Choir

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.

Don’t miss the annual Choir Cathedral Concert on March 24!

The Mira Costa Choir Department presents its annual Cathedral Concert at 7 pm on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020, at American Martyrs Church, 624 15th Street, Manhattan Beach. The concert will feature Mira Costa’s Vocal Ensemble, Choral Union, and Festival Tour Choir. Choir families, friends, and community members are all invited to…
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All District Choral Concert coming up on February 27!

On Thursday, Feb. 27th at 6 pm, please join us in the Mira Costa auditorium for the All District Choral Concert, an event that celebrates our students’ achievements in the choral arts and gives our community a chance to see the progression our children make by participating in choir from elementary school…
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Costa Choirs visits the Manhattan Beach Elementary Schools!

On Thursday, February , Vocal Ensemble and the two a cappella groups, Coterie and Muscle, did a tour of all five elementary schools in Manhattan Beach, performing a 30-minute program at each, followed by a Q & A with the students.  The performances were exceptional with each of the school…
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