L.A. Children’s Chorus Names New Artistic Director

Fernando Malvar-Ruiz
Fernando Malvar-Ruiz

Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, internationally regarded choral conductor, clinician and educator, has been named the next artistic director of Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, one of the world’s foremost children’s choirs noted for its striking bel canto sound, announced Cheryl Scheidemantle, LACC chair. He assumes the post next summer on Aug. 1.
Malvar-Ruiz served from 2004 to July 2017 as music director of American Boychoir. His tenure was highlighted by some 200 performances annually and appearances with the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra and Vienna Philharmonic, among others. He has worked with conductors Pierre Boulez, Mstislav Rostropovich and Michael Tilson Thomas and artists ranging from cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pop legends Beyoncé Knowles and Josh Groban to opera singers Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman. He conducted the choir on six recordings and served as the music director on the 2014 film “Boychoir,” inspired by the choir.
Malvar-Ruiz becomes only the third person to lead LACC since its inception in 1986. He succeeds LACC Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson, who steps down at the conclusion of the 2017-18 season following a 22-year tenure. Under her, LACC has grown to serve some 400 children ages 6 to 18 in six choirs — Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, Young Men’s Ensemble, Intermediate Choir, Apprentice Choir and Preparatory Choir — and First Experiences in Singing classes and a First Experiences in Choral Singing Ensemble for 6-8-year-olds.
“As the chorus moves into its next exciting chapter, we are extremely pleased to welcome Fernando Malvar-Ruiz as LACC’s new artistic director,” said Scheidemantle. “He brings to the Chorus innovative and visionary artistic leadership.”
“I am deeply honored to be named artistic director of Los Angeles Children’s Chorus,” said Malvar-Ruiz. “I have great admiration for LACC and for the uncompromising education the institution provides its choristers.”
For more information on Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, call (626) 793-4231 or visit lachildrenschorus.org.

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