Rehearsals in Redwood City or San Mateo
Boys joining at the beginning (Primary) level have the choice of two locations! Rehearsals are at our home base in Redwood City, plus our new location at the Unitarian Church on Santa Inez Ave. in San Mateo.
Ragazzi is looking for boys who love to sing!
He’s easy to recognize: the boy who sang The Wheels on the Bus over and over as he drove his dump truck in the sandbox at preschool … the boy who sings on his scooter, or in the bathtub. These boys may be quiet or boisterous, but their eyes light up when they hear or make music.
Maybe you are a parent who loves music and wants to share that love with your son. Or maybe you’ve read the research about the incredible social, academic and emotional benefits attributed to choral music learning.
Named one of the “Best Choirs On The Peninsula” by CBS News
Voted “Best Non-Profit 2018”, “Best Non-Profit 2019” and “Best AFterschool Activity 2019” by Palo Alto Daily News Readers
Ragazzi offers a complete musical education. The program is designed to take boys as young as five from their first taste of choral singing through a full course of choral/vocal instruction. Boys from all walks of life enjoy the opportunity to participate in this unparalleled learning experience.
- Find new friendships
- Improve social skills and self-esteem, and
- Develop an appreciation of music that will last a lifetime!
More reasons to choose Ragazzi Boys Chorus
become a Ragazzi Chorister
No previous singing experience is required to audition. Auditions are group-based, and led by an instructor who plays musical call-and-response games with the boys. We know this is likely a boy’s first audition experience and keep the experience short, simple and fun. There is no need to prepare a musical selection. Auditions are held three times a year: in summer (late June through mid-September), December/January, and May. Auditions are by appointment, usually after school during the workweek. Auditions are also held during our SingFest mini-camps. Boys offered a place in the choral program are placed in an entry–level or intermediate–level chorus, depending upon their age and previous experience. Auditions are for boys ages 7-10 who are interested in our main program. Book an audition
My audition was fun. At first I was nervous, but everyone was really nice.
prospective chorister, age 7
Author Daniel Pink on the Benefits of Choral Singing
Daniel Pink discusses his book “When”: what science tells us about when (and in some cases where) to harness peak awareness and take restorative breaks. The segment about the astonishing pro-social and personal health benefits of group singing start at 4:30. “Choral singing has benefits that are just extraordinary at the physiological and psychological level … Choir … boosts the moods of kids, improves their social and emotional learning and could … make them better citizens of the school.
SING WITH US FOR A DAY!
At SingFest boys learn a piece of music in one morning and perform it for their parents. They get a great sense of what it’s like to rehearse and sing in a chorus. This FREE fun half-day mini-camp is a great introduction to Ragazzi faculty and teaching methods. Plus, it’s packed with fun musical activities. Small-group auditions are integrated into the day during informal breakout sessions. Boys who are offered a place in the choral program (and accept – there’s no obligation) are placed in an entry–level or intermediate–level chorus, depending upon their maturity and experience. SingFest is designed for boys ages 7-10.
Music and Movement
Is your boy too young to manage a two-hour Primary rehearsal, but loves to sing? The perfect beginning at Ragazzi harnesses his musical energy in our Music and Movement class. He’ll have lots of fun, get a taste of choral singing, and get started on some of the foundations of music. The class is designed for boys ages 5-7. Learn More