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.
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. Contact us at email@example.com or 415-312-7787 to find out about our next open rehearsal.
Due to the COVID-19 situation, we have had to cancel our live performances this season. You can view videos from our recent concerts here.
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. There is also retreat and tour assistance available for Young Women’s Chorus singers.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for current tuition information. A generous need-based financial assistance program is available if our tuition is a barrier for your family. Please note that no tuition will be charged until a start date for rehearsals is finalized, based on City and County health orders and Public Safety guidelines.
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@example.com 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.
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, and 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.
In late August, there is a weekend Fall Intensive held in San Francisco for Vivo and YWC, and an overnight weekend retreat for YWC in the Fall.
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 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 First Unitarian Universalist Church and Center, 1187 Franklin Street (@Geary) 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 Chorus Page to see each choir’s rehearsal schedule.
Dr. Susan McMane is Artistic Director of YWCP and conductor of its premier chorus, the Young Women’s Chorus of San Francisco (YWC). Dr. McMane has a worldwide reputation for artistic excellence in choral music. Her imagination and passion challenge our young women singers to achieve their full potential in creating inspiring presentations that take choral performance to a new level.
We are hoping to return to regular rehearsals in late August, 2020. We will follow the City and County ordinances and local public health guidelines before reconvening, to be sure it is safe for all our singers and staff to return.
Have a question that isn’t listed here? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to answer any questions you have!