FAQ

Questions About YWCP

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Our choruses sing a wide variety of musical styles, from the western classical tradition to jazz, world music and popular songs. The advanced Young Women’s Chorus sings challenging and adventurous music for women’s voices. They perform collaborative programs with other prestigious Bay Area ensembles across many genres, including jazz, classical, and contemporary music, and present multi-disciplinary programs with dance and theatre groups. 

Vivo, Allegro, and Prelude Chorus also learn a wide variety of styles of music and sing in many different languages. 

Vivo Chorus sings 3 and 4-part music; Allegro Chorus 2 and 3-part music; and Prelude Chorus sings unison and 2-part music.

Our fall 2023 semester begins in-person on Wednesday, September 6, 2023.

Each semester we have one day where potential choristers can observe and participate in a Prelude, Allegro, Vivo or the Young Women’s Chorus rehearsal. 

We have already held our spring open rehearsal, but please email [email protected] if you would like to observe a rehearsal this semester.

All of our choirs perform throughout the season. You can view our concert schedule, and view videos of previous performances.

No! We have girls from the East Bay, South Bay, and Marin who participate in our program.

YWCP is committed to helping all qualified young women be a part of this program. A generous need-based financial assistance program is available. Financial Assistance can be requested after your audition, during the registration process.

Please email [email protected] for current tuition information. A generous need-based financial assistance program is available if our tuition is a barrier for your family.

Our season runs from September through the beginning of June

We hold auditions for all four choirs for the upcoming season in late May/early June and late August. Vivo, Allegro, and Prelude also accept new girls mid-season. These audition are held in the beginning of January. 

Visit our auditions page to see when our next auditions will be, or email [email protected] for more information.

Membership in YWCP choruses requires an audition. A student’s acceptance and chorus assignment are based on her age, vocal ability, and musical experience. 

Check out our auditions page for more complete information on the audition process and to sign up for an audition.

Choirs are for girls in grades 2-12. 

We also offer two non-auditioned music classes, Dolce Singers for girls ages 4-5 and Arietta Singers for girls ages 6-7.

The premier ensemble, the Young Women’s Chorus, sings a season of 5-6 concerts in the SF Bay Area, including popular venues in the East Bay, South Bay and San Francisco. The Young Women’s Chorus also tours for a week to 12 days either nationally or internationally each summer. 

Vivo Chorus sings 4 or more concerts a year in San Francisco.

Allegro Chorus sings 3-4 concerts a year in San Francisco.

Prelude Chorus sings 2-3 concerts a year in San Francisco. 

To view our upcoming concerts, please visit our concerts page.

There is a required dress rehearsal before each concert at the selected venue.

Young Women’s Chorus singers also take voice lessons approximately every other week in small groups and two private lessons with an assigned voice teacher. Singers are assigned geographically to the teacher nearest the chorister’s home.

Other occasional bookings or Festival appearances are taken for the choruses if they support the artistic growth of the singers and the prestige of the organization.

Our rehearsals are held at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 2515 Fillmore St in San Francisco. YWCP rehearsal space was chosen for easy access to public transportation. Many of our singers come from the East Bay via BART and MUNI and others come into San Francisco in carpools.

Please visit our Choirs page to see each choir’s rehearsal schedule.

The Young Women’s Choral Projects prioritizes the health and safety of its choristers, staff, families, patrons and guest artists. As the COVID situation evolves, our approach will evolve as well; however, since singing is a higher risk activity, some of our protocols are more conservative to create the safest choral experience we can. 

Masking

Given the current low level of COVID-19 transmission in San Francisco and neighboring counties, YWCP does not require masking during YWCP activities. Choristers may wear masks depending on their individual comfort level.

YWCP will continue to monitor the case rates in the community, and reserve the right to amend this policy in the future as needed to protect YWCP staff and choristers.

Attendance

Before arriving at YWCP, we ask that singers do a self-screening for symptoms of illness. Anyone experiencing any symptoms of illness (frequent coughing, runny nose, sneezing, fever) should not come to rehearsal. If your child has allergies and not other COVID symptoms, they may attend rehearsal. Please inform the Rehearsal Coordinator if you are sending your child with any non-contagious symptoms that could be misinterpreted as COVID-19.

Please be aware that all YWCP programming is in-person and no online options currently exist.

Testing

As of this point, we do not require COVID testing before rehearsals, classes or performances.

Of course! We welcome anyone who identifies as non-binary and sings in the treble range.

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