Founded in 1987, Ragazzi provides outstanding musical education and performance opportunities for boys and young men, ages 7–18. Over 200 singers — from over 100 schools and over 30 coastside and valley communities— participate in this internationally recognized program. Auditions are held in May, summer, and January.
Under the leadership of artistic director and co–founder, Joyce Keil, Ragazzi Boys Chorus performs a wide range of traditional and contemporary works for both the treble and changed voice. The chorus concertizes throughout the San Francisco bay area including Belmont, Berkeley, Redwood City, Pacifica, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, San Carlos, San Francisco, San Mateo, Saratoga and Stanford.
The chorus appears regularly with other outstanding Bay Area performing arts organizations. Ragazzi has performed with the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Opera San Jose, West Bay Opera, Lawrence Pech Dance Company, Peninsula Symphony, Masterworks Chorale and the Stanford University Symphonic Chorus, among others.
Ragazzi participated in the San Francisco Symphony’s recording of Stavinsky’s Perséphone, which was included in the Symphony’s Grammy award for best classical album in 2000. The chorus also produces its own discography, which is available for sale and sample.
Ragazzi Boys Chorus regularly tours in the United States and internationally to widen chorus members’ musical and cultural horizons, and deepen Ragazzi’s reputation for performance excellence.