Our Mission

Contra Costa Children’s Chorus is devoted to developing choral excellence through education, instilling values of self-discipline and commitment, while inspiring the artist within each child through the power of music.

About The Chorus

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Since 1984 the Contra Costa Children’s Chorus (CCCC) has been providing high quality choral music education to children in the San Francisco East Bay. Co-founded by Iris Lamanna and Sandy Warner, the chorus continues to enrich the musical life of its members, their families, and the community at large. Over the years the chorus has grown to include 4 choir levels, 2 Honors ensembles, a Summer Music Institute, and its own summer musical theatre program Theatre Arts for Kids.
The CCCC offers a comprehensive program of musical and vocal training, and performance of a wide variety of high caliber choral repertoire from all musical periods and styles. Its pursuit of excellence has earned the chorus national and international recognition, singing at many prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Canterbury Cathedral, La Madeleine in Paris, Smetana Concert Hall in Prague, and the Vatican.

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Among its many honors, the CCCC was a first place award winner at the Golden Gate International Children’s and Youth Choral Festival Competition in 1991, has received gold ratings at numerous Heritage Festivals, and has participated in the Oregon Bach and Junior Bach Festivals. It has also collaborated with major performing arts organizations such as the California Symphony, Diablo Symphony, and Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and has been featured at the American Choral Directors Association Western Division Conventions in 1994 and 2000.
An integral part of the CCCC experience has been its participation in national and international tours. These have taken the chorus to Denmark, Hungary, Australia, China, Greece, Argentina, and Western Europe performing in some of the most prestigious venues around the world, including a live broadcast concert over the Hungarian National Radio, and singing at the opening ceremonies for the one-year countdown to the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China.

Awards

Best Music School – Best of the East Bay, Diablo magazine, 2015

Best After School Program – Best of the East Bay, Diablo magazine, 2013

Best Music Lessons – Best of the East Bay, Diablo magazine, 2012

First place – Outstanding Choral Group, Heritage Festival, Anaheim, 2008

First place – Heritage Festival Adjudicator’s Award, Anaheim, 2008

First place – Gold Award, Heritage Festival, Anaheim, 2008

First place award winner – Golden Gate International Competition, Oakland, 1991

INTERNATIONAL TOURS

Western European Tour, 2016

Argentina, 2014

International Festival of the Aegean, Greece, 2011

Concert tour of China, 2007

Tuscany International Children’s Festival, 2005 and 1995

Concert tour of Australia and New Zealand, 2003

International Children’s Music Festival, England & France, 1999

Prague International Choral Festival and Competition, Prague, 1997

Three Spires International Choral Festival, selected participant, Denmark, 1993

FESTIVALS

Crescent City Children’s Festival, New Orleans, 2012

Annual Junior Bach Festival, Berkeley, 2013, 2009 and 2006

Crossroads Children’s Chorus Festival, Nashville, 2008

Heritage Gold Festival, San Francisco, 2008 and 2007

Pacific Rim Festival, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2006, 2003 and 2001

Oregon Bach Festival, Eugene, 2006

Santa Barbara Children’s Festival, 2005

10th Annual North American Children’s Chorale, Carnegie Hall, New York, 2004

Oregon Music Festival, Guest Honor Choir, Holt Hall, Eugene, 1994 and 1992

PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCES

Diablo Symphony Orchestra, Gypsy Magic, Regional Center, Walnut Creek, 2013

San Francisco Choral Society, Carmina Burana, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, 2012

Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall, New York, 2010

Opening ceremonies, Summer Olympics Countdown, 2007

Diablo Symphony, Carmina Burana, Regional Center, Walnut Creek, 2000

Televised Guest Appearance with Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Salt Lake City, 2001

California Symphony, Guest Artist, Fourth of July Extravaganza, Concord Pavilion, 2000 and1998

Carnegie Hall, Solo Performance, New York, 2004 and1996

Young Artist in Residence, CME Institute, British Columbia, 1999

Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Regional Center, Walnut Creek, 1999

Hungarian National Radio Show Guest Performers, Budapest, 1997

United Nations 50th Anniversary, Opening Ceremonies Celebration, San Francisco, 1995

Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Golden Gate Theatre, San Francisco, 1993

CONVENTIONS

50th Anniversary Convention, Shaklee Corporation, San Francisco, 2006

ACDA Western Division Performance, Los Angeles, 2000

ACDA Western Division Performance, Sacramento, 1994