Named after Chanticleer’s founder, Louis A. Botto, the LAB Choir is a mixed honor choir for singers ages 14-20. The  LAB Choir is currently in its 16th session. The purpose of the group is to promote high-level, small ensemble training for the area’s top young singers and to provide community service through free performances. The program includes rehearsals at Chanticleer’s home base, classes on advanced choral topics, participation in choral festivals, and performances for retirement communities and schools around the Bay Area. This current session of the LAB Choir has also been working closely with Chanticleer’s music director, William Fred Scott. Calls for membership in this ensemble are on-going and project-based.  A typical commitment is for weekend rehearsals over the period of 2 to 2 1/2 months, community performances on weekends and weekday school performances. If you are interested in joining, contact LAB Choir manager Toran Davenport at  Members are selected by teacher recommendation and an informal audition.


Chanticleer and its music director, William Fred Scott, are pleased to announce our seventeenth LAB session! 

The Louis A. Botto (LAB) Choir is Chanticleer’s mixed-voice, honors youth chorus for singers aged 14 through 20. Since its inception, the LAB Choir has developed a reputation for excellent pedagogy and the opportunity for talented young singers to collaborate and perform at the highest levels with others who share their passion for choral music.

Directed by Fred Scott and assisted by Cole Thomason-Redus, the session will take place in San Francisco, April 14-June 3, 2018. This session’s program will include favorites from Chanticleer’s vast repertoire in addition to Russian music and Appalachian folk songs. Post session performances will be scheduled according to singer availability.  

Thanks to the generosity of Chanticleer donors, LAB tuition is only $100! Auditions will be organized for singers new to Chanticleer’s programs.  Any singers who have participated in LAB or Skills/LAB are not required to audition.

To secure your spot and/or schedule an audition, please contact LAB Choir Assistant Director, Cole Thomason-Redus:


Rehearsal Schedule:

April 14, 15, 22 & 29

May 6, 12, 13, 20, 26

June 2 & 3


Saturday rehearsals will take place from 10:00am-3:00pm.

Sunday rehearsals will take place from 1:00pm-5:00pm.


Location: TBA, in San Francisco