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YWCP offers four choir levels: Prelude Chorus, Allegro Chorus, Vivo Chorus and Young Women’s Chorus. Each level has its own curriculum and musical objectives. Based upon an audition, a singer is placed in a chorus appropriate for her age, vocal maturity and music reading ability. The grade levels are approximate markers, and some flexibility is given to certain situations. We also offer a non-auditioned class for girls in Kindergarten – 2nd grade: Arietta Singers.

All YWCP ensembles teach young women substantial music skills and through the study of music, each chorister learns important life lessons such as confidence, focus, self-discipline, problem solving, responsibility and teamwork.

A singer in our training choirs is promoted to the next level based upon her musical growth during the year. Acceptance into the highest level, YWC, requires a successful audition in which the young woman demonstrates readiness for learning challenging repertoire, and performing with advanced vocal skill and professionalism.

This fall semester all choirs will be taught online. This virtual experience will take a creative, artistic and fun approach to increase our choristers’ musical abilities by incorporating group and solo instruction. Choristers will get the opportunity to collaborate in at least one virtual recording project. We will be hosting virtual social gatherings to continue building and celebrating our YWCP community while meeting remotely.

 

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  • It is a gift to have a conductor who wants to learn about the singers as people as much as teach them music.

    Esmé Vivo chorister
  • YWCP’s young women achieve a level of artistry and interpretation, emotional impact, and sheer beauty of sound that is really a dream come true for a composer

    Frank La Rocca Composer
  • Every time I hear the girls sing I am brought to tears by the beauty of their voices.

    Marian SF audience member

Arietta Singers

  • For girls in Kindergarten – 2nd grade
  • Meets online once a week on Tuesdays from 4-4:45pm
  • No previous music training needed
  • Non-auditioned class

Arietta Singers emphasizes a foundation for healthy singing while engaging the whole child in fun, interactive musical learning. It is an outstanding way to introduce a young girl to music and singing, or prepare a young singer for the more challenging curriculum and rehearsal schedule of YWCP’s training choirs.

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, and unison choral music.

Arietta Singers meets September-May. The annual tuition is $1160 plus costume costs. Scholarships are available. The fall semester will be taught entirely online and we hope to move to in-person instruction this spring. We are closely monitoring the CDC and government guidelines, and will adhere to their recommendations.

For more information, please contact us.

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Beginning Division: Prelude Chorus

  • For girls in grades 2 – 6
  • Meets online twice a week Wednesdays and Sundays from 4:00-4:45pm
  • Music theory classes will be held on Wednesday afternoons
  • No previous music training needed

Through a Kodály-inspired music curriculum, Prelude choristers learn basic vocal techniques, sight-reading and performance skills, and meet other young girls who love to sing. A typical class will include folk dancing and games, acquiring music skills through solfege training and written music theory, and singing unison and two-part repertoire in many languages. 

This fall semester all choirs will be taught online. This virtual experience will take a creative, artistic and fun approach to increase our choristers’ musical abilities by incorporating group and solo instruction and each singer will get the opportunity to participate in a virtual choir video. We will be hosting virtual social gatherings to continue building and celebrating our YWCP community while meeting remotely.

We hope to move to in-person instruction this spring. We are closely monitoring the CDC and government guidelines, and will adhere to their recommendations.

Ready to Audition?

Learn more about auditions.

Intermediate Division: Allegro Chorus

  • For young women in grades 4-8
  • Meets online twice a week, Wednesdays and Sundays from 4:00–4:45pm
  • Music theory classes will be held on Wednesday afternoons/ evenings
  • Some prior music skills needed, such as a solid understanding of music notation

YWCP Allegro choristers have some musical training. Through a Kodály-inspired music curriculum, they develop a free vocal production, more advanced music theory, ear training, and performance skills. They learn to sing in two- and three-part harmony with repertoire in many styles and languages. 

This fall semester all choirs will be taught online. This virtual experience will take a creative, artistic and fun approach to increase our choristers’ musical abilities by incorporating group and solo instruction and each singer will get the opportunity to participate in a virtual choir video. We will be hosting virtual social gatherings to continue building and celebrating our YWCP community while meeting remotely.

We hope to move to in-person instruction this spring. We are closely monitoring the CDC and government guidelines, and will adhere to their recommendations.

Ready to Audition?

Sign up for our next audition.

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Intermediate-Advanced Division: Vivo Chorus

  • For young women in grades 6-12
  • Meets twice a week, Wednesdays 5:30-6:30pm and Sundays from 4:00–5:00pm
  • Written theory classes will be held on Wednesday afternoon/evenings and sectionals will be held once a month on Sundays from 5:00-5:30pm
  • Prior music skills are needed such as the ability to sight read a melody in a major key, demonstrate a free vocal production, and a solid understanding of music notation

Vivo Chorus is the most advanced level of YWCP’s training program. Here choristers learn advanced sight-singing skills, and study more complex music theory and ear training. In Vivo Chorus, the singers continue to develop their vocal skills to produce a free, strong, resonant voice.

This fall semester all choirs will be taught online. This virtual experience will take a creative, artistic and fun approach to increase our choristers’ musical abilities by incorporating group and solo instruction and each singer will get the opportunity to participate in a virtual choir video. We will be hosting virtual social gatherings to continue building and celebrating our YWCP community while meeting remotely.

We hope to move to in-person instruction this spring. We are closely monitoring the CDC and government guidelines, and will adhere to their recommendations.

Ready to Audition?

Sign up for our next audition.

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Advanced Division: Young Women’s Chorus of San Francisco

  • For young women in grades 7-12
  • Meets twice a week, Wednesdays 7:00-8:00pm and Sundays 4-5:30pm
  • Written theory classes will be held on Wednesdays from 6:00-6:30pm
  • Once a month sectionals will be held on Sunday from 2:45-3:45pm

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. Led by Artistic Director, Dr. Susan McMane, YWC presents an annual concert series in the San Francisco Bay Area, tours annually nationally or internationally, and appears with renowned guest artists. 

This fall semester all choirs will be taught online. This virtual experience will take a creative, artistic and fun approach to increase our choristers’ musical abilities by incorporating group and solo instruction and each singer will get the opportunity to participate in at least two virtual recording/video projects. YWC singers will also receive 7 private online lessons with a YWCP voice teacher this fall. We will be hosting virtual social gatherings to continue building and celebrating our YWCP community while meeting remotely.

We hope to move to in-person instruction this spring. We are closely monitoring the CDC and government guidelines, and will adhere to their recommendations.

Ready to Audition?

Sign up for our next audition.