About

Ragazzi Boys Chorus is committed to excellence in musical performance and education.  The Ragazzi experience instills self-confidence, cooperation, leadership, sensitivity and tenacity, helping our boys develop into young men of character and distinction.  Ragazzi serves our boys and the community by performing a diverse selection of choral works to the highest artistic standards.

Ragazzi Boys Chorus Mission Statement

Ragazzi [ra’gat’tzee]: 1. Italian term for ‘guys’ or friends; 2. A term used in opera to designate children’s voices.

A CBS news ‘Best Choir on the Peninsula’, Ragazzi has been hailed by critics as “one of the Peninsula’s finest treasures”.

Founded in 1987, Ragazzi provides outstanding musical education and performance opportunities for boys and young men, ages 5 to 18. Around 200 singers — from over 100 schools and over 26 coastside and valley communities— participate in this internationally recognized program. Auditions are held in May, summer, and January. … learn more

Under the leadership of artistic director and co–founder, Joyce Keil, Ragazzi Boys Chorus performs a wide range of traditional and contemporary works for both the treble and changed voice.  The chorus concertizes throughout the San Francisco bay area including Belmont, Berkeley, Redwood City, Pacifica, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, San Carlos, San Francisco, San Mateo, Saratoga and Stanford. … learn more

The chorus appears regularly with other outstanding Bay Area performing arts organizations. Ragazzi has performed with the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Opera San Jose, West Bay Opera, Lawrence Pech Dance Company, Peninsula Symphony, Masterworks Chorale and the Stanford University Symphonic Chorus, among others. … learn more

Ragazzi participated in the San Francisco Symphony’s recording of Stravinsky’s Perséphone, which was included in the Symphony’s 1999 GRAMMY award for best classical album and best orchestral performance. The chorus also produces its own discography. … learn more

Ragazzi Boys Chorus made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2014 and regularly tours in the United States and internationally to widen chorus members’ musical and cultural horizons, and deepen Ragazzi’s reputation for performance excellence. … learn more

Ragazzi performed for the Western Regional American Choral Directors (ACDA) conference in February, 2016.  Held in Pasadena, CA, the chorus sang for attendees from California, Arizona, Utah, Nevada & Hawaii, performing a very challenging program sung by our Concert Group trebles and changed-voice Choral Scholars.

amazing staging ... your singing was just superb, from the opening spaciousness to the Byrd, which brought tears so well sung ... the voices so clean and shimmering with meaning.

Vance Y. George, Director Emeritus San Francisco Symphony Chorus