Ragazzi Boys Chorus, Joyce Keil, Director

Founded in 1987, 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. The chorus concertizes regularly throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and can be heard on the San Francisco Symphony’s Grammy award-winning recording of Stravinsky’s Pers√©phone. The chorus made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2014 and tours throughout the world to widen chorus members’ musical and cultural horizons, while also deepening Ragazzi’s reputation for performance excellence.

Joyce Keil has served as panelist, adjudicator, and guest conductor for music teachers and choirs throughout the western United States. She has served on the faculties of the College of Holy Names, Notre Dame de Namur University, and Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco. Ms. Keil 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 and made its Carnegie Hall debut in 2014.

As Associate Artistic Director of the Ragazzi Boys Chorus, Kent L. Jue conducts Avanti and oversees the program’s training department. His choirs have performed with Symphony Silicon Valley, West Bay Opera, and Redwood Symphony. He has also conducted youth choruses at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has performed and recorded with the Golden Gate Men’s Chorus and the gay men’s choruses of San Francisco and Boston. Mr. Jue earned degrees in music education from Holy Names University and University of the Pacific, and he completed his Orff-Schulwerk certification. Mr. Jue also currently serves as Ragazzi’s Executive Director, and he will assume the role of General Director at a future date.

(June 2019)

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