The Peninsula Girls Chorus (PGC) is excited to be in our third decade as we continue to reach singers across the San Francisco peninsula with our excellent program. We have over 200 girls in six different chorus levels. Girls can start singing with us as early as age 6 and they move up through the levels as they mature and gain choral experience and expertise. Our six chorus levels are as follows:
- Repertoire, ages 6-8
- Allegra ages, 8-10
- PGC Coastside, ages 9-12
- Brava, ages 10-13
- Concerta, ages 11-15
- Ensemble, ages14-18
In addition to two major concerts every year, our girls perform throughout the community at retirement centers, company galas, tree lightings, professional and collegiate sporting events, and other events as they present themselves. Our performing groups, Concerta and Ensemble, participate in a choir tour every other year.
Besides all of the work and educational emphasis on performance practice and vocal technique, our girls have instruction in musicianship and music theory. All of our conductors have been trained in the Kodaly approach to music education (developed by Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly) and they have experience teaching in school music classrooms in addition to their work as choral conductors. Our conductors help our girls to learn to read music at sight, and also to demonstrate their knowledge through written musicianship work by completing all five book levels in the series, “A Young Singer’s Journey: An Integrated Approach to Music Literacy”. For more information on the Kodaly approach, please visit the Organization of American Kodaly Educators website here: http://oake.org/aboutus/kodalyphilosophy.aspx
Rehearsal times are as follows:
- Repertoire, Allegra, Brava, Concerta: Tuesdays, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. OR Tuesdays, 5:45 – 7:15 p.m.
- PGC Coastside: Thursdays, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
- Ensemble: Wed., 6:00–8:00 p.m.
All rehearsals except PGC Coastside are at the Burlingame United Methodist Church, 1443 Howard Ave., Burlingame. PGC Coastside meets at Alvin S. Hatch School, 490 Miramontes Ave., Half Moon Bay.