Chorissima is the concert, recording, and touring ensemble of the San Francisco Girls Chorus. The dedicated young artists of the ensemble, ages 12-18 years old, present a season concert series in the San Francisco Bay Area, tour nationally and internationally, and appear annually with renowned artistic partners, such as San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Symphony.
Membership in Chorissima is by audition, after graduation from the Chorus School. Chorissima rehearses three afternoons per week for two hours, with weekend rehearsals once a month. Additional rehearsals are added to prepare for the dozens of public performances that this ensemble sings each season.
Chorissima has taken several international tours, the most recent of which was in July 2011 when the ensemble represented the United States and performed in Cuba. In July 2007, they participated in the prestigious World Vision Children’s Choir Festival in Seoul, Korea, and in the Gateway to Music Festival at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. In August 2005, Chorissima was invited to perform at the 7th World Symposium on Choral Music in Kyoto and also at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan.
Chorissima has performed with numerous esteemed Bay Area ensembles such as Chanticleer, Kronos Quartet, Berkeley Symphony, ODC Dance Company, SF Contemporary Music Players, and others. Renowned pianist Susan Soehner is the accompanist of this ensemble.
Chorissima’s extensive repertoire includes commissioned works by prominent composers such as Chen Yi, Libby Larsen, Jake Heggie, Kirke Mechem, Jeeyoung Kim, Herbert Bielawa, David Conte, and Alberto Grau.
Chorissima’s discography continues to grow with a two-disc set entitled Heaven and Earth (2009). The music on this set represents some of the greatest sacred and secular repertoire ever written for treble voices. Other recordings include Voices of Hope and Peace (2006), that features many commissions. Other solo CDs include Christmas (2003), Crossroads (2000), a collection of world folk music, and Music From the Venetian Ospedali (1998), a collection of rediscovered music written more than two centuries ago for the all-girl choirs of Venetian orphanages. The New Yorker declared this recording "fresh" and described Chorissima as "tremendously accomplished."
The ensemble can also be heard on several recordings with the San Francisco Symphony, including the GRAMMY® award-winning CDs Orff: Carmina Burana (1992); Stravinsky: The Firebird, The Rite of Spring, Persephone (1999); Mahler: Symphony No. 3 and Kindertotenlieder (2004) and Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E-flat major (2009). Chorissima has appeared in two feature films, The Talented Mr. Ripley (2000) and What Dreams May Come (1998).
Chorissima is professionally represented by California Artists Management.
The Chorissima Ensemble, a chamber group formed from the section leaders and more advanced singers, is also available for bookings.
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