Now in its nineteenth season, the 325-member San Francisco
Girls Chorus (SFGC) has helped to establish girls
choral music as an art form in the United States. Chorissima
and Virtuose, the organizations concert and touring
ensembles, have represented the city of San Francisco
and the United States on seven international tours,
and perform throughout California as members of the
California Arts Councils Touring Program. Praised
for its stunning musical standard (San Francisco
Chronicle), the SFGC commissions music by American composers
and has introduced American audiences to many outstanding
Eastern European composers. The Chorus has researched
and revived masterworks written for girls voices
by prominent Italian composers of the 18th century.
The Chorus has performed and recorded with San Francisco
Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Kronos Quartet, Womens
Philharmonic, and other Bay Area ensembles. SFGC has
been San Francisco Operas resource for trained
girl singers for solo and ensemble roles since 1978.
Solo recordings by the Girls Chorus include the recent
releases A San Francisco Christmas and I Never Saw Another
Butterfly, and annual performance highlight tapes. The
Chorus also performed on San Francisco Symphonys
1993 Grammy Award-winning recording of Carmina Burana.
SFGC has been featured on Chorus Americas nationally
syndicated radio program The First Art since
1995. An SFGC series of choral works is published by
Alliance Music Publications.
The Girls Chorus Music Education Program has
been called a model in the country for training
girls voices (California Arts Council).
A faculty of 24 teaches singing, music theory, and performance
skills to 325 young musicians from 160 schools in 47
Bay Area cities. SFGCs Chorus School, a four-level
music training and performance program for apprentice
singers ages seven through sixteen, has choruses based
in San Francisco and in Oakland. Auditions for the Chorus
School program are held three times per year. Need-based
scholarships provide tuition and fee assistance to 27%
of SFGCs students.
SFGCs auxiliary programs include the Opera Arts
Training Program, a summer workshop for gifted singers
ages 12-17; Conducting and Music Theory Apprenticeships;
and the Alumnae Chorus, conducted by an SFGC alumna,
with singers drawn from the 200-member Alumnae Association.
The San Francisco Girls Chorus is funded in part by
the National Endowment for the Arts, the California
Arts Council, and Grants for the Arts/San Francisco
Hotel Tax Fund. For booking or audition information,
or to receive a performance schedule, call 415/673-1511.
SFGC is represented by California Artists Management
for regional touring.
SHARON J. PAUL
Sharon J. Paul is Artistic Director of the San Francisco
Girls Chorus and conductor of Chorissima and Virtuose,
the organizations concert and touring ensembles.
Under Dr. Pauls leadership during the past five
years, the San Francisco Girls Chorus has premiered
major works by American composers, and has represented
the United States at the 1994 World Conference of the
International Society for Music Education, the 1996
Spoleto Festival in Italy, and 1997 Taipei-San Francisco
Sister City Celebration in Taiwan. Prior to her appointment
as Artistic Director, Dr. Paul was Director of Choral
Activities at California State University, Chico, where
she was honored with Outstanding Teacher and Professional
Promise awards. She has been a consultant to Singapores
Ministry of Education in the area of choral music education,
and has served on the Music Grants and Policy Panel
of the National Endowment for the Arts.