Choral Fellow, Young Women's Choral Projects of San Francisco


The Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco is seeking applicants for its Choral Fellow Program beginning in the Fall 2018. The Program is designed to assist aspiring young conductors in developing “hands-on” experience and expertise in the art of choral conducting. The program is for one academic year. The Fellow will assist with weekly rehearsals and performances with our premiere Young Women’s Chorus, creating a positive, stimulating musical experience for our choristers. The YWCP Artistic Director will work closely with the Fellow to instruct him/her in conducting and the associated tasks and needs to be carried out throughout the rehearsal and performance period. This position is a yearlong internship. There is no salary associated with the position, or any fee or tuition expected of the applicant.


The candidate should attend YWCP regularly scheduled rehearsals, Wednesdays 6:30-9pm and/or Sundays, 3-6pm at First Unitarian Church, 1187 Franklin St. San Francisco, CA. The program is a yearlong commitment, September through June. Conference and planning times each week will be arranged with the Director, as necessary. Off-site rehearsals and performances will be scheduled, as needed. It is desired that the Fellow be available to attend the annual retreat the first weekend of February.


The Fellow will assist the Director in the following areas:

• Rehearsing standard choral, classical, contemporary and folk repertoire

• Demonstrating good vocal technique to choristers

• Instructing choristers in solid sight-singing skills

• Supporting and promoting the purpose and goals of the Young Women’s Choral Projects

• Encouraging and inspiring choristers to challenge themselves for optimum growth and success

• Taking role and calling missing choristers during each rehearsal of the Young Women’s Chorus

• Helping with

setting up rehearsal space and other small administrative duties

• Other tasks as defined by the YWC Director


• To rehearse and conduct in performance at least one choral piece each semester

• To obtain critique from the Artistic Director to improve your conducting and rehearsal technique

• To work with an advanced young women’s chorus

• To learn new choral repertoire in many styles

• To learn other administrative skills needed for the profession

• To be able to use this experience in applying for graduate schools or employment


Please submit a request in writing to Dr. Susan McMane, Artistic Director of the Young Women’s Choral Projects,, outlining why you desire this opportunity. Describe your experience and willingness to learn more about children’s and youth choral music education and performance. Questions can be sent to Susan McMane at the address above.