The Davis Children’s Chorale (Rachel Day Kessler, founder and artistic director) is an auditioned choir open to children, ages 8–14, from Davis and the surrounding areas. The chorale was organized in 1995 to perform the children’s chorus in the St. Matthew Passion for the Greater Sacramento Area Bach Festival. They appeared with the Davis and River City Chorales in a performance of the west coast premier of Andrew Charter’s e Deum conducted by the composer. This concert produced their first CD, The British radition. In July 1998, selected members of the group had their first international tour and participated in the Canterbury Festival in England, with additional appearances in Bath and London. The chorale’s second CD Two For The Price Of One was released in 1998. The chorale participates in area festivals and presents four or five concerts each year.
Rachel Kessler, director, Davis Children’s Chorale, is in her twentieth year as artistic director of the Davis Chorale, an ensemble that has appeared with Roger Wagner and Jean Berger. Hundreds of Davis teenagers have profited from her tutelage as chorus director at Ralph Waldo Emerson and Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior High Schools, as director of the junior high and high school choirs at the Davis Community Church, and as artistic director of the Davis Children’s Chorale.
The Pacific Boychoir Academy (Kevin Fox, music director) was founded in 1998 by a group of professional musicians and interested community members dedicated to boychoir training in the tradition of the world-class choirs of America and Europe. The Boychoir’s music staff is composed of experienced professionals committed to diverse repertoire and the pursuit of excellence. They employ Kodaly and Orff techniques and use the boychoir’s custom-design music and vocal instruction system to turn ordinary boys into extraordinary singers. The Boychoir’s music advisory council, made up of some of the most prominent choral musicians in the nation, advises the Boychoir’s music staff. The Pacific Boychoir Academy currently serves 55 boys from Oakland and the greater Bay Area participating in two choirs: the Training Choir and Concert Choir.
Kevin Fox, Pacific Boychoir music director, has been involved with boys choirs since the age of eight. He holds a degree in music from Wesleyan University, Connecticut, where he received the Lipsky Prize for outstanding scholarship in choral studies. He studied music at Oxford University, England, and choral conducting at Westminster Choir College in Princeton. He was proctor for the American Boychoir from 1996 to 1997. Fox has sung with the American Bach Soloists, the choirs of Trinity Church in New Haven, Trinity Church in Princeton, and currently sings with the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys in San Francisco. Fox is on the faculty of Cathedral School for Boys in San Francisco.
Lenore Turner-Heinson, soprano, began private piano instruction at the age of eight, followed by private vocal instruction at the age of 15. Last year she performed in Jerome Rosen’s Emporer Norton as Empress Norton. In 1979 she performed the role of Melibea in another Jerome Rosen’s opera Calisto and Melibea and has performed as guest soloist and principal artist in leading roles throughout the western United States covering the musical theater, operetta, operatic, and oratorio repertoire. She is recognized for her award-winning vocal and stage direction of several local productions and for the success of her private piano and voice instruction from her home studio in Woodland, through the UCD Music Department, and as minister of music at the Woodland Presbyterian Church.
Marla Volovna, mezzo-soprano, received her bachelor of music degree at New England Conservatory in Boston, and her master of fine arts in opera direction at Indiana