Prep School FAQs

When and where are classes held?
Classes are 45 minutes weekly, and students register each semester.

Our San Francisco classes are held at the home of the San Francisco Girls Chorus 
: Kanbar Performing Arts Center, 44 Page Street, SF, 94102
Our East Bay classes are held at the Crowden Music Center in Berkeley: 1475 Rose Street, Berkeley, 94702
Mondays in San Francisco: 3:30 – 4:15pm or 4:30 – 5:15pm
Saturdays in San Francisco: 12:30 – 1:15pm or 1:30 – 2:15pm
Saturdays in the East Bay: 10 – 10:45am

When is registration?
We have registration periods prior to each semester. Registration is first come, first served basis. If you have not yet emailed or called the SFGC to inquire about the Prep Chorus, please call 415.863.1752, x370 to receive a packet.

How much is tuition?
Tuition is $950, which includes a $100 nonrefundable deposit. A $10 T-Shirt to be worn during performances must be purchased upon entrance to the program. (Additional T-Shirts may be purchased at your discretion.) Need-based scholarship assistance is available - call to request an application.

Is there an audition?

How are parents involved?
Parents are welcome to observe class, but are encouraged to let their daughters develop independently as well. Parents wishing to wait at the Chorus building may use the main-level lounge. A mid-semester classroom demonstration will be held for parents to ask questions and discover what the students are experiencing in class. A culminating performance and reception will be held on the final day of class. Please check the calendar for these important dates.

What happens when my daughter turns seven?
Girls may remain in Prep Chorus through age seven. At age seven, girls are invited to audition for the SFGC School. While participation in Prep Chorus provides an excellent foundation for further music study, it does not guarantee acceptance into the Chorus School, which is based on individual maturity and vocal ability, and gained through an audition process.

Is there a Prep Chorus uniform?
For weekly class, girls are to wear comfortable clothing that allows for stretching, dancing, standing, and sitting on the floor. For the mid-semester demonstration and final performance, all girls wear the Prep Chorus uniform, which includes:

• Prep Chorus T-shirt, tucked in
• Long blue jeans, plain design
• Close-toed shoes or sneakers
• Hair groomed and pulled away from the face
• No jewelry, make-up or nail polish

The Prep Chorus T-shirt costs $12.00.  One  tshirt is included in the cost of your registration.

What kind of curriculum do you use?
1. Kodály-based music experience: American and multicultural folk music,
games, and dances will foster the enjoyment of making music and develop musical skills,
including reading, writing, improvising, interpreting, and describing music. Students will use
their voices, bodies, and rhythm instruments to make music, experience music, and internalize
2. Introduction to choral music: Students will learn and memorize
unison choral pieces each semester, culminating in a performance for families and friends.
Repertoire selection may encompass a wide variety of genres, including classical, folk, and music
from around the world. Singers will take first steps in reading from a choral octavo, increasing
their ability to read both words and music. Students build listening and memory skills through
weekly practice, and develop confidence and stage presence in preparation for their final
3. Musical concepts covered: Singing in-tune, loud/soft, fast/slow, high/low, beat, rhythm: quarter
note, eighth notes, quarter rest, melody: pentatonic solfege, and simple meter.

Why is Prep Chorus now a year-long commitment?
Previously, the Prep Chorus year consisted of two separate 12-week semesters (September – December and January – April). Most choristers continued with Prep Chorus in the spring semester and registered for the same class day and time, allowing the Prep Chorus faculty to extend the curriculum and move forward with more advanced skills, concepts, and repertoire. In order to provide Prep choristers with the most consistent instruction possible, the SFGC has decided to implement a 24-week curriculum for the 2010-2011 Prep Chorus year. There will now be one additional Prep Chorus class beginning in January to meet the needs of any family wishing to begin the Prep Chorus program mid-year.

For more information, please contact:

San Francisco Girls Chorus
(415) 863-1752