Frequently Asked Questions
What are the developmental benefits of choral singing and music education?
Singing is the oldest musical art form, and is an integral part of every one of the world’s cultures. Singing in chorus helps build self-confidence, character, and important communication and collaboration skills. In addition, research has found that access to singing and music education for young children benefits language development, spatial-temporal skills, and can result in improved test scores. Singing in chorus is a fun, challenging, social experience where lifelong relationships and character are formed.
For a lot more great information on the wide-ranging benefits of choral singing, please read Chorus America's groundbreaking Chorus Impact Study.
When are auditions, and how should my daughter prepare for the audition?
Auditions for the San Francisco Girls Chorus School are held on May 31 and June 2 in San Francisco (Kanbar Performing Arts Center) and on June 1 in Berkeley (Crowden Music School). Auditionees are expected to come prepared to sing one song, which can include folk or musical theater songs.
How often do the Chorus School ensembles rehearse?
Twice weekly for Levels I, II, and III (Tuesdays & Thursdays in San Francisco from 4-6 pm OR Wednesdays & Fridays in Berkeley from 4-6 pm). Twice weekly for Level IV (Tuesdays & Fridays from 4:15-6:45pm in San Francisco; one Saturday a month from 9:30am-4pm). Dress rehearsals and performances may take place on weekends in either San Francisco or the East Bay.
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 & Fridays at the Crowden Music Center (1475 Rose Street, North Berkeley) from 4-6pm. We offer the same curriculum as the San Francisco program with the same Level Directors.
What are the requirements for acceptance to the Chorus School?
Auditions are open to girls ages 7 and up. 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 with music theory and reading music.
What if I can't afford the tuition?
The Chorus School has a need-based scholarship program, administered through the Elizabeth Avakian Scholarship Fund, for which we raise funds throughout the year. We encourage all who are interested in auditioning to do so, regardless of financial circumstances. If your daughter has been accepted and you would like her to be considered for a need-based scholarship, we encourage you to apply.
For information about auditions please contact Johann Joson, Chorus School Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 863-1752 x301.