age and experience various singing styles from traditional folk, spirituals and classical cantatas to jazz and contemporary.
The mission of Vivace is to “provide young singers with the means and opportunities to experience and share the power and poetry of song.” There are seven levels that the singers aspire to with training in vocal, music theory and performance. Inexperienced to advanced singers are welcomed and are encouraged to study for at least one year. The choristers who’ve achieved the highest levels perform in festivals and tours.
The Vivace Youth Chorus collaborates with local musicians, composers and ensembles including symphonies and opera. The Tour Choir has performed in Hawaii, Oregon, Colorado and in the Canterbury Cathedral of London. Intensive semester workshops and retreats are available to the upper levels. Younger members and non-members are invited to a one-week summer music camp. “Scholarships and family discounts are available to keep the program accessible to families of all means.”
The choral education is based on the Kodly discipline which trains students “to hear and experience the music physically, aurally and visually…through movement, singing and finally through reading and writing…From the simple well known tunes we build a bridge to the more complex music they will learn through their choral repertoire.”
Spool has worked with children’s choruses in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 20 years. She received a Bachelor of Music in Voice from Boston University. She continued her studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she achieved a Master’s Degree in Voice. She also received a Certificate in Kodly Music Education from Holy Names University, Oakland, California. She is a member of several national and local choral and arts boards and organizations.
Located in the community of Willow Glen the Vivace Youth Chorus seeks talent throughout the South Bay. Its East San Jose program offers “significant financial aid to youth from under-served areas.” www.linkedin.com/company-beta/950689/
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For additional information about the Vivace Youth Chorus please visit www.vivaceyouthchorus.org.