Giocoso (cheerful) introduces the joy of choral singing to 20 beginning singers
in grades 2-5. Directed by Paul Hayes, the focus of beginning choir is to help each chorister develop his or her own natural
singing voice within a community of fellow singers. Weekly rehearsals incorporate singing games, movement and beginning solfège
as an approach to musicianship and vocal exploration. Age-appropriate repertoire emphasizes unison singing, partner songs
and rounds. Giocoso Choir participates in local performances and in combined choir winter and spring concerts.
Brioso (with vigor and spirit) is the 40 voice intermediate choir of North Coast Singers, directed
by Janessa Anderson and accompanied by Ronél Wishnuff. The singers are known for their lively spirit and incredible
curiosity. Singers range from grades 4 – 8. Entrance to Brioso is determined by audition in which singers demonstrate
the ability to: match pitch, maintain a part strongly in a round, and read beginning rhythms and solfege. Brioso studies
beginning two-part harmony, improving vocal tone quality, and the ability to read rhythms and solfege at a more advanced level.
Brioso has performed at several local festivals, as well as the Encinitas Pre-Holiday Parade Concert and the Oceanside Day
of the Arts.
Caprice, (of humorous or capricious character) a 35 voice treble choir, is the advanced tour ensemble of the San Diego
North Coast Singers. The group is known for its warm tone and joyous spirit. Admittance is by audition. Caprice performs repertoire
in many languages and in three and four part harmony. Members must have basic music literacy skills and will continually study
sight singing and musicianship skills. They have performed in festivals and conferences throughout Southern California and
have appeared with the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus at UCSD and with the San Diego Symphony at Copley Symphony Hall. Performance
tours include New York City (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).
Capella (star of the first magnitude) is a mixed-voice chamber choir for high school aged singers. The aims of this
ensemble are multi-faceted: to advance further the singers’ musicianship and vocal training, to expose the singers to
a broad body of repertoire from the pre-Renaissance to the 21st century, and to prepare the singers for a lifetime of music
making, in whatever form that may take. Entrance to Capella is by audition. Changed voice men are accepted beginning in
the 8th grade.