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Singing with a group of friends is not only a fun, creative and rewarding way to spend some time but more and more studies are showing the various health, social and general well being of group harmony singing. Here are some places in your community where you can sing.

Choruses in San Francisco

International Orange Chorale

Recipient of the 2011 Chorus America / ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, the International Orange Chorale of San Francisco (IOCSF), led by Artistic Director Zane Fiala, was founded in 2003. Named after the color of the Golden Gate Bridge, the International Orange Chorale of San Francisco is an auditioned all-volunteer chamber choir devoted to performing established repertoire of all periods, with particular attention to contemporary music, including newly commissioned works by promising composers.

Type: Mixed Choral Chamber   Hometown: San Francisco

Audition policy: Ongoing Tryouts. We are always looking to hear new voices.

Rehearsal info: Rehearsals are most Sunday evenings (usually 5-8pm) in San Franciscoís Mission neighborhood.

Saringhimig Singers

Founded by Artistic Director George Hernandez, the group started as a chamber choir at the University of the Philippines and rapidly gained recognition as one of the best choirs in the country. Soon after, the choir trained primarily for competitions and embarked on several European concert tours participating in choral festivals, winning in distinguished choral competitions against many of the best choirs in the world, and reaping critical reviews from European critics thereby establishing an undisputable international reputation.

Type: Mixed Choral   Hometown: San Francisco

Audition policy: Ongoing Tryouts. While there is currently a waiting list for membership in the ensemble, we encourage you to visit one of our rehearsals and to sing with us. If you wish to audition, please plan on performing five short selections that show the widest possible range of musical and vocal color.

San Francisco Girls Chorus

For more than 30 years, the San Francisco Girls Chorus has been recognized as one of the world's most respected vocal ensembles. Its level of training, performance, quality, range, and leadership in commissioning music for treble voices are lauded by musicians, critics, and audiences. San Francisco Symphony Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas says, "The San Francisco Girls Chorus is a treasure. Their training, musicality, and vibrant spirit are evident whenever they perform. I have enjoyed our long association and look forward to many years of collaboration."

Type: Female Choral Childrens Choir   Hometown: San Francisco

Audition policy: Audition Required. Chorus School auditions are held in the summer and winter of each year for girls between the ages of 7 and 12. For younger applicants, no previous music experience is required. For older applicants, some experience reading music is necessary.

Rehearsal info: Chorus School rehearsals are held in San Francisco or Berkeley.

San Francisco Renaissance Voices

San Francisco Renaissance Voices made their debut in 2004 with a "standing room only" performance of Victoria's Requiem and quickly became a favorite of Bay Area Early Music audiences. We have consistently earned praise for our "gossamer sound ... a sound something akin to spiritual levitation" as well as recognition for our imaginative programming and christened the Bay Area's "hipper than thou" Early Music ensemble by San Francisco Classical Voice. We are dedicated to performing and exploring the a cappella choral music of the Renaissance particularly lesser-known and rarely-performed works, as well as exploring music from this period outside of the traditional European canon.

Type: Mixed Early Music Community   Hometown: San Francisco

Audition policy: Audition Required.

Cable Car Chorus

For over 65 years, the San Francisco Cable Car Chorus has delighted audiences with men's four-part a capella harmony in the traditional Barbershop Style. We sing at public events, private parties, concerts, and deliver Singing Valentines during that special time of year.

Type: Male Barbershop   Hometown: San Francisco

Audition policy: Ongoing Tryouts.

Rehearsal info: San Francisco, Rehearsal every Wednesday night from 7:15 P.M. to 10:15 P.M. in the basement assembly hall of the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

Loose Interpretations San Francisco

We've been performing all over the Bay Area since 2004. We mostly sing original arrangements of pop covers, though our repertoire spans several decades and musical genres, including songs by: Gershwin, Annie Lennox, Simon & Garfunkel, Madonna, Stevie Wonder, The Postal Service, and even a little Bon Jovi. (Yep, Bon Jovi. May he forgive us.) We currently have 13 active members.

Type: Female Contemporary   Hometown: San Francisco

Audition policy: Audition Required.

Rehearsal info: We rehearse Tuesday evenings from 6:45pm - 9pm in San Francisco.


Musaic's mission is to share beautiful men's a cappella singing with our Bay Area community. Our music is rooted in classical choral traditions, through a repertoire of many genres and languages. The members of Musaic are passionate about men's ensemble singing, and enjoy the artistic balance and musical fellowship it brings to our lives. Musaic was founded in 2000 as a few friends gathering to sing for our own pleasure. We took the name Musaic to represent a mosaic of song and voice. Since then we have performed over 100 concerts and produced five recordings.

Type: Male Choral   Hometown: San Francisco

Audition policy: Audition Required. Musaic is always looking for talented male singers.

San Francisco Chamber Singers

Established in 1989, the San Francisco Choral Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the performance of beautiful, inspiring choral music. To date, we have shared our joy and enthusiasm for choral music with more than 60,000 concertgoers.

Type: Mixed Choral Chamber   Hometown: San Francisco

Audition policy: Audition Required. We encourage all experienced singers to join us. Auditions usually begin on the Tuesday before the first rehearsal of each concert season. Auditions are conducted by Artistic Director Robert Geary and Assistant Conductor Bryan Baker, with the assistance of the section leaders for each voice part.

Rehearsal info: Rehearsals usually are conducted at Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 201 Eucalyptus at 19th Avenue in San Francisco


Slavyanka is a men's a cappella chorus based in San Francisco, California, and made up of amateur musicians from varied professions, including computer programmers, scientists, lawyers, and businessmen. The musical demands placed on the Chorus are quite high both because of technical content of the music and the nearly four octave range often required to sing it. We perform most of our music in Russian, though most of us do not speak Russian. Our chorus consists of 25 singers united by a common interest in the choral music of the peoples of Russia and Eastern Europe. Over the years we have compiled an enviable record of achievement.

Type: Male World   Hometown: San Francisco

Audition policy: Audition Required. Slavyanka Russian Male Chorus is seeking new members, especially high tenors and low basses. Russian language ability is not required.

Young Womenís Chorus of San Francisco

The Young Women's Choral Projects provides talented young women from across the San Francisco Bay Area with exceptional interpersonal and musical experiences. Through the Young Women's Choral Projects, participants from diverse cultural, educational and socio-economic backgrounds find their voices as singers, artists and women in a nurturing musical environment that empowers them to artistic and personal excellence. The collaborative experience of learning and creating high-quality choral music will foster the development of each young woman both musically and individually, as well as teach them important life skills like dedication, commitment to themselves and to one another, and working in community.

Type: Female Choral   Hometown: San Francisco

Audition policy: Audition Required. In your audition, we will determine what ensemble is appropriate for your age, vocal maturity and music reading ability. We offer three levels of choral experience, each with its own curriculum and musical objectives.

Richter Scales

The Richter Scales are a bevy of gentlemen songsters, all residents of the San Francisco Bay Area. They perform selections from a wide variety of genres, including American standards, Broadway, Motown, and contemporary music..

Formed originally as a band of semi-organized scavengers in the wreckage of the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, the "Richter Scabs" (as they were then known) didn't actually "sing a cappella" until the Fall of 2000. The intervening period, known as "The Lost Years" by current group members, was filled with raucous enterprises involving menial labor and incarceration. Most of those "tall tales" are, unfortunately, wholly inappropriate for these pages..

Type: Male Contemporary   Hometown: San Francisco


Volti's professional vocalists, under the direction of founder and Artistic Director Robert Geary, are dedicated to the discovery, creation, and performance of new vocal music. The ensemble's mission is to encourage, foster and showcase contemporary American music and composers, and to introduce contemporary vocal music from around the world to local audiences.

>In the fall of 1979, Robert Geary established The San Francisco Chamber Singers, opening that first season with an all-Bach program. Quickly favoring the music of Benjamin Britten, the choir soon began to sharpen its focus on today's music, and by the 1990s was focusing almost exclusively on premieres and commissions by living composers from the U.S. and abroad.

Type: Mixed Choral Chamber   Hometown: San Francisco

Audition policy: Audition Required. Volti auditions qualified singers on an ongoing basis. Normally, Voltiís season consists of 3-4 concert cycles plus special events (like caroling opportunities and the annual Choral Institute weekend), beginning in October and continuing through May. Cycles can be from 2-5 performances.

Artists' Vocal Ensemble

Founded on St. Cecilia's Day 2004, AVE brings to life many of the lost masterworks from the Renaissance and Tudor periods, using informed performance style and highly trained singers. While presenting programs of scholarly interest, AVE strives to create experiences that are emotional, spiritual, and contemplative. The concerts have a strong impact on audiences, where many describe feelings of being transformed and uplifted. AVE's intention is not to limit its audience to early and liturgical music devotees, but to offer this seldom-heard material for an audience of all ages, tastes, and sensibilities.

Type: Mixed Early Music   Hometown: San Francisco

Audition policy: Audition Required.

San Francisco Boys Chorus

The Grammy award winning San Francisco Boys Chorus (SFBC) was founded by Gaetano Merola and Madi Bacon in 1948 to provide trained boy singers for the San Francisco Opera, and is today led by Artistic Director, Ian Robertson.

Maestro Robertson, who also serves as Chorus Director for the San Francisco Opera, has since 1996 built SFBC to over 220 singers from 50 Bay Area cities and more than 120 schools at campuses in San Francisco, Oakland, and San Rafael in California.

The SFBC recently performed at the inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., and has performed for His Majesty King Gustav of Sweden; HRH Queen Elizabeth II of England; HRH Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall; Mikhail Gorbachev, President of the former Soviet Union; the late Pope John Paul II; General Colin Powell; Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi; Senator Dianne Feinstein; Senator Barbara Boxer; Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.\

Type: Male Choral Childrens Choir   Hometown: San Francisco

Audition policy: Audition Required. Auditions are held in September, January and April. Auditions are informal and last ten minutes. Boys are asked to sing a song of their choice, clap in time to rhythm, and match a pitch played on the piano. Boys are invited to join the Chorus on a three-month probationary period.

Rehearsal info: Rehersals Every Wednesday night from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. at Lakeside Presbyterian Church

Lesbian / Gay Chorus of San Francisco

Celebrating all sexual orientations and gender identities, LGCSF provides an open and artistic environment for singers committed to musical excellence. Our performances entertain, educate, and inspire audiences with the spirit of inclusion and harmony.

Type: Mixed Choral   Hometown: San Francisco

Audition policy: Ongoing Tryouts. The Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco is always looking for talented, dedicated performers to become part of our wonderfully quirky family. If you are looking for a diverse community with whom you can share your creativity and vocal ability, LGCSF might be right for you.

Rehearsal info: Rehearsals are held most Thursdays from 7-10 pm. Members are expected to attend all rehearsals whenever possible. Several additional rehearsals are usually scheduled each concert period including sectionals, retreats, and dress rehearsals.

Resound Ensemble

Resound Ensemble is a community of singers sharing intimate, engaging performances with audiences in the San Francisco Bay Area. We are committed in an eclectic repertoire that connects today's audience to the human experience through song.

Type: Mixed Choral   Hometown: San Francisco

Audition policy: Ongoing Tryouts.

San Francisco Bach Choir

Founded in 1937, the San Francisco Bach Choir is a group of skilled avocational singers dedicated to furthering the choral art by expanding the repertoire with rare early works and offering fresh perspectives on the masterpieces. Engaging modern sensibilities with the spirit of musical discovery, the Choir uses period styles and instruments to bring new ideas from old music, and offers professional level performances to Bay Area audiences.

Type: Mixed Choral   Hometown: San Francisco

Audition policy: Ongoing Tryouts. The seventy-voice volunteer choir holds auditions throughout the year. We have openings in all sections for experienced choral singers with good musical skills and an enthusiasm for participating in an active and dynamic musical organization.

Scales of the City

We're Scales of the City, a San Francisco co-ed a cappella group that performs all around the Bay Area. Based on the model of a collegiate glee club, we're a group of performers who love singing pop music from our childhoods and today, with a sprinkling of showtunes just for kicks. We're all about making great music to share, and having a great time doing it.

Type: Mixed Contemporary   Hometown: San Francisco

Audition policy: Audition Required. Scales of the City holds auditions at the beginning of each season (usually in January) and occasionally on an as-needed basis to fill vacant positions in the group.

Rehearsal info: Rehearsals are Wednesday Nights at ODC in San Francsico.

Keeva A Cappella

Keeva A Cappella was founded in 2005 by former members of the groups Sabela and Talisman A Cappella who missed the friendship and joy of singing together. We sing globally-inspired music, bringing harmonies from around the world to Bay Area audiences. A tremendous reception by our audiences has fueled our growth, and today we are fourteen strong, boasting alumni from a variety of college groups and other exceptional musical backgrounds. Although we all lead busy professional lives as doctors, lawyers, businesspeople, entrepreneurs, engineers, and non-profit gurus, we love to create great music while having fun together!

Type: Mixed Contemporary   Hometown: San Francisco

Audition policy: Audition Required. We are always looking for great singers

San Francisco Choral Artists

Since 1984, nationally-recognized San Francisco Choral Artists has inspired and delighted audiences with innovative, eclectic programming and stunning performances. Specializing in new music and the works of living composers, we present both vibrant premieres and choral masterpieces of the last 600 years

>To fulfill our mission to inspire a love of choral music among young people, we engage with local high schools and colleges. In the past five years the Choral Artists have partnered with the SF School of the Arts, UC Berkeley New Music Project, SF Conservatory of Music, St. Mary's College of California, and San Joaquin Office of Education Tenth Annual Fine Arts Day. And we touched over 1000 students as invited guests at the American Choral Directors Association convention in Anaheim, CA. Other musical partnerships have included performances with ensembles such as Philharmonic Baroque Orchestra, The Whole Noyse, Sonos, and Ateneo Chamber Singers of the Philippines.

Type: Mixed Choral   Hometown: San Francisco

Audition policy: Audition Required.

San Francisco Choral Society

Inspired by the joy of singing and hearing choral music, the San Francisco Choral Society strives to be a premier symphonic chorus through the outstanding performance of choral masterpieces and new commissioned works. Infused with a commitment to excellence and education, our professional artistic and administrative staff, soloists, and orchestras work collaboratively with our all-volunteer auditioned singers to foster a vibrant, diverse, and interactive choral community, educate our singers and audiences, and extend our reach to youth.

Type: Mixed Choral   Hometown: San Francisco

Audition policy: Audition Required. We encourage all experienced singers to join us. Music director Robert Geary holds auditions at the start of each concert season. At the audition, you will sing either individually or with a group of singers, depending on available time and the number of singers who want to audition.


Called "the world's reigning male chorus," by the New Yorker magazine, and named Ensemble of the Year by Musical America in 2008, Chanticleer will perform more than 100 concerts in 2010-11, the GRAMMY Award-winning ensemble's 33rd Season. Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for their "tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity," Chanticleer will tour to Canada and 22 of the United States, including appearances at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National American Choral Directors Association Conference in Chicago. In early 2010, Chanticleer gave 14 concerts in 11 European countries, appearing at many of Europe's legendary concert halls.

Type: Male Choral Professional   Hometown: San Francisco

Audition policy: Audition Required. Chanticleer offers full-time, salaried positions (starting high $30s) with benefits.

San Francisco Gay Menís Chorus

During the fall of 1978, a call went out to men in and around the Castro who liked to sing inviting them to a gathering with the purpose of possibly creating a chorus. The driving force was Jon Sims, the conductor of the Freedom Band. October 30 was chosen as the date of the first "rehearsal" to be held at Everett Middle School. The word went out, flyers posted around the neighborhood. Interest mounted leading up to that first gathering held at Everett Middle School. Around 100 men showed up on the first night. The atmosphere of excitement was described as palpable. The men sang "If They Could See Me Now" and "Stouthearted Men"! Little did the men who gathered those 35 years ago know they were actually giving birth to a world-wide LGBT Choral phenomenon that now boasts hundreds of choruses around the globe.

Type: Male Choral   Hometown: San Francisco

Audition policy: Consider becoming part of a truly extraordinary and talented group of openly gay men who reflect the very best of our entire community. We are always looking for a dedicated few to join us in our message of affirmation and pride.

Rehearsal info: San Francisco, Interested singers may sign up for an audition via our online audition registration. (linked)

Golden Gate Men's Chorus

The Golden Gate Men's Chorus (GGMC) was formed in 1982 by Dick Kramer, one of the founding fathers of the American gay choral movement. Under the direction of Joseph Piazza, the GGMC is a select group of 50 men representing the ethnic and social diversity of San Francisco who share a common appreciation of choral music. The GGMC presents high quality performances of men's choral music in annual spring, summer and winter programs, in addition to guest and community benefit performances throughout the year.

Type: Male Choral   Hometown: San Francisco

Audition policy: Audition Required. The Musical Director conducts auditions twice each year, generally in January and September. Individuals are expected to sing a prepared piece and are tested for sight-reading, tonal memory, range, and rudimentary music theory.

San Francisco Lyric Chorus

San Francisco Lyric Chorus is an auditioned, medium-sized, mixed-voice chorus that performs a diverse repertoire with an emphasis on classical choral music and rarely performed works. We are an inclusive and welcoming community of singers, committed to excellent musicianship and creative programming.

Type: Mixed Choral   Hometown: San Francisco

Audition policy: Ongoing Tryouts. Auditions are by appointment only. Please call Music Director Robert Gurney at (415) 775-5111 to schedule an appointment, or for more information. Auditions include demonstrations of sightreading, musicianship skills, range, and the ability to sing a part unaccompanied.

Rehearsal info: St. Peterís Episcopal Church, 1668 Bush Street


Founded in 2006, Clerestory is the Bay Area's acclaimed 9-man vocal ensemble. Clerestory's singers, from countertenor to bass, are veterans of San Francisco's finest professional vocal groups, including Chanticleer, Philharmonia Baroque, American Bach Soloists and others. The ensemble has been featured on National Public Radio and on San Francisco's KDFC.

Type: Male Choral   Hometown: San Francisco

Audition policy: Audition Required.


Musae is a women's vocal ensemble based in San Francisco. The group takes its name from the original "ladies of song," the classic nine muses of Greek mythology. Since its founding in 2004, Musae has performed diverse and accessible music throughout the Bay Area, and continues to stretch the boundaries of traditional repertoire for women's voices.

Musae functions as a musical collective in which each singer identifies as a leader and soloist contributing actively to the artistic process. The group's fourteen singers are trained in the choral tradition, but not bound by it. Each singer may sing a range of voice parts based on the aesthetic demands of the music, and the group performs largely without conductor.

Type: Female Choral   Hometown: San Francisco

Sound Wave Chorus

We are a dynamic chorus comprised of fabulous women of diverse ages and backgrounds who sing barbershop style a cappella harmony. SF Sound Wave is dedicated to continuous vocal improvement while creating great friendships and having fun! We welcome women who love to sing and are striving for excellence.

Type: Female Barbershop   Hometown: San Francisco

Audition policy: Ongoing Tryouts. San Francisco Sound Wave welcomes women of all ages and musical experience to become members and join in sharing music with the community.

Rehearsal info: Rehearsals on Thursday nights at 7:00 pm at St. Anneís Auditorium, 850 Judah Street, between 14th Ave & Funston.

San Francisco City Chorus

The San Francisco City Chorus, founded in 1979, is a self-supported, non-profit community arts and education organization that reflects the wonderful diversity of the Bay Area. We are an intergenerational group of 50-60 singers from various ethnic, economic and musical backgrounds that share a love for music, for singing and for our community. We are led by esteemed Bay Area musician Larry Marietta and accompanied by acclaimed organist John R. S. Walko.

Type: Mixed Choral Community   Hometown: San Francisco

Audition policy: Audition Required. All voice parts are welcome to audition. SFCC membership is open to all proficient choral singers. Commitment to consistent practice and excellent performance is required. In return, we offer you challenging and rewarding musical opportunities with a family of supportive, welcoming, and fun-loving musical colleagues.

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