Ragazzi Boys Chorus, Joyce Keil, Artistic Director
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Ragazzi Boys Chorus provides musical education and performance opportunities for boys and young men ages five to eighteen. The chorus is comprised of about 200 singers from more than 100 schools and thirty communities who participate in this internationally recognized program. Under the leadership of Artistic Director and co-founder Joyce Keil, Ragazzi Boys Chorus regularly performs a wide range of traditional and contemporary works for both treble and changed voices throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Ragazzi can be heard in the San Francisco Symphony’s recording of Stravinsky’s Perséphone, which earned a Grammy award for Best Classical Album. The ensemble made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2014 and regularly tours in the United States and internationally to widen chorus members’ musical and cultural horizons, while also deepening Ragazzi’s reputation for performance excellence. Joyce Keil, Artistic Director and co-founder of Ragazzi Boys Chorus, has served on the faculties of the College of Holy Names, Notre Dame de Namur University, and Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco. She is the founder of the choral program and Advanced Placement Music Theory curriculum at Crystal Springs Uplands School. Under her baton, Ragazzi was named a CBS Best Choir of the Peninsula in 2013, made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2014, and has been cited by the San Francisco Chronicle as one of the elite youth choruses in the Bay Area. At the 2016 Western Regional Conference of American Choral Directors Association, Ragazzi was acclaimed for its innovative programming.