The Mira Costa Grammy® Award Winning Choirs are under the direction of choir director Michael Hayden and accompanist Mark McCormick. Mr. Hayden is a 2014 California Teacher of the Year, and he was named Teacher of the Year for both Mira Costa High School and the MBUSD School District in 2014. Mark McCormick was named a Sandacre Teacher of the Year in 2014 (an award voted on by the senior class recognizing the seniors’ favorite teachers), he is a 2017 Grammy® Music Educator Award quarter finalist, and he received the MBX Leader of the Year Award in 2019.

The Choir Department is composed of 4 choirs:  Vocal Ensemble, Choral Union, Mustang Chorale, and Costa Chorale. The choirs have been recognized with distinct honors and many wonderful opportunities. In 2015, Vocal Ensemble was chosen to perform at the American Choral Directors Association National Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 2019, Choral Union was selected to perform at the California Choral Directors Association State Conference in San Jose, California. The choirs also have performed at many locations and cathedrals around the world, including Carnegie Hall in New York; San Francisco; London; Paris; Germany; Strasbourg, France; and Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

In the spring of 2020, the Mira Costa Festival Choir will tour Italy, singing in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, Rome, and Florence.

Congrats to Costa Choir Alumni, Phoebe Lyons!

Phoebe Lyons graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Boston College with a double major in  music and economics. She was awarded the Laetitia M. Blain award for Excellence in Musical Performance. For her senior recital, she sang art songs in five languages, including works by Donizetti, Wolf,…
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Choir performs final concert of the year!

Mira Costa Choirs has come to the end of an amazing year. This past week, the four choirs and two a cappella groups sang their final concert of the year to a large and enthusiastic audience. From Mozart to Mercury, all the choirs sang with artistry, commitment and heart. This…
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Congrats to Costa Choirs!

Congratulations goes out to the Mustang Chorale for winning the Men’s Choir category at Music in The Parks at Disneyland! Congratulations to Costa Chorale for winning the Women’s Choir Category and winning Best Overall High School Choir in the competition! These were wonderful choirs this year and everyone is very…
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