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Media Advisory: San Diego Unified's Honor Choirs to Perform Songs from "Coco" to Billy Joel at Free Concert

Media Advisory: San Diego Unified's Honor Choirs to Perform Songs from "Coco" to Billy Joel at Free Concert
Posted on 03/08/2019

San Diego Unified School District

WHAT: The Visual and Performing Arts Department (VAPA) of San Diego Unified School District will present a District Choral Honor Concert featuring three choirs comprised of 120 students in grades 4-12, from 35 schools.

At the direction of some of the region's top choral directors, the choirs will perform a variety of songs, from African folk songs to American spirituals to Billy Joel to a song from the recent movie “Coco.” All 120 students and their choral teachers will come together on stage for the grand finale. Parents, students, and the public are invited to attend.

WHEN: Friday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Lincoln High School Theater, 4777 Imperial Avenue, San Diego, 92113

Background: The District Choral Honor Concert will feature three choirs comprised of nearly 120 students in grades 4-12, from 35 schools in the district.

As part of San Diego Unified's commitment to arts education, ALL students in grades 4-12 can participate in honor choir. Honor choir students have the opportunity to work with some of the region's most esteemed musical directors. This collaboration provides musical growth and professional development for both students and teachers.

The Debut Honor Choir, for students in grades 4-6, is directed by Sally Husch Dean and accompanied by Anna Juliar. Dean is the founding artistic director of a youth choir program, the San Diego North Coast Singers. She formerly directed the Palomar College Chamber Singers and the Palomar College Chorale.

The Tenor-Bass Honor Choir, for students in grades 7-12, is directed by Juan Carlos Acosta and accompanied by Lisa Pagan. Acosta recently made his conducting debut with the Sand Diego Opera, and serves as the Artistic Director of the SACRA/PROFANA chamber choir.

Kathleen Hansen—accompanied by Kyle Adam Blair—directs students in grades 7-12 in the Treble Honor Choir. Hansen is the musical and artistic director of San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines, the Sun Harbor Chorus and the San Diego Women's Chorus.

MEDIA CONTACT: Maureen Magee, 619-381-7930

Please confirm attendance in advance.