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Young Women's Choral Projects of San Francisco

Category: Children's and Youth Choirs
Category: Community Choirs
Voicing: Women
Location: San Francisco, California, USA
YOUNG WOMEN'S CHORAL PROJECTS of SAN FRANCISCO
Susan McMane, Artistic Director
 
 
The Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco provides talented young women from across the Bay Area with exceptional interpersonal and musical experiences. Through the Young Women’s Choral Projects, participants from diverse cultural, educational and socio-economic backgrounds find their voices as singers, artists and women in a nurturing musical environment that empowers them to achieve artistic and personal excellence. The collaborative experience of learning and creating high-quality choral music fosters the development of each young woman both musically and individually, as well as teaches them important life skills like dedication, commitment to themselves and to one another, and working in community.

Our repertoire is diverse, coming from many periods in the western classical tradition, sung in many languages, and also include world music, jazz and Broadway selections. In addition, the Young Women’s Choral Projects is committed to expanding the body of choral literature for young women’s voices by commissioning original works and arrangements.
 
YWCP offers four ensembles:
 
Arietta Singers - non-auditioned, weekly class for Kindergarten and First Grade Girls

Arietta Singers emphasizes a foundation for healthy singing, while engaging the whole child in fun, interactive musical learning. It is an outstanding way to explore a girl’s interest in music and singing and her potential for future opportunities in YWCP.

Arietta Singers meets once a week for 45 minutes. Using a Kodály inspired curriculum, class members build basic musicianship skills and vocal technique while actively engaging their minds, bodies and voices in folk songs and dances, music games, simple percussion playing and age-appropriate unison choral music. Arietta performs for their parents twice a year. The class is limited to 15 singers.

Prelude Chorus - Beginning Division

- For young women in grades 2 – 7
- Meets twice a week Wednesdays and Sundays from 4 – 5:30pm
- No previous music training needed

Through a Kodály music curriculum, choristers learn basic vocal techniques, sight- reading and performance skills. They sing unison and two-part repertoire in many languages and present 2-4 public performances yearly.

Allegro Chorus - Intermediate Division

- For young women in grades 5-10
- Meets twice a week, Wednesdays and Sundays from 4 – 6pm
- Some prior music skills needed, such as a solid understanding of music notation

Through a Kodály music curriculum, choristers learn more advanced sight-reading, treble clef note names and basic rhythms, as well as a free vocal production music theory, ear training, vocal technique, and performance skills. They learn to sing in two-, three- and four-part harmony with repertoire in many styles and languages. This ensemble begins advanced level repertoire and performs 4-6 times a year.

Young Women’s Chorus of San Francisco (YWC) - Advanced Division

- For young women in grades 7-12
- Meets twice a week, Wednesdays 6:30-9:00pm and Sundays 3-6pm
- Once a month the Sunday afternoon rehearsal begins at 1:30 p.m. to accommodate extra time for sectionals

The Young Women’s Chorus is YWCP’s premiere performing ensemble and is comprised of singers who exhibit excellent vocal technique and exceptional musicianship skills. YWC sings challenging choral music for women’s voices, emphasizing classical compositions from all eras, and including world music, jazz and Broadway selections. All members of YWC take voice lessons from a professional voice teacher in small classes every other week. Led by Artistic Director, Dr. Susan McMane, the YWC presents an annual concert series in the San Francisco Bay Area, tours nationally and internationally every year, and appears with renowned guest artists. YWC sings 10-15 concerts per season.