917 "C" Street
San Rafael, California 94901
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.
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. 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. `Til Dawn is featured in the winter “Sing Out!” which combines the current company along with esteemed alumni.
`Til Dawn can perform at your school, office party or private event. Click here for school Assembly information. For private events and parties, email Austin Willacy.
`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”).
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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.
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Each Spring `Til Dawn hosts competitive auditions. For more information about how to be part of `Til Dawn click here.
Grace Ashcroft, Marin School of the Arts ‘18
Grace directs an a cappella group at Sinaloa Middle School, her former middle school and is an active singer at Marin School of the Arts.
Maia Ciambriello, Tamalpais High School ’18
Maia had her first voice lesson at age five and has been passionate about singing ever since. Maia loves performing and has performed in musicals with Performing Arts Academy of Marin, Marin Theatre Company, San Francisco Children’s Musical Theater, Throckmorton Theatre, Sharon Boucher and The Jarvis Conservatory. When she is not in school, Maia enjoys soccer, taking dance lessons, hanging out with friends and of course, singing. She is beyond excited to be a member of ‘Til Dawn!
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.
Bjorn Jacobs-Frithiof, Sir Francis Drake High ’19
Bjorn was in the White Hill MS chamber choir and performed in recitals with Marin Community Music School. He was chosen for the American Choral Directions Association National Boys Honor Choir (middle school-junior high). In Utah, he worked under the direction of Bob Chilcott where he performed in the Abravanel Hall and in the Mormon Tabernacle.
Sara Lofrano, Novato High School/Marin School of the Arts ’17
Sara has been singing since sixth grade and has a passion for jazz and R&B. She has been in MSAs Rock band, Concert choir, Advanced Treble choir and Jazz choir and would sing all day if she could. When Sara is singing, she is a whole different person and likes who she is when she does what she loves. If she is not singing, you can Catch Sara playing soccer with her buddies or eating fruit at her brothers baseball games.
Nico Low, Marin School of the Arts ’18
Nico Low currently goes to Marin School of the Arts and is a part of their award winning Jazz Choir. Nico represents students of the Board of Directors of Youth in Arts. He has had a passion for music ever since he could remember. He studied piano with Melissa Domingos for 7 years and studied voice with Arden Sugarman for 5. He has studied many genres including Classical, Contemporary, and Jazz in hopes to be as well rounded as possible. ’Til Dawn is his opportunity to learn even more about the art of music and enjoys and appreciates every second of it.
Anna McShea, Sir Francis Drake High `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. She will be attending Drake High School as a freshman come Fall of 2016.
Rose Myers, Sir Francis Drake High ’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.
Will Noyce, Sir Francis Drake High ’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. He attends Sir Francis Drake High School.
Brenna Slatkin, Tamalpais High School ’17
Brenna loves singing, playing piano and song writing. Brenna has been singing her entire life and is really excited to be part of such an amazing group. She has performed at several Marin music venues and she sings and leads the High Holy Day services at Temple Emanu-El in San Francisco. Brenna also participates in the Tam High Choir and gives voice lessons to a few local students.
Ian Sotnick, Sir Francis Drake High ’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.