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Auditions for girls between the ages of 7 and 15 for the San Francisco Girls Chorus School are held each June in San Francisco and Berkeley. For younger applicants between the ages of 4-7, no previous music experience is required for participation in the Preparatory Chorus.
For older applicants, some experience reading music is necessary. Chorus School rehearsals are held in San Francisco and/or the East Bay.
Upon gaining acceptance into the Chorus School, young singers have the unique opportunity to:
- Become members of an organization dedicated to the advancement of girls and young women through excellence in music
- Enjoy the company of over 230 choristers in bi-weekly rehearsals
- Perform classical, musical theater, and world music under the guidance of professional musicians
- Study vocal technique and learn sight singing, study skills and music theory
- Attend a 7-10 day summer music camp
- Learn to perform with poise and confidence for Bay Area audiences
The ideal candidate for participation in the San Francisco Girls Chorus School is an energetic child possessing the following music attributes that are generally considered requisite for the highest standards of performance in choral music: the aptitude to listen and hear differences in pitch, the ability to match tones with the voice, the capability to imitate rhythms correctly, and an instinct for singing. Choristers must cooperate well with others; be able to take verbal and written instruction for improvement, and have the capacity to focus and concentrate.
When are auditions? Auditions for the San Francisco Girls Chorus School are held each June in San Francisco and Berkeley.
How often does the Chorus School rehearse? Twice weekly for Levels I, II, and III (Tuesdays and Thursdays in San Francisco, from 4-6 pm; Wednesdays and Fridays in the East Bay, from 4-6 pm); and 2 times weekly and one Saturday a month for Level IV. Dress rehearsals and performances may take place on weekends.
What are the requirements for acceptance to the Chorus School? Auditions are open to girls ages 7 through 15. For younger singers, no previous music background is required. However, successful auditionees must be able to hear and match pitches, follow directions in the audition, be free of hoarseness and other vocal difficulties, and read simple sentences. Older auditionees should have some experience reading music.
What if I can't afford the tuition? The Chorus School has an excellent need-based scholarship program, for which we raise funds throughout the year. No matter what your financial situation, we encourage all who are interested to audition: if your daughter has been accepted and you need assistance, you may apply for a tuition scholarship.
I live in the East Bay. Can you tell me about the East Bay program? We offer an East Bay program for Levels I, II, and III that meets on Wednesdays and Fridays at the Crowden Music Center, 1475 Rose Street, in Berkeley, from 4pm to 6pm. We offer the same curriculum as the San Francisco program with the same Level Directors.