Join the award-winning MBMS Choirs! Our choirs are designed to help singers develop strong healthy singing/vocal techniques while mastering musicianship and literacy skills. In choir, students make lasting friendships and perform great music in a variety of styles including classical, pop, jazz, and musical theatre. There are concerts held throughout the year, including a day of performance and fun at Disneyland! We prepare our students for auditions for regional, state, and national honor choirs, musical theatre shows, and other musical ventures!
We have a choir for every voice, regardless of prior experience! All students, grades 6-8th are encouraged to join! How to join? Select choir on the elective form!
Kate Crellin, Director of Vocal Music
Kate Crellin joined MBUSD’s music faculty in August of 2021 as the Choir Director for both MBMS and Mira Costa. Ms. Crellin is a vocalist, composer, educator, and conductor. Ms. Crellin holds a Masters in Choral Conducting from Queens' College, University of Cambridge, and a BA in Choral Music & Law, History, and Culture from the University of Southern California. As an educator, Ms. Crellin has taught pre-K through 12th-grade music in both public and private schools across Los Angeles.
Ms. Crellin is a published and award-winning composer, with her piece "Day of Fire and Sun," recently being chosen as JW Pepper's Editor's Choice.
Ms. Crellin is passionate about singing and teaching both classical and contemporary music. She has performed choral music across the world, including singing with the Rolling Stones in Indio, CA and touring across eight countries with various ensembles. Additionally, Ms. Crellin is active in the contemporary a cappella scene as a freelance arranger, performer in collegiate and pro groups, and staff of A Cappella Academy. For fun, she loves to travel, spend time with her friends, and walk her rescue dog, Maisie.
Gordon Glor, Accompanist
Gordon has been accompanying choirs since he was in seventh grade at Holland (NY) Middle School, when his choir director asked him to be the accompanist for the seventh and eighth grade choir. Gordon holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he majored in composition and minored in piano performance. After graduate studies at UC San Diego, Gordon served as staff accompanist at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, where he also taught piano classes and music theory. In 2007 Gordon joined the Angel City Chorale, a 180-voice community chorus led by artistic director Sue Fink, based in West L.A. He sings baritone with the Chorale, and serves as Principal Accompanist for the group. Gordon also enjoys serving as Principal Accompanist of the Angel City Youth Chorale (ACYC), which formed in 2018 in association with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Venice and Burbank. Since 2008 Gordon has been proud to be the accompanist at Manhattan Beach Middle School, and in 2020 he became the accompanist at Mira Costa High School. He looks forward to many happy experiences continuing to make music together with the supremely talented singers of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District community!