The San Francisco Girls Chorus School offers a program of unparalleled artistic and educational excellence, designed to take young girls from their first introduction to choral singing through a full course of choral, vocal, and theoretical instruction.
With campuses in San Francisco - at the Kanbar Performing Arts Center and Bayview Opera House - and in the East Bay - at the East Bay German International School in Emeryville - the Chorus School is comprised of seven levels: non-auditioned Prep Chorus, Training Chorus, Chorus Essentials, and Levels I-IV, which choristers move through as they develop musically. Choristers spend an average of two years in each level. The carefully structured training stages are designed specifically to increase technical skills, stamina and discipline in accordance with each chorister’s age and physical development.
This comprehensive music education includes the study and development of choral artistry, vocal technique, music theory, music history, and performing style. The discipline, teamwork, and concentration young girls learn in the Chorus School rehearsals and performances instills in them the values necessary for high achievement in music and in life.
The Chorus School annually serves more than 350 young singers from 160 schools in 45 Bay Area cities and all 9 Bay Area counties.
Successful completion of the Chorus School Training Program provides the singers with a beginning college-level knowledge of choral repertoire, vocal technique, and music theory. Upon graduation from Level IV, singers have the opportunity to audition for the Premier Ensemble - SFGC's acclaimed, GRAMMY Award-winning concert, recording, and touring ensemble.
Auditions are held each June for programs in San Francisco & East Bay (Emeryville). For information on Chorus School Auditions, including frequently asked questions, please click here. You can also contact Johann Joson, Chorus School Auditions Coordinator, by email, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone, at (415) 863-1752 ext. 301.
San Francisco Girls Chorus Code of Civility and Community
The San Francisco Girls Chorus acknowledges that respect for self and others is the foundation of excellence in music education. Whether we are choristers, chorister family members, faculty, or staff, we have a right to be in a safe, supportive environment. In efforts to maintain our commitment to high standards of academic and ethical integrity, we will work to foster the following:
We believe it is important to recognize how others view and relate to the SFGC community and recognize that we are part of a larger community. As such, it is our responsibility to represent the organization with a sense of dignity and professionalism.
We believe that a person’s views, ideas, and behavior best reflect the goals of the organization when the dignity of each individual is respected and when members of the community are considerate of the feelings, circumstances, and individuality of others.
We value the importance of taking responsibility for our own choices and actions.
We value an environment that facilitates collegial relationships, encourages mutual understanding among diverse individuals, and leads to addressing issues and differences in an atmosphere of mutual respect and civility.
We believe in the importance of working together with other choristers, chorister family mem- bers, faculty and staff in a spirit of cooperation toward our common goal of providing girls and young women with the skills, self-discipline and confidence to succeed in the music profession and in life.
We respect the diverse backgrounds of all members of our community and welcome the opportunity for interpersonal and group interactions.
We value, encourage, and facilitate free exchange of diverse ideas and points of view along with free speech and expression. However, we discourage uncivil speech or expression that infringes upon the ability of others to express themselves.