The talented students of Mira Costa Choirs Vocal Ensemble provided the holiday soundtrack to the annual Manhattan Beach Pier lighting on Wednesday, November 20. Under the direction of award-winning choir director, Michael Hayden, and accompanist, Mark McCormick, the singers shared their gifts with a festive crowd, delivering the perfect kick-off to the Holiday Season!
On November 14, Choral Union participated in the Redlands High School Women’s Choir Festival at the University of Redlands. They were one of 14 choirs who performed for each other and the two adjudicators, both of whom are choral faculty at the university. They sang beautifully and both adjudicators were highly impressed with their performance.
On Saturday, November 16, Choral Union joined Vox Femina LA to perform in the concert, “Voices Awakened: da Vinci, Vivaldi, VOX.” Choral Union sang four selections o a thunderous ovation. They then joined Vox to sing “Beatus Vir” by Antonio Vivialdi accompanied by string quartet. This music and selections sung by Choral Union was music of the Ospedali, a body of repertoire by several Italian composers who wrote for young orphaned women in Venice. The collaboration was a huge success!
On Tuesday, December 3, Vocal Ensemble had the pleasure of singing the National Anthem at the monthly Manhattan Beach City Council general meeting. They did a beautiful job and the council members and citizens in attendance were impressed with their performance. The City then presented Choir Director, Michael Hayden, with a certificate of appreciation.
Vocal Ensemble participated in Operation Happiness, sponsored by the Mira Costa High School ASB. Particularly, Vocal Ensemble selected to choose a family from the Richstone Center Adopt-A-Family. Members of Vocal Ensemble met on Saturday December 7th to shop for the family. It was a joyous gathering of students all for a good cause. Thanks goes out to Vocal Ensemble for their open hearts and their donations to make this all possible!