SF Girls Chorus
Stunning range, flexibility, drama, and power are among the hallmarks of the 41-year-old San Francisco Girls Chorus’s Premier Ensemble, recognized as one of the world’s leading youth vocal ensembles. Led by French Artistic Director Valérie Sainte-Agathe, the Premier Ensemble has achieved an incomparable sound that underscores the unique clarity and force of impeccably trained treble voices.
Praised by Gramophone Magazine as a “remarkable tapestry of teenage voices,” SFGC has been a champion of the music of our time since its founding, having commissioned more than three dozen works by leading composers including Philip Glass, Richard Danielpour, Aaron Jay Kernis, Gabriel Kahane, Augusta Read Thomas, and Chen Yi. In February 2018, SFGC released its most recent album, Final Answer, on Philip Glass’ Orange Mountain Music label. The album features Kronos Quartet, includes works by nine living composers, among them Philip Glass, Aleksandra Vrebalov, Lisa Bielawa, John Zorn, and Gabriel Kahane.
The Premier Ensemble has been recipient of numerous music industry awards, including five GRAMMY Awards, four ASCAP/Chorus America Awards for Adventurous Programming, and the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from Chorus America.
SF Ballet School
Established in 2004, the San Francisco Ballet School Trainee Program is comprised of students ranging in age from 15 to 19 who hail from across the globe. Prospective Trainees are chosen from the School’s most advanced level by School Director Patrick Armand and Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson. The goal of this pre-professional program is to help ease the dancers’ transition from the studio classroom to the professional stage. Trainees participate in technique classes taught by Mr. Armand, School Faculty, and Company Artists. Trainees also have the opportunity to choreograph and perform their own works as well as rehearse with established choreographers and perform classical and contemporary repertoire. These unique experiences are provided within a small, nurturing environment which allow for personal attention to each individual dancer. On average, Trainees present twelve performances a year throughout the Bay Area and participate in the annual SF Ballet School Student Showcase. Trainees are involved in Company productions such as Tomasson’s Nutcracker and Swan Lake among others. After completing the Program, Trainees go on to join San Francisco Ballet as well as many other renowned companies.
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