Annual Kodály Honor Chorus Festival

30th Annual Kodály Honor Chorus Festival

May 20-21, 2017

Hall of Liberty

Open Rehearsal: Saturday, 9:00am – 12:30pm
Open Rehearsal: Sunday, 11:30am – 2:15pm
Performance: Sunday, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Guest Conductor, Donald Brinegar

This unique festival provides an excellent opportunity for music teachers of elementary age children to hear young singers in rehearsal and performance. Over 150 4th-6th grade choristers are selected from many schools all over the south-land to form this unique Honor Chorus. The festival marks the climax to a year’s preparation in their individual schools by Kodaly-trained* music teachers. Additionally, three young instrumentalists, recent winners of LACESMA’s annual music scholarships, will perform solo pieces.

If you are a choir director or music teacher and are interested in having your students participate in this event, please contact: [email protected] and fill out this interest form: 2017 KASC Honor Choir Registration
*Participating teachers are encouraged to have some Kodály training and be active members of KASC.


 Guest Conductor, Donald Brinegar

recently retired Professor of Music, Coordinator of the Music Department and Director of Choral Studies at Pasadena City College and adjunct Professor of Graduate Choral Conducting and Choral Voice at the University of Southern California.  He directed the Three Summer Masters in Choral Conducting at CSULA where over one hundred graduate conducting students from seven countries and twenty-one states have studied with Brinegar.  In the past he has been a lecturer in voice at Pomona College, lecturer in conducting and voice at California State University, Los Angeles and visiting lecturer at the University of Miami, Florida State University, University of Reno Nevada, Southern Oregon State University and the University of Missouri.   He also lead master classes in voice, conducting and historical intonation practices throughout the United States.

He has a distinguished career as a tenor soloist, conductor, educator and clinician.  His ensemble, The Donald Brinegar Singers, have sung to critical acclaim internationally and have over ten compact discs to their credit.  They were nominated for seven Grammy first-ballot awards in their highly acclaimed performances of Morten Lauridsen’s Madrigali and Ubi caritas. There were the featured choir in the world premire recording of Heitor Villa-Lobos’ Symphony #10 Amerindia with the Santa Barbara Symphony. They have performed premieres of over forty choral works including composers such as Mark Brymer, Bruce Babcock, David Childs, David Conte, Emma Lou Diemer, James Hopkins, Morten Lauridsen, Luke Mayernik, Joshua Shank, Brad Steed, Heitor Villa-Lobos, John Rutter, Z. Randall Stroope, Eric Whitacre, and Aaron Zigman.   The Singers can be heard the in the Disney movie Bridge to Terabithia and in the animated feature Battle for Terra.  The ensemble has performed at four American Choral Directors Association Conferences giving world premieres of Lauridsen’s Nocturnes and Z. Randall Stroope’s We Beheld Once Again the Stars at the request of the association.

Brinegar has prepared choruses for performances in the Hollywood Bowl, Disney Hall, Ambassador Auditorium, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the Pasadena Auditorium with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Pops Orchestra and the California Philharmonic.  He has been tenor soloist for Robert Shaw, Roger Wagner, Helmuth Rilling, Gerard Schwarz and Murry Sidlin to name a few and has collaborated with Henry Mancini, Barry Manilow, the Chieftains and Marvin Hamlisch in local performances.


Recently passed festival information:


29th Annual Kodály Honor Chorus Festival May 14-15, 2016 with Guest Conductor, Lisa Marxer

 Lisa Marxer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education (1987), and her teaching credential (1988) from the University of California inLos Angeles.  She completed her Kodaly Training in 2012 from the Kodaly Association of Southern California Summer Institute.  She has taught vocal/general/choral music in Kindergarten through sixth grade in the Los Angeles Unified School District since 1988.  She has also taught music theory to all levels for the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and the National Children’s Chorus.  She currently serves on the KASC board as editor and publisher of the chapter newsletter, the Crescendo. 
2015 marks KASC’s 28th Annual Kodály Honor Chorus Festival: April 25-26, 2015 at the Hall of Liberty
Guest Conductor: Julie Corallo
Ms. Julie Corallo began her work with the South Bay Children’s Choir in 2006 as the musicianship teacher and the following year was invited to join the staff. As Assistant Director at SBCC, she works with the Choraliers and Girls’ Chorus, and assists Diane Simons, the Artistic Director, with Bel Canto – the top performing ensemble. Using the Kodaly approach, she believes that all children can learn to read music and sing beautifully. Earning her Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and her Masters in Education at UCLA, she has taught music in Kindergarten through 9th grade since 1995. Having earned her Masters in Administration, she worked for a number of years as the K-12 Music Specialist administrator with the LAUSD, but recently decided to return to her first love – teaching music to school children.
2014 is our 27th Annual Kodály Honor Chorus Festival:  Saturday and Sunday, May 17-18
Lisa Fenderson, Guest Conductor
Lisa Fenderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Southern California (’81) and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting (’09) from the California State University at Los Angeles Summer Choral Master of Music program. She receives her Kodály training from the Kodály Association of Southern California. Since 1992, she has directed the choral program at the San Gabriel Christian School. The program consists of four choirs from grades K-8 and general music grades K-3. In addition, she teaches Kodály musicianship and music theory for the National Children’s Chorus in Westwood. She conducts the children’s choir annually for the Festival of Worship at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. Lisa also maintains an active piano teaching studio in San Gabriel. She serves on the boards of the Kodály Association of Southern California (KASC), the Music Teacher Association of California, Pasadena Branch (MTAC), and is a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).

Open Rehearsal: Saturday, 9:00am – 12:30pm Open Rehearsal: Sunday,  11:30am – 2:15pm Performance: Sunday,  3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (must attend Sun. rehearsal & performance for credit) Location:  Hall of Liberty, Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills