Mira Costa Choirs have been very busy this past month!

On March 13-16, Choral Union traveled to San Jose, California for the fourth annual CCDA (California Choral Director’s Association) State Conference. Out of 40 choirs who auditioned, they were one of eight choirs selected from across the state to perform at this conference. The venue was stunning! The performances were held in the St. Joseph Basilica in downtown San Jose, one of the most wonderful spaces in which to sing. They were the featured concert Thursday night and opened the concert. Their program was eclectic, elegant and tugged at the heart. Additionally, tyhe solicited the help of Billy Rugh, a famous choreographer here in Los Angeles who has choreographed for television and movies and the Angel City Chorale which appeared on America’s Got Talent last summer. Billy staged and choreographed two of the selections specifically designed for this unique basilica, which is in the round. The choreography was stunning, as was the performance of Choral Union. The choir received an immediate standing ovation and rave reviews. Congratulations to Choral Union and their wonderful performance at the CCDA state conference!

On March 26, Choral Union and Vocal Ensemble performed their annual cathedral concert at American Martyrs Catholic Church here in Manhattan Beach. This concert is an annual fundraiser for Mira Costa choirs and they present an evening of beautiful music specifically designed to be performed in spaces like American Martyrs Catholic Church. With the help of the area churches, choral boosters, students, friends, and family, tickets were sold throughout the past several months. The audience of over 400 was treated to music from the Renaissance, Baroque Romantic and 20th/21st centuries. Not only did the crowd love the concert, but American Martyrs Catholic Church was so impressed they were invited back annually to perform this concert. Many thanks to American Martyrs Catholic Church for hosting such a wonderful evening.

Doing Spring Cleaning and Looking Where to Donate Your Items?
On Saturday, April 13th, the Mira Costa Choir Dept. will hold its annual spring collection drive, collecting gently used clothing, shoes, hats, gloves, belts, purses, bags, luggage, drapes, table linens, and stuffed animals (whew!). For a complete list of what we’re collecting, please see the flier below.

If you’ll be doing spring cleaning and have items you’d like to contribute, please drop them off in the school parking lot on April 13th between 9:30-11:30 am (we’ll have a truck there and volunteers to collect donations). All donations are greatly appreciated!

Choir Families:  Your students can bring your donations to the choir room during school hours anytime between Mar. 13-Apr. 12th (we’ll have a collection area set up there), or you can drop off in the school parking lot on April 13th from 9:30-11:30 am.

Questions? Please contact Kimberly Konis .

Choir Silent Auction at Spring Concert
Mira Costa Choirs will have its annual silent auction fundraiser at the spring choir concert on June 4th, and we are now beginning our search for “experience’ auction items to be donated for the event.  WE would love to hear about any experience items you may have to contribute:

Gift Certificates for the theater, concerts, sporting events
Gift cards for movies, iTunes, retail stores, restaurants, ice cream shops
Getaway items, including airline tickets and hotel vouchers
Personal services such as manicure, massage, and chiropractic care
Professional services, including decorating and home improvement
Music lessons, including voice, piano, or other instruments
Do you have a vacation home, boat, or time share?  Please consider donating it for a week or weekend.
Get creative:  host a Dad’s Poker Night or Mom’s Night Out event for a group
Like to cook?  How about hosting a cooking party?

Also, please don’t be shy. Ask for certificates from those businesses that provide you services throughout the year. Many are happy to donate and possibly obtain a new client. Be sure to let potential contributors know these donations are tax deductible. Also, please be sure to submit all contributors’ names and addresses so they can be thanked and properly acknowledged in our program.

Below is a link to a silent auction donation form. This form can be used to accompany business or personal donations. We will be accepting donations through May 31st.

Silent Auction Donation Form

For more information, or to make a donation via email or by phone, please contact:  Sene Gray, 
(310) 874-8452

Thank you to all our amazing choir families and friends for your support!

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