About the San Francisco Girls Chorus

San Francisco Girls Chorus, founded in 1978, is a regional center for music education and performance for girls and young women, ages 5–18. Each year 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.

Annually, its dedicated young artists present season concerts, tour nationally or internationally, and appear with respected partner organizations, including San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera. SFGC’s 30th Anniversary season, 2008-2009, culminated in a performance at President Barack Obama’s swearing-in ceremony, and a debut concert at Alice Tully Hall at New York’s Lincoln Center. The Girls Chorus has won many honors, including, the prestigious “Margaret Hillis Award” in 2001, given annually by Chorus America to a chorus that demonstrates artistic excellence, a strong organizational structure, and a commitment to education. Other awards include three ASCAP awards for Adventurous Programming in 2001, 2004 and 2011, and five Grammy awards.

About the Postcard

These weekly ‘postcards’ from Artistic Director Lisa Bielawa are offered to our singers and the greater SFGC community as a way to learn more about the ecosystem of the arts, of which our organization is a part. They are also a way for the community to stay connected to the work she is doing outside our four walls, exploring new relationships with a broad variety of artists and organizations, growing our artistic circle.


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