Summer Camps: Prep Chorus and Beginners & Beyond

ANNOUNCING our 2017 summer camps:
Prep Chorus and Beginners & Beyond!

Day Camps now enrolling in San Francisco:

Prep Chorus Camp, ages 4-7
Beginners and Beyond Camp, ages 7-11

All camps 9am-1pm, Monday-Friday, July 17-21

Activities include singing games, folk dancing and singing, music theory, Dalcroze eurythmics, and a final showcase performance!

No audition required!
Contact or call 415-863-1752 x317 for more information and to sign up.

Where are classes held?
Our year-round and summer San Francisco classes are held at the home of the San Francisco Girls Chorus, the Kanbar Performing Arts Center: 44 Page Street, San Francisco, CA 94102


Our East Bay year-round classes are held at the Crowden Music Center in Berkeley: 1475 Rose Street, Berkeley, CA 94702
Please note that there is no summer camp in the East Bay.

Who are the instructors?

Emily Ryan is our Prep Chorus Director.

All instructors have Master’s degrees in Kodály-based music education and have all taught in-class elementary school music and directed several children’s choirs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Download the 2016-17 schedule here *Please note: These class times are subject to change depending on enrollment.

When is registration?

The Prep Chorus school year for year-round programs has started but there is still time to join for fall 2017!  If you have not yet emailed or called the SFGC to inquire about the Prep Chorus, please call 415-863-1752 x317 to do so.

How much is tuition?

Tuition is $1,100, which includes a $100 nonrefundable deposit. A $10 t-shirt to be worn during performances must be purchased upon entrance to the program. (Additional t-shirts may be purchased at your discretion.) Need-based scholarship assistance is available–call us to request an application!

Is there an audition?


How are parents involved?

Parents are welcome to observe class, but are encouraged to let their daughters develop independently as well. Parents wishing to wait at the Chorus building are welcome. A mid-semester demonstration will be held for parents to ask questions and discover what the students are experiencing in class. A culminating performance workshop and reception will be held on the final day of class. Please check the calendar for these important dates.

What happens when my singer turns seven?

Choristers may remain in Prep Chorus through age seven. At age seven or eight, depending on each chorister’s individual music development, she may be recommended to audition for the SFGC Chorus School. While participation in Prep Chorus provides an excellent foundation for further music study, it does not guarantee acceptance into the Chorus School, which is based on individual maturity and vocal ability, and gained through an audition process.

Is there a Prep Chorus uniform?

For weekly class, choristers are to wear comfortable clothing that allows for stretching, dancing, standing, and sitting on the floor. For the mid-semester demonstration and final performance, all choristers wear the Prep Chorus uniform, which includes:
♪    Prep Chorus T-shirt, tucked in
♪    Long blue jeans, plain design without rips or tears
♪    Close-toed shoes or sneakers
♪    Hair groomed and pulled away from the face
♪    No jewelry, make-up or nail polish

The Prep Chorus t-shirt costs $10.00 and orders are placed at registration.

Why is Prep Chorus a year-long commitment?

Previously, the Prep Chorus year consisted of two separate 12-week semesters (September–December and January–April). Most choristers continued with Prep Chorus in the spring semester and registered for the same class day and time, allowing the Prep Chorus faculty to extend the curriculum and move forward with more advanced skills, concepts, and repertoire. In order to provide Prep choristers with the most consistent instruction possible, the organization decided to implement a 24-week curriculum beginning in the 2010-2011 Prep Chorus year.

What kind of curriculum do you use?

Kodály-based music experience: American and multicultural folk music, games, and dances will foster the enjoyment of making music and develop 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.

Introduction to choral music: Students will learn and memorize unison choral pieces each semester, culminating in a performance for families and friends. Repertoire selection may encompass a wide variety of genres, including classical, folk, and music from around the world. 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.

Musical concepts covered: Singing in-tune, loud/soft, fast/slow, high/low, beat, rhythm: quarter note, eighth notes, quarter rest, melody: pentatonic solfege, and simple meter.