San Francisco Youth Chorus

San Francisco Youth Chorus

FALL 2019 REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
(AUG 19-DEC 19)

Join the ensemble that fits your grade and age, experience level, and schedule availability for rehearsals once a week, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays. Enjoy a $10 discount for payments by check (made out to “GATE”). Ask about payment plans, sibling discounts, and financial aid at admin@sfyouthchorus.org.

Grades PreK-KG PRIMA and grades 1-2-3 SCHERZO ensemble choristers, described below, are encouraged to register now but are also invited to visit us for Open House August 24, 4:00-4:45 for PRIMA and 5:00-5:45pm for SCHERZO at First United Presbyterian Church, 1740 Sloat Blvd, SF. This consists of a fun, simple rehearsal full of musical games, movement, and easy singing.


Grades 3-9 prospective choristers should sign up to receive a voice assessment, noted below with each ensemble. Please join us for a 30 minute visit, which includes sitting in on or observing rehearsal, and a simple voice assessment with one of our friendly directors; this consists of just a few minutes of fun, simple listening and singing exercises to help you understand your voice better and to help us find the best ensemble for you.

Visit us during one of our SummerGATE classes:
July 12 or 15-18 from 3-3:30pm
Lawton Alternative School, 1570 Thirty First St, SF
or
July 23-26, 29-31 from 9-9:30am or 12:30-1pm
St. Anne’s School, 1320 Fourteenth Ave, SF


CHORUS LEVELS

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- Training Department -

PRIMA | PreK-KG | No assessment | Fall semester
*Tuition: $400
Wednesdays 4-4:45pm | First United Presbyterian, 1740 Sloat Blvd, SF
1 spot left!

A joyful introduction to singing and musicianship firmly grounded in the Kodály and Orff Methods. Instruments, movement, and engaging songs and warm-ups are the heart of this curriculum. Singers are part of winter and spring recitals and full-chorus concerts. Additional outreach performance opportunities may also be offered.


SCHERZO | Grade 1-2-3 Beginners | No assessment | Fall Semester | Gerber
*Tuition: $415
Tuesdays 3:45-4:45pm | Lawton Alternative School, 1570 31st Ave, SF 
or
Thursdays 4:15-5:15pm | First United Presbyterian, 1740 Sloat Blvd, SF

(WAITLIST ONLY: Wednesdays 5-6pm | First United Presbyterian, 1740 Sloat Blvd, SF)

A continued exploration of singing and musicianship firmly grounded in the Kodály and Orff Methods. Choristers work on pitch-matching, vocal tone, vowel production, and breathing technique while studying a variety of songs from around the world. Bi-weekly music theory assignments help with learning to read music. Instruments, movement, and engaging songs and warm-ups are the heart of this curriculum. Choristers also work on being excellent performers. Singers are part of winter and spring recitals and full-chorus concerts. Additional outreach performance opportunities may also be offered.


FELICE | Grade 3-4 Beginners | Assessment required | Fall semester | Gerber/Hampton

*Tuition: $425
Tuesdays 4:45-6:15pm at Lawton Alternative School, 1570 31st Ave, SF

Following a brief vocal assessment prior to enrollment, singers focus on developing a beautiful and unified vocal tone while refining intonation and vowel production. Extensive work on vocal technique grounded in healthy breath support and yoga-based exercises. Singers will learn songs from multiple cultures in addition to classical, musical theatre, and jazz. Brief musicianship lessons will be worked into each rehearsal and combined rehearsal with the advanced Cantando ensemble will take place as part of the concert preparation. Singers are featured in winter and spring full-chorus concerts, outreach performances, and may be invited to join special concerts and tour.


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- Performing Department -

SONATA | Grade 3-4-5 Intermediates | Assessment required | Fall semester | Gerber
*Tuition: $425
Wednesdays 4-5:30pm at First United Presbyterian, 1740 Sloat Blvd, SF

Following a brief vocal assessment prior to enrollment, beginner and intermediate choristers focus on performance, discipline, responsibility, and displaying beautiful and unified vocal tone, intonation, and expanding their vocal range. There’s extensive work on vocal technique, grounded in healthy breath support and physical exercises. Singers learn music from all music eras and styles, spanning Medieval chant to contemporary pop. Musicianship/music theory lessons start every rehearsal, and choristers are looked to as strong contributors in combined rehearsal with lower-level ensemble. They are featured in winter and spring concerts alongside advanced ensembles, and winter and spring full-chorus concerts, outreach performances, and may be invited to join special concerts and tour.


ALLEGRO | Grades 5-6 Intermediates | Assessment required | Fall semester or Full Year | Hampton/Gerber
*Tuition: $450 semester or $750 full year
Thursdays 4:30-6:15pm at First United Presbyterian, 1740 Sloat Blvd, SF

Following a brief vocal assessment prior to enrollment, beginner and intermediate choristers focus on performance, discipline, responsibility, and displaying beautiful and unified vocal tone, intonation, and expanding their vocal range. There’s extensive work on vocal technique, grounded in healthy breath support and physical exercises. Singers learn music from all music eras and styles, spanning Medieval chant to contemporary pop. Musicianship/music theory lessons start every rehearsal, and choristers are looked to as strong contributors in combined rehearsal with lower-level ensemble. They are featured in winter and spring concerts alongside advanced ensembles, and winter and spring full-chorus concerts, outreach performances, and may be invited to join special concerts and tour.


CANTANDO & BOYCHOIR | Grade 6-7-8-9 Advanced | Assessment required | Full year | Gerber/Hampton
*Tuition:
$850 full year
Wednesdays 5:15-7:30pm at First United Presbyterian, 1740 Sloat Blvd, SF

Following an audition prior to enrollment, experienced choristers focus on performance, discipline, responsibility, and displaying beautiful and unified vocal tone, intonation, and expanding their vocal range. There’s extensive work on vocal technique, grounded in healthy breath support and physical exercises. Singers learn music from all music eras and styles, spanning Medieval chant to contemporary pop. Choristers also work regularly with our resident choreographer for each of our main performances. Occasional small group lessons are required before rehearsals, and musicianship/music theory lessons start every rehearsal. Choristers are looked to as leaders in combined rehearsal with lower-level ensemble. They are significantly featured in their own winter and spring concerts, winter and spring full-chorus concerts, outreach performances, special concerts and tour. Choristers also enjoy separate rehearsal (about a quarter of the total time) and performance time in ensembles of girls with Ms. Gerber and boys with Mr. Hampton, exploring their unique vocal attributes and interests, and developmental and social needs.