The Music Education program was a long-hoped-for goal initiated during the 2016-2017 school year with the objectives of offering free music programming to under-resourced students; introducing students to the choral art form; and paving the way for the next generation of choral music lovers. These programs have since grown in scope and reach, serving over 1400 students in 14 public schools during the pre-pandemic school year with its five-tiered program.
VOX offers the following programming to interested schools and students:
Assistant conductor Lori Marie Rios with students from New Village Girls Academy.
Justice Choir Program
Supported by a generous grant from Chorus America, the Justice Choir program is designed for middle and high school students and cultivates creativity through singing, body percussion, student-led discussions, group creation, and exploration of today's important issues through music, poetry, and history. This 12 week program, available for in-school or after school sessions, is built on the foundation of the Justice Choir Songbook and provides ownership and a deeper understanding of musical content and context to students with no previous musical experience.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Justice Choir Program or bringing it to your school, please contact VOX's Education Program Coordinator Emma Benatar at firstname.lastname@example.org
VOX offers its Choir Mentorship Program to middle school and high school choirs, including a free set of scores to a piece in VOX’s season repertoire; a workshop conducted by VOX’s Assistant Conductor as the choir rehearses the piece for its own performance; and free attendance at a VOX concert to hear the same piece of music performed by VOX. The program affords existing school choirs an opportunity to learn from a different conductor, to sing alongside a group of exceptional VOX singers and to see where they can go with their singing beyond their school choirs.
Choir Mentorship Program
Founding Artistic Director Dr. Iris Levine works with students from Ramona Convent Secondary School as part of the Choir Mentorship Program.
Assistant conductor Lori Marie Rios with the VOX 2019 Choral Scholars
"Vox gave me a lot of confidence in my musical skills and I learned new singing skills that I will carry with me for the rest of my life."
- Culver City Middle School Students
Choral Scholar Program
VOX’s Choral Scholar Program offers qualified high school applicants the opportunity to rehearse and perform with VOX, including one-on-one mentorship by VOX’s Assistant Conductor for 12 weeks. Participation in VOX’s June concert marks the culmination of the program.
"It was wonderful from start to finish! VOX rehearsals were the most efficiently and expertly run practices I've ever experienced and also the most fun, and that's a balance that VOX, and especially Iris, has shown me is attainable. I'm a better person and singer for having been surrounded by such awesome, talented, kind women!”
-Lucy Brooke, Choral Scholar
Assistant Conductor Lori Mari Rios and Artistic Director Iris Levine with three of our 2018 Choral Scholars
Interested students may apply for the 2023 program by submitting the following materials by February 13, 2023:
Application Form with requested signatures
Choral Director or Private Music Teacher Recommendation Form. (Teacher may send the form directly to VOX, or
may give the completed form to the student to include with her application.)
Send completed application and form by February 13th via email to:
Joanna Mitchell, Administrative Coordinator at email@example.com
Concert For Youth
A weekday concert during school hours, the Concert for Youth is conducted by VOX's Assistant Conductor and features the full chorus singing 50 minutes of repertoire, along with relevant commentary to engage and enlighten the students about choral music. Over 800 public school students from all over LA County are bussed to the beautiful sanctuary of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, and are treated to a demonstration by renowned organist Christoph Bull on the world’s largest church pipe organ. Study guides with details about the concert repertoire are provided to teachers prior to the concert.
Click HERE for a KUSC radio segment featuring the 1st annual Concert for Youth.
To view a recent Study Guide for VOX's Concert for Youth, click HERE.
If you are interested in attending the 2023 Concert for Youth on Friday, April 21st, click HERE to complete our Interest Form.
Youth Choir Festival
VOX is excited to launch its first annual Youth Choir Festival in April of 2023. The festival will offer six high school treble choirs the opportunity to perform a 15-minute set of repertoire for a panel of adjudicators. Each choir will receive constructive feedback from all three adjudicators, followed by a workshop with one of the adjudicators to perfect the ensemble’s choral tone as well as other musical elements from their performance.
If you are interested in participating in our first Youth Choir Festival on April 21st, 2023, please complete the form HERE and we will reach out with additional information!