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Vivace Youth Chorus of San Jose

Rating: 5 stars   4 reviews 681


1202 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 108 San Jose CA 95125 USA


Our mission is to give young singers the means to experience and share the power and poetry of song. Vivace is an engaging, high-caliber choral program for children four to eighteen. We offer a Kodály based choral education program that balances vocal training, music theory, and performances. The chorus fosters creative and artistic growth through its six levels of developmentally attuned and challenging curriculum.

Target demographics:

children in the San Jose area, ages 4 - 18

Geographic areas served:

san jose


In addition to regular rehearsals/classes held at 2 locations (willow glen san jose and east san jose), vivace's activities for the fiscal year included: fall 2013 vivace open houses, august 22 and 27 willow glen and foothill locations. Founders' day parade, september 21 vivace singers marched in the willow glen founder's day parade. Concert/chamber retreat, october 18-20. Annual retreat at hidden villa. Clinicians were dr. Jeffrey benson, director of choral studies, sjsu, janice engelgau, theater specialist, and vasanthi bhat, yoga teacher. Intermediate director, jay jordana helped to lead sectionals. Real men sing, october 18 vivace teen men's ensemble singers joined area high school singers in a morning of singing under a guest director at sjsu. Teen ensemble outing to sjsu fall concert, october 18 teens went as a group to hear sjsu's concert. Vivace was given free tickets by the university. Intermediate fall workshop, november 2 guest clinician, kristin engineer, orff specialist. Teen ensembles fall workshop, november 2 guest clinician, tina paulson, choral director at woodside priory high school, woodside, ca opera san jose, november 16 - december 1 vivace singers (24) sang the children's chorus part in hansel & gretel, 8 performances. California regional honor choir, coastal division (high school) 4 vivace teens participated, and were recommended for the california honor choir in sacramento, march 2014. Caroling at the california, december 2 annual caroling evening for the teen ensembles in the lobby as prelude to the you sing it messiah presented by sj symphonic choir. Caroling in willow glen, december 7 concert/chamber annual caroling outing and concert in downtown wg. Winter concert, winter songs far and near, december 14th westminster presbyterian church, guest musicians, christine lovejoy, percussion, renee thompson, flute. David benoit, december 15th vivace singers (12) sang in david benoit's christmas performance for montalvo singing the charlie brown christmas section. We have been invited back to sing again this year. Svac gala, january 24th concert/chamber choirs sang as part of the gala performance at le petit trianon. Teen ensemble winter concert, january 26th christ the good shepherd lutheran church. Guest musicians, stephanie lai, cello, christine lovejoy, percussion. Spring 2014 boys'/girls' day (real kids sing) february 1 albee rehearsed boys. Peggy/jay rehearsed girls, prep through teen. Impromptu performance to cap the morning. A capella teen group launched - pilot program, february - march 2014 albee and jay co-taught, 10 singers participated. They sang on the teen concert in may. Acda western division honor choir in santa barbara, february vivace had: 5 singers in children's choir, 4 in middle school, 8 in high school teen ensemble retreat, february 28 - march 2, sequoia retreat center, ben lomond guest clinicians, lou de la rosa, director of choral activities, west valley college, phoenix artemisia, yoga specialist children's discovery museum, march 22 intermediate and preparatory choir performance spring workshops: march 15 intermediate, guest clinician, jenny sandusky, choral director, harker academy concert/chamber choirs, guest, eileen chang, director of the new choir and cantabella children's choir (livermore) berryessa library, april 26 intermediate and preparatory choir east side library performance kodaly festival, may 3 intermediate choir participated in festival under guest directorship of buddy james, cal state east bay choral professor. 5 other choirs attended. Peninsula choral festival, may 10 concert/chamber choirs participated in festival sponsored by the peninsula girls' choir with five choirs. Guest director was julie ford, st. Mary's college. Teen ensembles concert, may 17 st. Luke's episcopal, los gatos. Guest musician christine lovejoy. Two premieres from the poetry/song project: i made it by sue bohlin, when i am gone, by dale victorine, poem by senior, sophia hack broome spring concert, circles, may 31 lincoln glen church, guest musicians: tony clements, tuba, vishal vaidya, selin ozcelik, french horns, james costigan, violin two premieres from poetry/song project: i feel cool - brian holmes the noise of drums - nick carlozzi perfect beginning also sung (not a premiere) music and art camp, june 23 - 27 singing by the numbers. Peggy spool, jay jordana, mary jo blazek, laura green, patricia mahadevi. Aides: stephanie boyer, kameron duncan, janet henriques, clara matlack. Joint concert, june 25 orange county conservatory chorale and concert/chamber choirs at stone church.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I can't say enough nice things about my daughters experience with this choir! My oldest daughter has been with the choir 4 years, starting in Rising Notes at age 5 and now progressed to Intermediate choir. My younger daughter also started in Rising Notes at age 4 and is singing in Prep choir today. They have both progressed so wonderfully in their singing, and it is great to hear them wandering around the house singing new and old songs in all sorts of different languages. As a non-musical parent there is no burden on me to work with them outside of rehearsals and at a price my family finds affordable.

Summer camp is not to be missed. The directors drop all attempts at seriousness and work hard to make everything FUN; ice sculptures, giant bubbles, glove-a-phones, painting, and so much more. This summer camp is artistic, educational, fun, and Friday afternoon the camp puts on a sweet concert to show off what they learned and created.

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I just wanted to thank you and everyone else (Peggy, Jay, Mary Jo, Becca, Thea, Vishal, etc.) for running such a well-thought out and fun camp this past week. My daughter had a GREAT time and can't wait to do it again next year! not only did she enjoy the music part (we have so many microphones in our house - one for almost every room, just about), but she really enjoyed the art and how it got incorporated into the singing part! She said that everyone was really nice too. I was very impressed, too, with your aides...very professional and you could tell they enjoyed what they did!

I hope you offer priority enrollment for campers who were in attendance from the year prior so I can get a jump on enrolling for your camp next year! :-)

Thank you, again, for a great experience. Kudos to you all.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Music education.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Offer priority enrollment.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son has been participating in Vivace Youth Chorus for 3 years. He started out in the Rising Notes class, which is a wonderful musical experience for young children ages 4-6yrs. Through musical games and songs, he developed his ear and learned rhythm sense. He was having so much fun he didn't even realize he was learning! When he was 6 he moved into the Preparatory Choir, where he began to learn repertoire for performance, as well as music theory. The music theory is taught through the use of games, so again, the kids aren't even aware they are learning. Peggy, the director of the Prep Choir is masterful at making learning really fun and interactive. The kids just love to sing with her, and she is extremely upbeat and positive, just the perfect set of skills for young children. At age 7, he moved into the Intermediate Choir, where the lessons were a little longer and expectations greater. My son now sings on key and is learning music notation and relative pitch. I've been so impressed with how rich this experience offers him. Now, my younger child is in Rising Notes and will begin Prep in January. I highly recommend Vivace Youth Chorus for children of all ages who are interested in a well-rounded and fun choral music experience.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My son's singing voice has matured and he is learning so much about music, rhythm, tone, etc.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Can't think of anything to change at the moment.

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I wanted my daughter to have a musical experience that wasn't being provided in elementary school. We didn't hear children's literature being performed in school any longer and so much in history and culture was lost to her generation.
If your child or youth loves to sing, Vivace will nurture that passion. Vivace Youth Chorus is a music education program, with an emphasis in performance as well as education. Incorporating theory through song games and using the voice as the instrument, students are given musical literature that is both appropriate for their voices and is a mix of classical and folk music from all over the world. Music theory, vocal technique, performance skills and professional instrumental accompaniment are all a part of the music education curriculum.
In the years my daugher performed with the children and then the youth choirs, she sang in over 25 languages. This was certainly more than just music~it was also an experience that brought world cultures and traditions to her.
In college now, she still talks about the outstanding musical experience she shared with other singers. They still get together for informal reunions and attend and support Vivace events as they are able.
She even talks about the future possibility of having children who will one day attend Vivace's program.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

bringing music to the community. Many lives have been touched through summer camps or during the school year in rehearsals. With concerts and other collaborative works with other arts organizations, our children have grown as performers, instilling confidence and poise in each one.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Bring in more funding sources so that we could offer more scholarships to children and youth in our community.

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