SFGC Chorus Programs
Bringing the transformative power of choral music into the community!

SFGC Teaching Artist Christopher Street works with choristers in SFGC’s Bayview Chorus Program.

SFGC Teaching Artist Christopher Street works with choristers in SFGC’s Bayview Chorus Program.

Launched in 2018, SFGC’s Chorus Programs brings the transformative, life-changing power of SFGC’s choral music training programs into local schools and community centers.

The comprehensive music education taught through each chorus includes the study and development of choral artistry, vocal technique, music theory, music history, and performing style. The program is inspired by SFGC’s Kodály-based Prep Chorus curriculum, adapted to better serve, and be responsive to, members of the Bayview community. In addition to the proven successes of the traditional Kodály-based musical experience, choristers work with Street and Jefferson as creative collaborators in the development of  new musical compositions based on texts and musical improvisations gathered from choristers’ lives and experiences.

Choristers follow an educational arc inspired by SFGC’s Kodály-based music curriculum which meets the California State Board of Education Standards for Performing Arts. The curriculum includes American and multicultural folk music, games, and dances that foster the enjoyment of making music and develop musical skills, including reading, writing, improvising, interpreting, and describing music. Students use their voices, bodies, and rhythm instruments to make music, experience music, and internalize music. Singers also take first steps in reading from a choral octavo, increasing their ability to read both words and music. Students ultimately build listening and memory skills through weekly practice, and develop confidence and stage presence in preparation for their final performances, which bring together all of the skills they have learned through the course of the program.

Bayview Chorus Program

The first satellite Chorus Program was started in San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point Neighborhood, in partnership with the Bayview Opera House. The program meets each Tuesday after school and provides young singers ages 4-9 with the opportunity to develop their voices and musicianship in an exciting, culturally-guided, positive, age-appropriate environment. Students rehearse once a week at the Bayview Opera House with SFGC Teaching Artist Christopher Street and Associate Teaching Artist Othello Jefferson.

For more information on or to enroll your chorister in the Bayview Chorus Program, please contact Elaine Robertson at erobertson@sfgirlschorus.org or (415) 863-1752 x317.

Other satellite locations will launch soon, so stay tuned for more information!

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San Francisco Opera’s Opera Aria Program

Each school year, SFGC collaborates with the Opera to bring live choral music into local public schools through its Opera ARIA (Arts Resources in Action) suite of in-school arts education programs. 

ARIA programs connect professional, artistic and creative elements with classroom curricula. Through the lens of opera, students are introduced to music, creative writing, dance, theater and visual arts.

The Opera ARIA Network is built on these 3 key elements:

  1. In-school collaborative partnership between dedicated classroom teachers and SF Opera Teaching Artists.

  2. Participation in Professional Development sessions.

  3. One opera resource to ensure a multi-dimensional experience for students of all learning types.

(sfopera.org)

For more information on the San Francisco Opera’s Opera Aria program, please click here.