Elektra Women’s Choir is proud to host the premiere chorus of The Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco in concert at Ryerson United Church at 7:30 pm on Monday, June 13th. With free admission for children and youth, the concert is part of Elektra Women’s Choir’s suite of Youth Outreach programs.
The Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco is quickly becoming recognized as a world-class choral organization for young women. Founded in 2012, YWCP’s mission is to transform the lives of young women through exceptional artistry in choral performance, and bring the expressive power of their music to the community, the nation, and the world. Through YWCP, participants of richly diverse socio-ethnic backgrounds find their voices as singers, artists and women in a nurturing environment that empowers them to achieve artistic and personal excellence.
The Young Women’s Chorus of San Francisco is YWCP’s premiere chorus, and has been praised for its beauty of sound, stellar musicianship, and dynamic programming. The young women, ages 11-18, are provided exceptional musical experiences such as singing on the San Francisco Opera stage with Jake Heggie and Frederica von Stade, and at Cal Performances with Kronos Quartet, as well as touring nationally or internationally every year. In 2014, YWC won two competitive, national awards, The American Prize in Choral Performance, high school and youth division, and the Dale Warland Singers Commission Award from Chorus America and American Composers Forum. After their tour to the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada, the YWCSF will record its first professional album at Skywalker Sound Studio in Marin County, California.
Artistic Director Dr. Susan McMane is a world-renowned choral conductor specializing in treble choral music. In 2012, she became the founding director of the Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco, where she conducts the auditioned, premiere chorus of young women from grades 7-12 and oversees the YWCP training program for younger girls.Dr. McMane was also the Artistic Director of the San Francisco Girls Chorus where she achieved national and international acclaim for that organization. In addition, she has served on the college music faculties of Saint Louis University, the University of North Dakota and San Francisco State University.
Dr. McMane has won many awards for her work including three GRAMMY® Awards with the San Francisco Symphony and the 2007 Symphony of Excellence Arts Award from the Pacific Musical Society.
Elektra Women’s Choir will open the program with three works recently performed at Podium, Choral Canada’s biennial conference in Edmonton, Alberta.
Here they are performing a work that they commissioned from Seattle Pro Musica’s Karen P. Thomas, entitled ‘The Singer’s Path’. Ryerson, Monday 13th at 7:30 pm – by donation, kids and students with ID free!