Capella (star of the first magnitude) is a chamber choir for high school aged singers, directed by Michelle Risling and accompanied by Ronél Wishnuff.

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.

  • Grade Level

    High School

  • Rehearsal Times

    Sundays, 6:30 to 8pm

  • Auditions

    Occur twice a year. Fill out an interest form!

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Michelle Risling earned her K-12 teaching credential and Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, choral emphasis, at California State University, Fullerton. There, she studied conducting and music education with Drs. Robert Istad and Christopher Peterson. She held section leader positions in both CSU Fullerton’s Concert Choir and Women’s Choir, and was a member of the Jazz Singers under Dr. Laura Harrison. She is currently the general music and choir teacher at Temecula Preparatory School. She is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the Southern California Vocal Association (SCVA) and the National Association for Music Education (MENC). Michelle sang in North Coast Singers for ten years prior to college and has composed a song cycle for Caprice, which has been performed multiple times in years since.