YWCP offers three levels of choral experience. Each level has its own curriculum and musical objectives. Based upon an audition, a singer will be placed in a level appropriate for her age, vocal maturity and music reading ability. The grade levels are approximate markers, and some flexibility is given to certain situations. All YWCP ensembles teach young women substantial music skills, vocal technique and the joy of performing, as well as instill in her important life benefits such as confidence, focus, self-discipline, problem solving, responsibility and compassion. A singer who begins in YWCP’s first level (Prelude) may be promoted to the second level (Allegro) based upon her musical growth during the year. Acceptance into the highest level, YWC, requires a successful audition in which the singer demonstrates readiness for learning challenging repertoire, and performing with advanced vocal skill and professionalism.
- For young women in grades 2 – 7- Meets twice a week Wednesdays and Sundays from 4 – 5:30pm- No previous music training needed
Through a Kodály music curriculum, choristers learn basic vocal techniques, sight- reading and performance skills. They sing unison and two-part repertoire in many languages and present 2-4 public performances yearly.
- For young women in grades 5-10- Meets twice a week, Wednesdays and Sundays from 4 – 6pm- Some prior music skills needed, such as a solid understanding of music notation
Through a Kodály music curriculum, choristers learn more advanced sight-reading, treble clef note names and basic rhythms, as well as a free vocal production music theory, ear training, vocal technique, and performance skills. They learn to sing in two-, three- and four-part harmony with repertoire in many styles and languages. This ensemble begins advanced level repertoire and performs 4-6 times a year.
- For young women in grades 7-12- Meets twice a week, Wednesdays 6:30-9:00pm and Sundays 3-6pm- Once a month the Sunday afternoon rehearsal begins at 1:30 p.m. to accommodate extra time for sectionals
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. All members of YWC take voice lessons from a professional voice teacher in small classes every other week. Led by Artistic Director, Dr. Susan McMane, the YWC presents an annual concert series in the San Francisco Bay Area, tours nationally and internationally every year, and appears with renowned guest artists. YWC sings 10-15 concerts per season.
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Young Women's Choral ProjectsP.O. Box 170508 San Francisco, CA 94117Phone: 415.312.7787