Volti’s Choral Institute for High School Singers provides intensive, content-rich training and performance opportunities for 100 or more high school students over the course of one concentrated, enjoyable weekend. Click to watch a brief video that will show you what it’s all about.

There will be two sessions during the 2015/16 school year.  We are very excited to have young composers in residence for both sessions of the Choral Institute this year.  Eric Tuan will compose for the SATB choirs, and Melissa Dunphy for the treble choirs.  See dates and details below, or contact us for more information at barbara@voltisf.org or 415.771.3352.

September 25 – 27, 2015 and January 19 – 31, 2016

Volti serves as the resident choir and faculty. The students have the opportunity to work closely with these outstanding young professional singers, who sing with the students during rehearsals as well as leading sectionals and offering private voice lessons. During the September 2015 session, students will work with composer-in-residence Eric Tuan on a new piece commissioned especially for these choirs, as well as on repertoire selected by each choir’s director.  The choirs will reunite on Saturday October 24, 2015 for a public performance in San Francisco, at which each choir will perform   separately and then the massed choirs will join to premiere the new Tuan piece.

The January 2016 Choral Institute will bring together several treble choirs for rehearsal, performance coaching, master classes, and more.  This group, too, will premiere a work by a composer in residence, Melissa Dunphy.

Email info@VoltiSF.org or call us at 415.771.3352 for more information.

Both sessions of the Choral Institute are similar in structure. Together with Artistic Director Robert Geary and the high schools’ choir conductors, Volti’s singers lead rehearsals, give voice classes, and direct seminars designed to challenge and inspire each student. Each participating choir performs for one another and receives constructively critical evaluations by Volti and Mr. Geary. Throughout the weekend, students rehearse “side by side” with members of Volti, and on Sunday they perform the music learned for an open audience (including parents and friends!) at the Camp in Occidental.

Click here to download the Choral Institute brochure.

CYO Camp

The CYO-McGucken Center in Occidental is set amidst the majestic redwoods of northern Sonoma County. Participants are housed in groupings of heated rustic cabins, each of which sleeps eight boys or girls. A list of essential items to bring (sleeping bags, etc.) will be provided upon registration. Rehearsals and meals take place in the main lodge, just a few hundred feet away, with its roaring fireplace and green lawns. The camp is equipped with full bathroom facilities, a basketball court, and numerous easy hiking trails.

Additional Benefits

Choral Institute students have the opportunity to perform major choral works with professional orchestras and soloists as members of the San Francisco Choral Society. Tuition is specially waived and music is provided at no cost ($100 value). Participants are also entitled to complimentary tickets to Volti and San Francisco Choral Society concerts (valued $20-$28).

Tuition is $275 per student, which includes instruction, room, and board. There is a sliding scale for larger choirs (40 or more).  For further information, or to register your choir (individual students are also welcome), please contact us at barbara@voltisf.org or 415.771.3352.