What is the Young Women’s Choral Projects?
The Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco (YWCP) is a non-profit arts organization, a 501(c)(3), established to transform the lives of young women through excellence in choral music. YWCP began in 2012 and has many “projects” that connect young women to music. In our first season, we established an auditioned, advanced young women's chorus, Young Women’s Chorus of San Francisco (YWC), comprised of talented singers in grades 7 through 12 from across the S.F. Bay Area. In 2013 we offered a new ensemble, Allegro Chorus, for younger singers in grades 4-10. Allegro Chorus is a place to improve vocal skills and musicianship, and meet other girls who love to sing. Members of this ensemble receive vocal and musical training, including music theory, ear training, sight-reading, vocal technique, and performance skills.
Beginning in the fall of 2014, we will offer a beginning chorus, Prelude Chorus, a Kodály-based music literacy program, where young women in grades 2-7 will receive vocal and musical training, including ear training, sight-reading, vocal technique, and choral performance skills. A young singer will be auditioned, but needs no prior music training to join Prelude Chorus.
The mission of the Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco is to transform the lives of young women through exceptional artistry in choral performance, and to bring the expressive power of their music to the community, the nation, and the world. Through the Young Women's Choral Projects of San Francisco, a diverse group of choristers will strengthen their voices as singers, artists, and young women in a nurturing environment that empowers them to artistic and personal excellence.
Our choruses sing a wide variety of musical styles, from the western classical tradition to jazz, world music and popular songs. The advanced YWC 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. YWC sings 6-8 local and regional performances each year, and tours every year either nationally or internationally. Members of Allegro Chorus receive vocal and musical training, including music theory, ear training, sight-reading, vocal technique, and choral performance skills in many styles of music. The chorus learns music in 3 – 4 parts and perform at least 5 times a year. Prelude Chorus performs music in unison and two-parts, including a varied repertoire in many languages. Prelude presents 2-4 public performances yearly.
Dr. Susan McMane is Artistic Director of YWCP and conductor of its premiere chorus, YWC. Dr. McMane has a worldwide reputation for artistic excellence in choral music. Her imagination and passion challenge our young women singers to their full potential in inspiring presentations that take choral performance to a new level. For more information about Susan, read her bio.
Allegro Chorus is directed by Kodály choral music educator Danelle Johnson. Ms. Johnson brings over 25 years of experience in choral music and singing to YWCP.
Prelude Chorus is directed by Kodály choral music educator Samantha Maas-Baldwin, who has exceptional ability to nurture the love of singing in each chorister.
Prelude Chorus rehearses on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons from 4-5:30pm. Allegro Chorus rehearses on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons from 4-6pm. YWC rehearses on Sunday afternoons from 3-6 PM and Wednesday evening from 6:30-9 PM. Once a month, the Sunday afternoon rehearsal begins at 1:30 p.m. to accommodate extra time for sectionals.
There will be a dress rehearsal before each concert at the selected venue. YWC singers take voice lessons every other week (15 total for the year) in small groups. Singers are assigned geographically to the teacher nearest the chorister’s home. In addition, there is a weekend day camp for all choruses, held in San Francisco in late August, and an overnight weekend retreat in January for YWC. Other occasional bookings will be taken for the choruses if it is deemed important for 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.
YWC sings a concert season of 6-7 concerts in the SF Bay Area, including popular venues in the East Bay, South Bay and San Francisco.
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.
Tuition for the choruses will be published in June 2014. Please call for more information. Are there scholarships available? YWCP is committed to helping all qualified young women be a part of this program. A generous need-based financial assistance program is available. Scholarship application forms will be sent with acceptance letters. Tuition may be paid monthly, four times a year, or twice a year. There is also tour assistance available.
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Young Women's Choral ProjectsP.O. Box 170508 San Francisco, CA 94117Phone: 415.312.7787