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OPEN CHORAL WORKSHOP/RETREAT (8/10) - San Gabriel Valley Choral Company - Monrovia, CA

Location: California, USA
Voicing: Mixed
San Gabriel Valley Choral Company
Zanaida Robles, Artistic Director
Monrovia, CA
Saturday, August 10, 2013
(with optional performance on August 11)
The San Gabriel Valley Choral Company invites the choral community of Southern California to join them in singing a preview of their upcoming season at the locale of their first concert:  the historic Aztec Hotel* in Monrovia.  Included is a Saturday afternoon workshop, where Artistic Director Zanaida Robles will lead the singers on an exciting tour of several selections of the 2013-2014 repertoire, and an optional Sunday morning performance of a spiritual at a Monrovia church service.
Saturday, August 10: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.    –   Workshop/Retreat @ Aztec Hotel* (311 W. Foothill Blvd., Monrovia).  Following will be an optional group dinner.
                                                                 (Locale and details to be announced.)
Sunday, August 11:  9:00 to 11:00 a.m.  –    Sunday morning warm-up/rehearsal and anthem performance @ First Presbyterian Church (101 E. Foothill Blvd., Monrovia)
Whether you’re looking for a choir to sing in and would like to try us out, or you are just seeking an afternoon of making great music, we welcome you to our workshop. Online registration is being accepted at  For more information, please contact or 626-579-2433.
* The Aztec Hotel is currently closed for remodeling.  We will be rehearsing in the newly restored lobby, which will be the site of the October 26 concert, “Songs in Darkness.”  Built in 1925, the Aztec was added to the National Historic Register in 2003.  See for pictures and more information.
Repertoire for Saturday’s workshop:
            Mozart – “Introit,” “Kyrie,” “Dies Irae,” and “Lacrimosa” from Requiem
            Dawson – “Every Time I Feel the Spirit”
            Rutter – “Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind”
            Ramirez – “Kyrie” from Misa Criolla               
            Gibbs – “Great God Almighty”
            Gilbert & Sullivan – Pirates of Penzance
$35 Registration Includes:
          Score Rental
          Accompanist Fee
          Light Refreshments
          Aztec Hotel Space Usage
          2 Free Tickets to Any 2013-2014 SGVCC Season Concert (a $40 value)
DEADLINE TO REGISTER:  Wednesday, July 31.  Singers who wish to sign up after that date need to contact or 626-579-2433 to see if there is still room available.
Visit for more information about the San Gabriel Valley Choral Company.
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For those who may be interested in joining us for the 2013-2014 season:
AUDITIONS FOR NEW SINGERS - August 16th through September 24th
  • Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings, August through June beginning 8/27 in Monrovia, CA
  • Please contact Chris Breese at or (626) 253-7248 to schedule an audition or for information on auditions and membership requirements.
Saturday, October 26:     Songs in Darkness - A supernatural evening of choral music in the stunning ambiance of the historic Aztec Hotel in Monrovia.
Mozart Requiem – “lntroit”, “Lacrimosa”, and “Dies lrae “
“Great God Almighty – Gibbs
“Ave Maria” - Mäntyjäarvi
“Dry Bones” – Strimple
“Stars I Shall Find” - Houston (women's voices)
“Sure on this Shining Night” – Lauridsen
“Der Feuereiter” – Wolf
“Daemon” – Orban
Saturday, December 21:   Winter Portrait
“O Come All Ye Faithful” - traditional
“Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind” - Rutter
“Three Hanukkah Songs” - Baker
“Hodie” - Stroope (w/brass)
“Gaudete Christus ist Natus - Medieval Carol
“Ave Maria” – Mäntyjäarvi
"Gloria" from Missa Kenya – Basler
“The First Noel” (with brass fanfare)
“Peace, Peace/Silent Night” (Sing Along)
Saturday, April 5:   Alma y Corazon (Soul and Heart)
“Romancero Guitano” – Castelnuevo
“Misa Criolla” – Ramirez
“Mata Del Anima Sola” – Estevez
“Eucaristica” - Casals
“Libertango” - Piazzola
Saturday, June 21 & 28: Pirates of Penzance
An abridged, semi-staged version of the classic comic operetta by Gilbert & Sullivan
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Founded in 1995 by Dr. Thomas M. Miyake of California State University, Los Angeles, the SGVCC is a non-profit choir based in Monrovia, CA.  The group’s repertoire has included music from the Renaissance period to recent works of the 21st century.  Along with more traditional selections, music performed has featured avant-garde, jazz, gospel, Broadway musical revues, and staged productions.  Comprised of singers from throughout the Southland, the choir provides an opportunity for its members to challenge themselves and to share their love of music with San Gabriel Valley residents.  More information about the chorale and the concert season can be found at
Zanaida Robles served for five years as director of classical choirs at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA).  Under her direction, the LACHSA classical choirs performed for numerous festivals, concerts, and special events at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and in venues throughout Southern California. Ms. Robles remains on faculty at LACHSA as instructor of vocal fundamentals while pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral music at the University of Southern California (USC).  As a DMA Teaching Assistant at USC, she directs the USC Thornton University Chorus.
In addition to her work at USC and LACHSA, Ms. Robles directs Discovery Camerata, a choral organization founded in 2005 to facilitate a semi-professional setting for emerging vocalists and composers.  She now leads an elite sextet of vocal music professionals performing choral standards, folk songs, arrangements, and new music.  Ms. Robles served for three years as director of the MusicUNTOLD Chorale where a focus of her work was to help illuminate significant works and composers that had been underutilized, unfairly criticized, and/or disregarded.  She has prepared choirs for performances with such artists as Josh Groban, Kristin Chenoweth, Audra McDonald and Wayne Brady.
Ms. Robles holds a Master of Music degree in choral conducting from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) where she was the graduate assistant conductor of the Northridge Singers and the Matador Master Chorale.  She also served as chorus master for the CSUN opera department and interim director of the CSUN Women's Chorus.  She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from California State University, Long Beach, where she was the first recipient of the four-year Dean's Scholarship for Distinction in the Arts.
Ms. Robles has performed as a concert soprano soloist and ensemble member throughout the United States, and in parts of Europe, New Zealand, and Australia.  She sings professionally with Pacific Chorale and the John Alexander Singers, and has sung under the batons of such conductors as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Pierre Boulez, John Mauceri, Leonard Slatkin, and Gustavo Dudamel.  Robles has been the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions including the Young Musicians Foundation Gladys Turk Scholarship, a USC Choral Department scholarship, a USC Black Alumni Association scholarship, two L.A. Artist of the Future awards, the NFAA Young Arts Level One Award in classical voice, two Charles Dolo Coker Jazz Awards, the KCET Emerging Young Artist Grand Prize, and the NAACP ACT-SO National Gold Medal for Music Composition.
Ms. Robles resides happily with her husband and two young daughters in Monrovia, where she herself grew up. She feels honored to have the opportunity to contribute to the cultural and artistic landscape of her community through her work with the SGVCC.
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