Chorus School Levels

The Chorus School provides the opportunity for girls ages 7 to 16 to develop musically at their own pace. Individual progress is measured within four graduated Level Objectives. While work toward Level Objectives occurs in every rehearsal, choristers schedule time each day at home to work on vocal technique, theory assignments and music repertoire memorization. There is much to learn both personally and musically at each level; each chorister, regardless of age, develops at her own rate.

Level IV, the most accomplished ensemble representing the San Francisco Girls Chorus School, is an ensemble of about 50 singers, ages 9-16. The Chorus School Level IV appears annually with San Francisco Opera, and has performed with San Francisco Bach Society, as well as for special performances for dignitaries. Many of these singers performed in San Francisco Symphony’s “An American Journey with Charles Ives” (2001), which earned a Grammy Award and received high praise from music critics. Full-length concert programs are presented twice per year. Level IV also includes a 25-voice small ensemble, appropriate for smaller performance spaces. Level IV performs with piano and a cappella.

Level III is an ensemble of about 55 choristers ages 8-13, which performs music for holiday events, festivals, dinners, luncheons, auctions, and other events. The Level III ensemble performs up to 40 minutes of music accompanied by piano.

Level II is an ensemble of about 60 choristers girls ages 8-12, which performs at community centers, senior residences, schools, and holiday functions. This ensemble performs up to 25 minutes of music accompanied by piano.

Level I is an ensemble of about 65 young choristers ages 7-9, which performs at intergenerational performances in homes.

Preparatory Chorus

The San Francisco Girls Chorus Preparatory Chorus began its first semester in January 2008, to provide young singers ages 4-7 the opportunity to develop their voices and musicianship in an exciting, positive, age-appropriate atmosphere.

Students are introduced to unison choral music and beginning vocal technique. Repertoire selection encompasses a wide variety of genres, including classical, folk, sacred, secular, and multicultural. Singers will take first steps in reading from a choral octavo, increasing their ability to read both words and music. Students build listening and memory skills through weekly practice, and develop confidence and stage presence in preparation for their final performance.

Following the methodology of educator Zoltan Kodály, folk music, games, and dances foster the enjoyment of developing musical skills, including reading, writing, improvising, interpreting, and describing music. Students will use their voices, bodies, and rhythm instruments to make music, experience music, and internalize music. Musical concepts include loud/soft, fast/slow, high/low, beat, simple rhythmic values, pentatonic solfege, and simple meter.

No audition is necessary for little singers to join Prep Chorus. Please call the Prep hotline at 415-863-1752 x370 or email for more information.

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