Biography

Ragazzi Boys Chorus is one of the Bay Area’s premier music and performance organizations for boys. Currently serving more than 200 boys from more than 100 schools in more than 30 communities, Ragazzi is the largest boys chorus in the region. Ragazzi means “boys” in Italian, and is the term used in opera to refer to children’s voices.

Ragazzi has performed with the San Francisco Opera, Opera San Jose, Symphony Silicon Valley, and the Stanford University Symphonic Chorus, among others. Ragazzi was honored for its contribution to the San Francisco Symphony’s Grammy Award-winning recording of Stravinsky’s Pers√©phone, and also produces its own recordings. Under the leadership of Artistic and Executive Director Kent Jue, the group tours internationally to widen chorus members’ cultural and musical horizons and deepen Ragazzi’s reputation for excellence.

Kent Jue, Artistic and Executive Director
Kent Jue is an experienced choral conductor, music educator, and facilitator for lifelong learning in music. An energetic teacher, adjudicator, guest clinician, workshop presenter, and mentor, he is known for building musicianship skills through his engaging style and rapport with students. He has a passion for uncovering the full artistic and expressive potential of individual choristers in an ensemble setting. Mr. Jue conducts Ragazzi’s most accomplished treble singers, Concert Group, and the select tenor and bass Choral Scholars. He has toured extensively with the Ragazzi program and has led Ragazzi choirs to numerous festivals. An avid collaborator, he has prepared ensembles for performances with the San Francisco Symphony, Symphony Silicon Valley, Opera San Jose, and West Bay Opera.
 

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