Class of 2024

Noemi Barbagli

Noemi joined Allegro Chorus in 2017, working up through the levels and entering YWC in 2020. This year, she has served as a Vivo Mentor.

Noemi’s peers describe her as: Empathetic; kind-hearted; caring; calming; sweet; approachable; someone who gives it her all.

In her thank you letter to our Board of Directors, Noemi writes: “Before I joined YWC, I was a shy young girl who was terrified of making mistakes in front of others. However, through this organization and its practices I’ve been able to grow into a now confident, outgoing young woman.”

Noemi will be attending Carnegie Mellon University in the fall, studying in the College of Social Sciences.

Chloe Faison

Chloe joined Prelude Chorus in 2015, and worked up through our Training Choir levels over the following four years. She entered YWC in 2019, and for the past two years, she has served as one of our S2 Section Leaders.

Among many other qualities, Chloe’s fellow choristers describe her as: Kind, dedicated, compassionate, considerate, calm and collected, down-to-earth, supportive, organized, a good driver, and a role model.

In her thank you letter to our Board of Directors, Chloe writes: “I joined Prelude in fourth grade. I had newly moved elementary schools and my new school had no choir program, so finding friends and creating beautiful music was a great way to transition into new communities. Since then, YWCP has remained one of the most constant communities in my life..”

Chloe will be attending UC Berkeley in the fall.

Lily Galante

Lily joined Vivo Chorus in 2018, advancing into YWC the following year. For the past two years, Lily has served as one of our S1 Section Leaders.

Among many qualities, Lily’s fellow choristers describe her as: Energetic, loving, compassionate, vibrant, bubbly, outspoken, determined, defiant, enthusiastic, fierce, and alpha male & muscle mommy.

In her letter to the Board, Lily gives us a glimpse into three distinguishing characteristics of YWCP choristers: “They are always thirsty for knowledge, are filled with poise and grace, and well, they speak up. These three are a delicate balance – things that I’ve admired in my peers, but struggled to find within myself…Through choir, I’ve learned to be inquisitive, graceful, and outspoken in my own way. I’ve learned that it’s okay to acknowledge your mistakes, and even better to fix them. I’ve learned to listen louder than I sing.”

Lily will be attending UC Davis in the fall and will major in Global Disease Biology. She’ll be rooming with her co-section leader, Catherine Ong!

Cecilia Heath

Ceci joined Allegro Chorus in 2016, advancing through Vivo and entering YWC in 2018. For the past two years, Ceci has served as one of our A1 Section Leaders.

Ceci’s fellow choristers describe her as: Reliable, diligent, supportive, hardworking, clever, strong, and responsible.

In her letter to the Board, Ceci helps us understand the true meaning of singing for our choristers. Ceci says: “YWC is a home. Every person in this group has celebrated with me on my best days and supported me through the harder ones. In a time where it is easy to feel disillusioned with the state of the world, each and every one of my fellow choristers reminds me just how much joy and love there is out there. It is rare to find a group of people where every single person is so deeply connected to everyone else, but the Young Women’s Chorus has done just that.”

Ceci will be attending the University of Denver in the fall and will study music and psychology.

Beatrice Hord

Bea joined Prelude Chorus in 2014, working up through the levels, and entering YWC in 2019. This year, Bea served as a Vivo mentor.

Bea’s fellow choristers describe her as: Strong, awesome, a fighter, beloved, loving, kind, honest, friendly, and the whole world in one person.

In her letter to the Board, Bea explains what it’s like to learn at YWCP. Bea says: “YWCP has taught me the power of song, the meaning of friendship, and that I have a valuable voice and a valuable song to sing. There have been multiple moments when I have questioned my value and my reason for being on this earth. But every Wednesday, when I entered the church doors, no matter how hard or painful my day was, my heart would heal. It could have been anything, my friends, my conductors, whoever is checking me in for attendance, but all I know is that when the piano started playing and I heard the voices from all around me, surrounding me in a warm hug, I knew my heart would beat and heal again.”

Bea will be working at the Marine Mammal Center over the summer, and attending UC Santa Cruz in the fall.

Nora Hunter

Nora joined Allegro Chorus in 2019, working up through Vivo and entering YWC this season. In fact, Nora was one of my first Vivo-YWC auditions.

Nora’s fellow choristers describe her as: Caring; cheerful; friendly; smiley; witty; funny; confident; and dedicated to her craft.

In her Letter to the Board, Nora writes the following about her takeaways: “As I move on to choir in college I’ll take with me the work ethic and musical skills I learned through YWC. I’ll carry with me the kindness I’ve seen and the friendships I’ve made here. But possibly more importantly, I’ll always remember to carry extra pencils to lend to a friend. Through YWC I’ve become a better person musically and interpersonally, and for that, I’m incredibly grateful.”

Nora will be attending Bryn Mawr College in the fall.

Heron Lundeen

Heron joined Vivo in 2018, entering YWC in 2019. For the past two years, Heron has served as one of Music Librarians. This year, Heron took on an additional role serving as a Mentor to Vivo.

Heron’s fellow choristers describe them as: Passionate, sincere; strong-willed; bold; empathetic; courageous; persistent; cool; caring, supportive, and radiant.

As Heron so eloquently wrote in their Letter to the Board: “In the beginning of my time at YWC, I recognized my voice as an instrument of music and a way of self expression. In the past few years, my voice has come to be so much more than that. I have learned to use my voice in contexts outside of this organization. I have learned that using my voice doesn’t necessarily mean singing. I have learned that I must use my voice as often as I can, and be sincere and honest when I do speak up. Through YWC, and through singing, I have learned that my voice is meant to be used.”

Heron will be attending UC Berkeley in the fall.

Kalpana Narlikar

Kalpana joined Allegro in 2017, advancing through our Training Choirs and joining YWC in 2020. For the past two years, she has served as one of our A2 Section Leaders –although she’s a true mezzo soprano!

Kalpana’s fellow choristers describe her as: Attentive; devoted; dedicated; responsible; diplomatic; “on top of it”; conscious; outspoken; attentive to detail; a true leader.

Describing her time at YWCP, Kalpana writes: “I am so grateful for this organization. I don’t think I would have been able to explore my love for choral singing to such depths without YWCP. This choir has made music and singing a huge part of my life, which I will continue to pursue. It has also connected me to amazing people who I’ve made many wonderful memories with.”

Kalpana will be attending Georgetown University starting in Fall 2025, and will spend the next year as a policy and legislation intern, as well as continuing as a martial arts instructor.

Sadie Oliver

Sadie joined Prelude Chorus in 2015, advancing through our Training Choirs into YWC in 2020. For the past two years, Sadie has served as one of our S2 Section Leaders with her bestie Chloe. They are a dynamic duo and it took me at least three rehearsals to not mix them up.

Sadie’s fellow choristers describe her as: Diligent; “a planner”; considerate; charismatic; sentimental; enthusiastic; poetic; “an honorary sister”; someone who lets the music win.

In Sadie’s Letter to the Board, she writes: “Singing in YWCP, I have learned the importance of setting my mind to a goal, and how rewarding it is when you have a community that wants to see you succeed. I have learned that my voice is stronger than I ever could have imagined, both in the range of notes I can sustain, and the power that comes when I use it to speak up for what I believe in. From the other singers in YWC, I have learned how to count quarter note triplets, how to be a better friend, and what the best places are to buy black stockings in bulk.”

Sadie will start her degree in UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources this fall. 

Catherine Ong

Catherine joined Vivo Chorus in 2017, advancing through our Training Choirs into YWC in 2018. For the past two years, Catherine has served as one of our S1 Section Leaders.

Catherine’s fellow choristers describe her as: Wise; talented; kind; friendly; calm; a good influence; a heavenly soloist; fun; amazing; a natural leader (boss); caring; and graceful.

In describing her experience at YWCP, Catherine writes: “Something that is well known to us, but not many others, is that singing in a choir requires so much listening. Not only to our director but to each other. When we listen we are able to blend with each other’s individual voices and create the sound of one voice… And this power translates into our friendships as well. Through this choir, I have been able to meet and get to know so many wonderful musicians, some of whom have become my closest friendships –ones that I will never forget.”

Catherine will be starting a degree in biochemistry at UC Davis this fall. She’ll be rooming with her co-section leader, Lily Galante!

Sarah Wolfe

Sarah joined Vivo Chorus in 2017, advancing through our Training Choirs into YWC in 2019. For the past three years, Sarah has served as one of our A1 Section Leaders.

Sarah’s fellow choristers describe her as: alpha, approachable, competitive, creative, thoughtful, Swag money 2k24, intelligent, articulate

“I have learned so much about myself during my time as a part of YWCP. I am coming out of these seven years with a better understanding of myself as a woman aware of the power behind my words and actions. This organization has encouraged me to expand my definition of what it means to bring beauty into this world. Beauty certainly has much to do with presentation, but it has so much more to do with strength and confidence. When I look around at all of my fellow choristers, I see a group of opinionated artists whose passion will make the world a better place.”

Sarah will be attending Barnard College to study art history and visual arts.

Audrey Wong

Audrey joined Vivo Chorus in 2019, advancing through our Training Choirs into YWC in 2020. For the past two years, Audrey has served as one of our A2 Section Leaders.

Audrey’s fellow choristers describe her as: Hardworking; thoughtful; attentive; intelligent; harmonious; organized; caring; an alto 2 icon.

In her Letter to the Board, Audrey writes: “Once I became a part of YWC, I learned that the power and beauty I experienced wouldn’t exist if not for the people who I could collaborate with and learn from. Each person we’ve worked with has taught me new ways of performing and expressing myself, and to view the music we make from a new perspective. I’ve also had the privilege of learning from fantastic directors and collaborative pianists throughout my time here. But most of all, what makes YWCP special is its community. Every chorister brings something unique to the organization and inspires me to improve and do my best at each rehearsal and performance. The friendships I’ve made at YWCP are truly invaluable.”

Audrey will be attending UC Berkeley in the fall.

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