The San Diego North Coast Singers was founded in 1993. The 100-member youth chorus has grown to five ensembles serving children in grades two through twelve. SDNCS has recently expanded its choral horizons with the addition of Ragazzi del Coro (boys chorus) and Sorelle San Diego (a women’s chamber chorus).
Along with a rewarding, high caliber traditional choral singing experience, SDNCS offers opportunities for national and international performance tours and choral festivals where students meet other musical young people from locations as near as San Diego and Los Angeles Counties, to as far as New York City, Austria, Italy and beyond. Well known amongst professional orchestras and choruses in San Diego for their musicality, maturity, and dependability, SDNCS has numerous opportunities to perform with professional performing arts organizations.
Past tours include New York City (Carnegie Hall and Cathedral of St. John the Divine), Italy (Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome), Austria (Salzburg Dom and Vienna Votivkirche) and Prague (St. Nicholas Church). The advanced choirs have performed in festivals and conferences throughout Southern California, Denver, and Appalachia.
The advanced treble choir, Caprice has performed numerous times with the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus at UCSD and with the San Diego Symphony at Copley Symphony Hall appearing in such major works as Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion,Berstein’sMass. Orff’s CarminaBurana, andBolcom’sSongs of Experience. The young singers will again be on stage with La Jolla Symphony and Chorus in June 2015 for the West Cast premiere of Jonathon Dove’s There Was a Child. In 2008, to commemorate its fifteenth anniversary year, SDNCS commissioned and premiered Mice and Beans: The Opera by Cary Ratcliff, based on the book by award winning author, Pam Munoz Ryan. The one act opera was created to feature the children’s chorus.
The chorus marked its twentieth anniversary in 2013 by hosting an invitational choral festival. 250 youth from Northern and Southern California gathered for a weekend festival led by composer clinicians, Paul Caldwell, and Sean Ivory. The Festival culminated in a grand concert featuring 8 individual youth choirs and a massed choir performance of a special commissioned work, “If Wishes Had Wings” by Caldwell and Ivory. This event kick started a new tradition of youth choral festivals hosted by SDNCS. In 2014, Venezuelan conductor, Maria Guinand led a Latin American Children’s Choral Workshop. In spring of 2015, SDNCS will host a High School Invitational Festival.
San Diego North Coast Singers is led by an impressive, hard working board of directors and has a professional managerial staff. The group has grown to be a highly regarded performing arts organization in San Diego, and is admired amongst leaders in the national choral community as an outstanding youth choral program.
“Over the years, Sally Husch Dean has created a powerhouse in the San Diego North Coast Singers. Always on the cutting edge, she has dared to take her choir places only dreamed of by other conductors. A beautiful sound, an exciting variety of repertoire, movement, and creativity set this group apart from others. Congratulations on 20 fabulous years!”Jena Dickey, Founder/Artistic Director | Young Voices of Colorado