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San Francisco Girls Chorus

San Francisco Girls Chorus

For more than 30 years, the San Francisco Girls Chorus has been recognized as one of the world's most respected vocal ensembles. Its level of training, performance, quality, range, and leadership in commissioning music for treble voices are lauded by musicians, critics, and audiences. San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas says, "The San Francisco Girls Chorus is a treasure. Their training, musicality, and vibrant spirit are evident whenever they perform. I have enjoyed our long association and look forward to many years of collaboration."

SFGC's 30th Anniversary season, 2008-2009, culminated in a performance in President Barack Obama's swearing-in ceremony, and a debut concert at Alice Tully Hall at New York's Lincoln Center.

Founded in 1978, the San Francisco Girls Chorus has become a regional center for choral music education and performance for girls and young women ages 5-18. 400 singers from 45 Bay Area cities participate in this internationally recognized program, deemed "a model in the country for training girls' voices" by the California Arts Council. The organization consists of a professional level performance, recording and touring ensemble and the Alumnae Chorus, both conducted by Artistic Director Susan McMane; the four-level Chorus School training program, supervised by Director Elizabeth Avakian; and a Preparatory Chorus for 5-7 year olds.

SFGC has won many honors, including the prestigious Margaret Hillis Award and two ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming in 1999 and 2004. The Girls Chorus is invited annually to perform with musical organizations including San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and others. The Chorus has been honored to sing at many national and international venues, including the World Choral Symposium in Kyoto, Japan in 2005. SFGC has been featured at the American Choral Directors Association Western Division Convention in Salt Lake City and represented North America in the prestigious World Vision Children's Choir Festival in Seoul, Korea, and in the Gateway to Music Festival at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing.

The Chorus School offers a program of unparalleled excellence, designed to take young girls from their first introduction to the art of choral singing through a full course of choral/vocal instruction. This comprehensive music education includes the study and development of choral artistry, vocal technique, music theory, music history, and performing style. The discipline, teamwork, and concentration young girls learn in the Chorus School rehearsals and performances instill in them the values necessary for high achievement in music and in life.

SFGC's discography continues to grow with a new release entitled Heaven and Earth. The music on this two-disc set represents some of the greatest sacred and secular repertoire ever written for treble voices. Other recordings include: Voices of Hope and Peace, a recording with many exciting SFGC commissions; Christmas, featuring diverse holiday selections; Crossroads, a collection of world folk music; and Music from the Venetian Ospedali, a disc of Italian Baroque music of which The New Yorker described the Chorus as "tremendously accomplished." The Chorus can also be heard on several San Francisco Symphony recordings, including five Grammy Award-winners.

Discography

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San Francisco Girls Chorus : Heaven and Earth : 00  2 CDs : Susan McMane : 

San Francisco Girls Chorus : Heaven and Earth

Review: The music on this two disc set is some of the greatest sacred and secular repertoire ever written for treble voices, selected to showcase the talents of the young members of the San Francisco Girls Chorus. The first disc, "Heaven," contains sacred music both accompanied and a cappella. Two of our favorites are mini-masterworks, Benjamin Britten's lovely "Missa Brevis in D," for voices and organ, and Francis Poulenc's mysterious "Litanies a la vierge noire." Disc II, "Earth," focuses on secular music to capture human qualities such as sorrow, joy, humor and hope. The centerpieces of the disc are three new commissions by Gabriela Lena Frank, Augusta Read Thomas and Dwight Nakamura. Frank's beautiful settings of two Peruvian poems, Thomas' elegant use of E.E. Cummings' poetry and Nakamura's jazzy take on Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies" are all very special. Conductor Susan McMane directs this renowned chorus in 24 beautiful tunes. A wonderfully packaged set with extensive liner notes would make a memorable, timeless holiday gift to your family and to others on your list!

Songlist: Psalm 150, Ave Verum, Missa Brevis In D, Toccata from Suite Pour L'orgue, Glory to God for This Transient Life, Litanies a la virge noire, Ave Maria, Ave Verum Corpus, Ave Maria, Ave Maria, I Dream a World, I Cannot Dance O Lord, The Water of Tyne, Two Mountain Songs, Two E.E. Cummings Songs, I Got Rhythm, National Weather Forcast, Blue Skies, Over the Rainbow

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9168c | 00 2 CDs | $24.95


San Francisco Girls Chorus : A San Francisco Christmas : 00  1 CD : Sharon J. Paul : 

San Francisco Girls Chorus : A San Francisco Christmas

Review: The 11 to 16 years old, 41-strong San Francisco Girls Chorus, conducted by Sharon J. Paul, was founded in 1978 and has established an international reputation through appearances at concerts,festivals and competitions, and radio programs such as NPR. Dwight Okamura accompanies on piano and Sarah Voynow on harp. "A San Francisco Christmas" features Britten's "A Ceremony Of Carols, Op. 28," "Personent Hodie," arranged by John Rutter, "Joy To The World," "Away In A Manger," "Good King Wenceslas," "Dime el Camino," "Ave Maria," "More I Cannot Wish You," and "Silent Night." The angelic voices of these young women soar as if in a cathedral, singing difficult classical music effortlessly and perfectly. A triumph!

Songlist: Procession, Wolcum Yole, There Is No Rose, That Yonge Child, Balulalow, As Dew In Aprille, This Little Babe, Interlude, In Freezing Winter Night, Spring Carol, Deo Gracias, Recession, Personent Hodie, Joy To The World, Away In A Manager, Good King Wenceslas, Dime El Camino, Ave Maria, More I Cannot Wish You, Silent Night

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6647c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | Some a cappella Childrens Choir Christmas


San Francisco Girls Chorus : Crossroads : 00  1 CD : Sharon J. Paul : 

San Francisco Girls Chorus : Crossroads

Review: Founded in 1978, the San Francisco Girls Chorus, for girls 11-16, conducted by Sharon J. Paul, has established an international reputation through appearances at concerts,festivals and competitions, and radio programs such as NPR. Technically, this CD is by Chorissima, the 41-strong acclaimed concert and touring ensemble of the SFGC. This is a powerful, impressive, internationally-flavored CD of 17 songs most lightly accompanied, from David Brunner's "Yo Le Canto Todo El Dia," and Pablo Casals' "Nigra Sum," to the Mexican folk song "Las Amarillas." The beautiful, extensive liner notes have all the words. Marvelous!

Songlist: Yo Le Canto Todo El Dia, Nigra Sum, Como Tu, Schlof Main Kind, Heaven Bound Train, Deep River, J'entend Le Moulin, My Lagan Love, Bellbird, Rainbird, Niska Banja, Taivas On Sininen, Picking The Seedpods Of Lotus, The Cataract Of Mount Lu, Queen Jane, Sachaki, Sachaki, Las Amarillas

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6643c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | Some a cappella Girls Choirs CDs


San Francisco Girls Chorus : I Never Saw Another Butterfly : 00  1 CD : Sharon J. Paul : 

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San Francisco Girls Chorus : I Never Saw Another Butterfly

Review: The San Francisco Girls Chorus, conducted by Sharon J. Paul, was founded in 1978. The 11 to 16 years old, 45-strong chorus has established an international reputation through appearances at concerts, festivals and competitions, and radio programs such as NPR. Subtitled "Songs Of The 20th Century," is from 20th century composers such as Charles Davidson, who put the poetry and artwork of young Holocaust victims into "I Never Saw Another Butterfly," the first 9 songs of this CD. Then come works by Grau, Pablo Casals, Ernst Krenek, Virgil Thompson, Arne Mellnas, Einojuhani Rautavaara, Judith Shatin and Laszlo Halmos, all sung by the girls' beautiful soprano voices. Dwight Okamura accompanies on piano and Todd Manley on percussion.

Songlist: It All Depends On How You Look At It , Man Proposes, God Disposes, Terezin, The Butterfly, The Garden, The Little Mouse On A Sunny Evening, Yes, That's The Way Things Are, Birdsong, Como Tu, Nigra Sum, In Paradisum, Seven Songs From The Medea Of Euripides, Aglepta, "Suite" De Lorca, The Wendigo, Tavaszi Kantata

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6644c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | Some a cappella Girls Choirs CDs


San Francisco Girls Chorus : Music From The Venetian Ospedali : 00  1 CD : Sharon J. Paul : 

San Francisco Girls Chorus : Music From The Venetian Ospedali

Review: The 11 to 16 years old members of San Francisco Girls Chorus, led by conductor Sharon J. Paul, have established an international reputation, since their founding in 1978, through appearances at concerts,festivals and competitions, and radio programs such as NPR. This is actually Chorissima, the 41-member concert and touring ensemble of the Chorus, and this is a tour-de-force CD of 17th century Italian sacred music. The angelic voices perform 32 classic, soaring songs by such composers as Vivaldi, Porta, Porpora and Brusa. Accompanied by various strings, oboe, trumpet and organ. Beautiful!

Songlist: GLORIA IN D MAJOR, RV 589 (c. 1716) ANTONIO VIVALDI, Gloria In Excelsis Deo, Et In Terra PaxHominibus, Laudamus Te, Gratias Agimus Tibi, Domine Deus, Rex Coelestis, Domine Fili Unigenite, Domine Deus, Agnus Dei, Qui Tollis Peccata Mundi, Qui Sedes Ad Dexteram Patris, Quoniam Tu Solus Sanctus, Cum Sancto Spritu, PANGE LINGUA NO.2 , Pange Lingua Gloriosi, In Supremae Nacte Coenae, Tantum Ergo Sacramentum, MAGNIFICANT, Magnificant Anima Mea Dominum, Et Exultavit, Et Misericordia, Fecit Potentiam, Gloria Patri, Sicut Erat In Principio, MISSA PRO DEFUNCTIS, Introitus: Requiem, Kyrie: Maestoso, Christe: Andantino, Kyrie: Capella, Sequentia : Dies Irae, Mors Stupebit, and more

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6646c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | Some a cappella Girls Choirs CDs


San Francisco Girls Chorus : Voices of Hope and Peace

Review: Beginning in 2004 with their desire to record "Anne Frank, A Living Voice," written for Chorissima's 25th Anniversary, "Voices" is the result of their search for work by women writers like Frank, who were longing for change in their situations. Joan Szymko's powerful "Vivos Voco" and "Nada Te Turbe" (with text by St. Teresa of Avila (1515-82), "A Hope Carol," and "Echo," which feature wonderful poems by Christina Rossetti (1830-94), and "I Shall Keep Singing," with text by Emily Dickinson, are fine examples. Libby Larsen's "The Womanly Song of God" and "Sing Me to Heaven," with text by Jane Griner, lead us into the lovely, haunting 7-part "Anne Frank, A Living Voice," which touches and moves us on many levels. "Hebrew Rounds for Peace" is an apt choice for the final tune. Light accompaniment throughout, and extensive, colorful liner notes. "Voices" is another beautiful, powerful, well-chosen collection by Susan McMane's talented San Francisco Girls Chorus.

Songlist: Vivios Voco, A Hope Carol, Echo, Nada Te Turbe , I Shall Keep Singing , The Womanly Song Of God, Sing Me To Heaven, Anne Frank: A Living Voice, Hebrew Rounds For Peace

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8553c | 00 1 CD | $15.95 | Some a cappella Girls Choirs CDs

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