Vocal Music

The voices of Mayfield's Vocal Conservatory soar to wide acclaim

The Vocal Music Conservatory offers an immersion into serious study of vocal style and technique. All levels of experience and backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged to participate.

The conservatory consists of the Mayfield Women’s Ensemble and Advanced Women’s Ensemble classes. The stunning work of our choirs has earned Mayfield national acclaim at some of the top choir competitions in the country. 

The performance-based Women’s Ensemble explores the music from the Renaissance to the present, emphasizing standard choral repertoire and contemporary Gospel music while building skills in vocal technique, sight singing, music theory and ensemble performance skills.

The advanced class emphasis is on advanced vocal technique and tone production, sophisticated solo and choral literature along with audition and solo preparation. Master classes are frequently taught by profession opera singer and choir leaders.

Performances include the annual Carol Night, Mayfield Benefit, Music in May spring concert and participation in various choral festivals, field trips, community events and liturgies.

Videos: Virtual Choir

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  • Spring brings new life to Mayfield’s performing arts 

    As our community comes closer to in-person learning this spring, the performing arts Conservatory programs at Mayfield have been pioneering new ways to rehearse, perform and engage with audiences, while abiding by pandemic restrictions. This week, vocal music instructor Andrew Alvarez conducted rehearsals as part of a “car choir” with members of the Women’s Ensemble, and theatre director Maryanne Householder launched the first-ever Cubs Cabaret, which was open to all Mayfield student artists who wanted to take on some of Broadway’s milestones in monologues, dances and songs. We caught up with Mr. Alvarez and Ms. Householder to hear more about their recent projects.
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  • Musicians keep the beat at home

    Mayfield’s award-winning Women’s Ensemble has always embraced creative challenges, but making music remotely was a new feather in their choral caps. To build their virtual choir, students had to record solo tracks from their bedrooms, without the conducting cues they’re used to getting in the music studio. “Not having our conductor or accompanist made us focus on our counting a lot more,” said Sophia Paz ’20, and on “the musicality of each piece.”
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  • Photo of Andrew Alvarez

    Andrew Alvarez 

    Vocal Music Teacher
    (626) 799-9121 ext. 243
Established in 1931, Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, CA is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women grades 9-12. Noted for its rigorous academic program, which includes 28 Advanced Placement and Honors courses, Mayfield’s curriculum is underscored by a philosophy of educating the “whole child,” which also encourages commitment to and excellence in the arts, athletics, community service and spiritual growth. The nurturing environment at Mayfield Senior School allows each student to flourish in an atmosphere of personal attention.