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 2014/15 school year; see dates below, or contact us for more information at barbara@voltisf.org or 415.771.3352.

September 26 – 28, 2014 and January 30 – February 1, 2015

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 2014 session, students will work on repertoire selected by each choir’s director, including a major piece yet to be chosen to be performed as a massed choir.  The choirs will reunite on Saturday November 1, 2014 for a public performance in San Francisco, at which each choir will perform separately and then the massed choirs will join to perform the music they worked on during the Choral Institute weekend.

Plans for the January 2015 Choral Institute are still being worked out.  Sometimes we reserve that weekend for young women’s choirs only; sometimes we run simultaneous programs for mixed and treble choirs.  Check back later, or call us at 415.771.3352, to find out more.

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. Some scholarship aid is available. For further information, or to register your choir (individual students are also welcome), please contact us at barbara@voltisf.org or 415.771.3352.