Training superb young musicians is a core part of our mission. Our after-school program offers students the chance to develop their talents and love of music in a learning environment that instills high personal standards and pride in performing at their best.
Chapel College Men and Boys Ensemble is a virtuosic choir in the English cathedral mode, where students work on a regular basis with some of the best adult choral professionals in the Bay Area. In past seasons, Chapel College boys have joined the Pacific Collegium in performances of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 and J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor.
The Choristers—a small group of boys age 8 to 13 selected by audition—receive intensive, personalized vocal instruction with an emphasis on individual responsibility, leadership, camaraderie, and the joy of making music.
Young men age 14 to 17 may audition for the Choral Scholars division of Chapel College. Choral Scholars receive valuable pre-professional training and opportunities to mentor the younger boys, and they rehearse regularly with professional singers—vitally important as they develop their newly changed voice.
Chapel College is led by Christopher Kula, artistic director of the Pacific Collegium and a renowned teacher of boy treble and adolescent male voices. He is joined by notable and talented vocal coach Shauna Fallihee, who provides additional individual and group training.
For boys interested in singing with our group who may not be ready for the Choristers program, we also offer a preparatory class focused on ensemble singing and fundamentals of musicianship, vocal technique, and theory.
At all levels, siblings receive a percentage discount off the full fee. Additional tuition assistance is available by request to the Pacific Collegium executive committee. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
A native of the Bay Area, Christopher Kula recently returned to California from Portland, Oregon, where he has been praised for his leadership of such ensembles as Portland Pro Musica, the choir of St. Mark’s Parish, the Portland Symphonic Boychoir, the Portland State University Women’s Chorus and others. He is regarded as a trendsetter in thematic and adventurous concert programming, and enjoys presenting musicians and audiences with unfamiliar and challenging literature. He has sung extensively as a choral professional, with Cantores in Ecclesia, Cappella Romana, Choral Cross-Ties and other ensembles. Kula holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from St. Mary’s College, Moraga, and studied music at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Southern California, San Jose State University and Portland State University. He has extensive experience training young singers, including several years at the Pacific Boychoir Academy directing the Intermezzi, Cantori and Changed Voice choirs and teaching music and foreign languages in their Day School program.
Renowned for her versatility and sterling vocalism, soprano Shauna Fallihee has sung a wide range of concert and opera repertoire with leading Bay Area ensembles, including the San Francisco Choral Society, Masterworks Chorale, West Bay Opera, Goat Hall Productions, Open Opera, AVE and Volti. In 2003, she made her Carnegie Hall solo debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Bernard Haitink in Beethoven’s Chor Fantasie. She was the winner of the 2007 Mu Phi Epison Young Artist Competition. Fallihee is a vocal coach at Campolindo High School and maintains a busy private voice and music theory studio. Her extensive teaching experience includes vocal coaching at Acalanes and Miramonte High Schools and voice clinics for the San Francisco Choral Society, Masterworks Chorale, the Piedmont Children's Choirs, and the Volti Choral Institute for High School Students. She received a bachelor’s degree in voice performance (with distinction in performance) from the the New England Conservatory of Music, went on to pursue graduate work in musicology at the University of New Hampshire, and holds a master’s degree in vocal pedagogy from Holy Names University in Oakland.