Photo Courtesy Marin IJ/Stuart Lirette
`Til Dawn, Youth in Arts A Cappella ensemble is an advanced vocal music program for motivated young artists. `Til Dawn celebrates the value of the arts, encourages positive messages about meaningful social issues, and inspires children of all ages. The group performs a mix of rock, pop, blues, jazz and soul standards and contemporary hits, in addition to original songs by group members.
`Til Dawn is a tuition-based program, but no student is ever turned away because of inability to pay. Scholarship application available here.
Each May `Til Dawn holds auditions for new member and in June `Til Dawn has a full length concert to highlight each of the individual students and celebrate the seniors. In December we hold the SING OUT! an annual performance featuring `Til Dawn alum (Still Dawn) and the current `Til Dawn company. Sign up for our email list to get updated information on all things `Til Dawn.
`Til Dawn rehearses twice a week at Youth in Arts and participates in three weekend retreats throughout the year. The group maintains an extensive year-round performance schedule, singing at schools, community events and charitable benefits. In addition there are two annual events that occur -the winter “Sing Out!” which combines the current company along with esteemed alumni and an annual show at the beginning of June.
`Til Dawn released its first CD in 1995 entitled Get Motivated Baby. The group’s second album in 2000, In Toon, was runner up for Best High School Recording from the Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards (CARA). Songs in the Key of AWESOME (2004) won two CARA awards, one for Best High School Album and the second for Best High School Solo. The `Til Dawn CD Crescendo was released in December 2009, was nominated for Best High School Album and won Best High School Solo (Haley Keagan for “Til It Happens”).
Watch a recent music video created by `Til Dawn Alum Randy Shapiro.
Members of `Til Dawn receive hundreds hours of instruction and mentorship each year from Director Austin Willacy. Austin provides not only vocal training and direction, but also leads `Til Dawn members in discussions and retreats that build the group’s cohesion as well as the critical thinking and interpersonal skills of each member.
Austin is a professional singer and songwriter who performs and records both solo and with Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. artists The House Jacks. `Til Dawn members often have opportunities to see Austin perform with the House Jacks or his own band. Most years `Til Dawn will open for the House Jacks in at least one professional performance. Read more about Austin here.
Photo by Tim Porter
Each Spring `Til Dawn hosts competitive auditions. For more information about how to be part of `Til Dawn click here.
Megan Bober, Redwood `21
Megan has been singing for as long as she can remember. She loves to sing and play instruments including piano, guitar, and ukulele. She has been working with her voice coach, Amber Morris, for 4 years. She enjoys performing at open mics around Marin. Megan is in Performance Workshop in the music program at Redwood High School. Outside of music, she loves playing soccer and basketball. She is extremely excited to be a member of ‘Til Dawn!
Sheyla Cifuentes, Marin School of the Arts ’19
Sheyla is a 15 year old, attending Novato High School. As of right now she is in MSA at NHS and absolutely loves the program. She has learned so much, and is still wanting to learn more about music. Sheyla has been very passionate about singing ever since she was a little girl but never really took it seriously until she was in 7th grade. She auditioned to be on the voice kids, and unfortunately she didn’t make it but that didn’t stop her from doing what she loves. Ever since she heard about ‘Til Dawn she’s been trying to everything possible to grow as a singer to get to her dreams.
Angel Gregorian, Marin School of the Arts ’19
Angel has been singing since she could talk and loves poetry and performance. She was in choir when she was younger and has been going to occasional lessons and yearly workshops with Amber Morris. She is now studying at MSA with the Advanced Treble Choir. She will also be in Rock Band and Jazz Choir 2.
Kathryn Hasson, Marin Academy `19
Kathryn Hasson has been singing since she was 4 years old, and is extremely passionate about it. She currently takes voice lessons with Krista Wigle and attends Marin Academy, where she is a member of their music program. When Kathryn isn’t singing, she is…wait, no, she’s always singing. But sometimes she can be found reading, writing poetry, or petting dogs. She is extremely excited to be a part of ‘Til Dawn.
Anna McShea, Tamiscal `20
Anna McShea is honored to be a member of ‘Til Dawn. She has been singing most of her life, and has appeared onstage many times around Marin County. She performs in the San Geronimo Valley’s Family Music Hour, at the Fairfax Festival and local restaurants. She also appears at other venues as a soloist, lead, and a background singer. Most recently, she played Sandy in Grease. She was accepted into the CMEA Bay Section Honor Choir and the California All State Junior High Honor Choir.
Franco Munoz-McCue, Sir Francis Drake High`21
Franco has been singing for 1 year along with 3 years of symphonic band and 1 year of jazz band. Franco loves the community feel of music as a whole and loves to be in musical ensembles. He plans to countiue with his musical career through high school and into college with singing and jazz. He plans to make every year better then the last with school and music.
Rose Myers, Tamiscal ’18
Rose has been singing for over ten years. She sees ‘Til Dawn as an opportunity to engage in a multitude of vocal styles with the benefit of building long-lasting friendships along the way. Rose was a member of the Marin Girls Chorus where she studied and performed choral arrangements. Along with singing Rose also has played piano for four years and is in love with musical theatre. Music is the one thing in her life that keeps her going and she is excited to learn anything and everything she can about it. Rose represents students on the Board of Directors of Youth in Arts.
Will Noyce, San Domenico School ’19
Will has been in the White Hill Chorus, The Yes Chorus, the Marin Symphony Children’s Chorus and a number of musicals with Marilyn Izdebski. At Congregation Kol Shofar he has lead congregation musical components of religious services, holiday celebrations and plays. Will has performed with his band at Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley and True North in San Anselmo. He has also had private Vocal Coaching with April Grisman.
Malaina Ortiz, Marin School of the Arts `20
Malaina is a student at Marin School of the Arts for Vocal Music and Jazz Choir. She was a member of Marin Girls Chorus for 3 years, has performed as both lead roles and supporting roles in various musicals, sang in charity events such as Rely for Life and church events, and has sang the National Anthem multiple times for Sonoma Stompers and the San Rafael Pacifics.
Will Salaverry, Sir Francis Drake High ’18
Will has been performing music and acting since elementary school, when he debuted as one of Fagan’s boys in Oliver. Since then, he’s played the Wiz, Link in Hairspray, Doodie in Grease, and other fun parts, and spends summers with the Berkeley Rep theatre department.
Megan Shindelus, Novato High School `21
Megan has been involved with music for 4 years, transitioning from band to choir. She loves learning new things and involving herself in the social side of music. She enjoys listening to all types of music, but mostly likes singing jazz and pop. Most of her experience with singing has been solely dependent on teachers and peers, but she is excited to take a more solo approach.
Ian Sotnick, Tamiscal ’20
Ian has been singing for 10 years. He loves singing in groups and harmonizing. He sang in a quartet for a play and has been a soloist in White Hill’s chorus. He’s excited to be a part of ‘Til Dawn’s bass section.
Siena Starbird, Marin Academy `18
Siena did not start out a singer, or dream of songwriting until she had a good friend in 5th grade who had the voice of an angel. She began writing songs for her friend, and eventually got to be a good enough singer to sing them herself. Since then, singing and songwriting have become important means of expression for her.
Maud Utstein, Tamalpais High School `19
Maud is 15 years old and attends Tamalpais High School. She has been studying voice for the last six years, but has been singing since she could talk. Additionally, Maud also plays piano, guitar, and drums. Maud has always wanted to be part of an a cappella group, and being part of ‘Til Dawn is a dream come true.