This May, BYU Singers will tour Northern California and Nevada, collaborating with high schools and performing at religious institutions, including two cathedrals. In Fairfield, California, the Singers hope to change students’ lives through the local community organization Music for Our Children. “Ever since the downturn, our music programs have been gutted, and we seek to restore that,” says Joan Gaut, board member for the local school district and board chair for Music for Our Children. “We don’t have music education in our community, and with [the BYU Singers visit] we can show [the kids] what is possible later down the road.”
Also in California, BYU Singers will collaborate with Danville’s Monte Vista High School choirs (in Walnut Creek) and with the Castro Valley High School choral program in Castro Valley, each of which BYU Singers director Dr. Andrew Crane either worked with or competed against in his youth. During those visits, the Singers will provide vocal instruction for the students and hold combined public concerts. Additional concerts will be in Reno, Nevada; and San Jose, Fresno, Modesto, and Merced, California.