The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) – lauded as “one of the world’s foremost children’s choirs”, and described by critics as “hauntingly beautiful” and “astonishingly polished” – is recognized throughout the country for its exceptional artistic quality and technical ability. Founded in 1986 and led by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson since 1996, The chorus’ roster includes more than 350 children ages 6-18 from 60 communities across Los Angeles in six choirs – Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Young Men’s Ensemble, Intermediate Choir, Apprentice Choir and Preparatory Choir, and a “First Experiences in Singing” ensemble and classes for younger singers.
LACC Chamber Singers are a select group of 16 high school-aged girls who comprise the choir’s most musically accomplished and technically sophisticated performing ensemble. Each member has completed LACC’s six-level musicianship curriculum and engages in private vocal coaching to support the training she receives from LACC, thus enhancing the group’s exceptional artistry and vocal elegance. Chamber Singers perform in LACC’s Winter and Spring Concerts and at community engagement concerts throughout the season. They were a featured choir at the American Choral Director’s Association Western Division Convention in 2004. Chamber Singers have performed in concert with such renowned artists as The Calder Quartet, Jacaranda, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and have been featured on Public Radio International’s nationally syndicated show “From the Top.”
Anne Tomlinson, Artistic Director
Anne Tomlinson, Artistic Director, now in her 17th season with LACC, oversees the educational and artistic development of the Chorus and conducts LACC’s Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. She has prepared children’s choirs for Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Carlo Rizzi, and Marin Alsop in LA Philharmonic performances of Stravinsky’s Persephone, John Adams’ El Niño, Mahler’s Symphonies No. 3 and 8, Orff’s Carmina Burana, and a fully staged production of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass at the Hollywood Bowl. She has prepared choristers for Los Angeles Master Chorale performances, including Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bach’s St. Matthew Passion and the world premiere of Christopher Rouse’s Requiem. Ms. Tomlinson is the Children’s Chorus Mistress for LA Opera. During her tenure, she has prepared children for major operatic works including the world premiere of Tobias Picker’s children’s opera Fantastic Mr. Fox, based upon the story by Roald Dahl. In these productions, Ms. Tomlinson has worked with renowned conductors James Conlon, Plácido Domingo, Andrew Litton, and Julius Rudel, among many others.
Ms. Tomlinson has prepared and conducted many world premieres of treble works commissioned by LACC, including last season’s The isle is full of noises… by Icelandic composer, DaníelBjarnason. She is a frequent presenter at symposia, workshops, and festivals. Ms. Tomlinson holds a B.M. degree from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music and M.M. in conducting from Northwestern University, where she studied with Margaret Hillis. Ms. Tomlinson is the 2000 recipient of the Gold Crown Award for Music Education awarded by the Pasadena Arts Council, the 2001 Power of One Award awarded by Facing History and Ourselves Foundation, and the 2006 Educator of the Year Award given by the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Southern California.