SingFest! is a casual gathering consisting of singing games and activities, during which boys sing as a group and individually. Joining Ragazzi is not required, but easy, stress-free and fun small group auditions and vocal assessments are included.
Ragazzi uses training in vocal development, music theory, sight-reading, and stage presence to prepare boys to be accomplished performers.
Boys have been known to forge close friendships and develop self-confidence in their ability to learn, teach, and interact with both peers and adults through the Ragazzi program.
“It has been my experience that young people respond passionately to powerful music. For boys who join Ragazzi, musicianship and choral training provide life lessons in leadership, teamwork, excellence, and perseverance, and a deep appreciation of the power and beauty of music that transcends cultural differences,” said Artistic Director Joyce Keil.
Founded in 1987, Peninsula-based Ragazzi Boys Chorus is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s music and performance organizations for boys. There are more than 170 singers from 86 schools in 26 Bay Area communities participating in the program.
Ragazzi has performed with the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Opera San Jose, West Bay Opera, Lawrence Pech Dance Company, Peninsula Symphony, Masterworks Chorale, and the Stanford University Symphonic Chorus. The group has toured throughout the United States and internationally.