Rehearsals and performances are the heartbeat of the San Francisco Boys Chorus. They are where choristers learn and present repertoire – and where lifelong friendships develop.
Open and Closed Rehearsals
Rehearsals are generally closed – meaning that parents, guardians, and other visitors are not permitted to attend. This policy allows choristers, faculty, and music staff to focus on rehearsals, lessons, and the important work that leads to a unified choral concert.
The SFBC has open rehearsals twice a year. These are special days when parents, family, and friends can watch a rehearsal in action.
As a way to see closed rehearsals, parents are encouraged to volunteer as Parent Monitors (teacher aides) during rehearsals.
A “sectional” is a rehearsal where all boys on the same voice part break away to rehearse just their musical part. For instance, the 2nd sopranos might be called into another room – or to a special rehearsal – to go over just their part of music. This strengthens the sound once combined again with their peers who are singing other parts.
Three Bay Area Rehearal Locations
SFBC enrolls over 200 choristers at three Bay Area locations which are separate from SFBC’s administrative offices. The San Francisco base was founded in 1948; the East Bay in January 2003; and the Marin County in 2004.
Regular Weekly Schedule
San Francisco rehearsals are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from September to June at the Kanbar Performing Arts Center, 44 Page Street, San Francisco (See map). Holidays and the Winter and Spring Breaks are observed. See on-line calendar for dates.
East Bay rehearsals are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, 2121 Harrison Street in Oakland. (See map). Holidays and Winter and Spring Breaks are observed. See on-line calendar for dates. Pay parking is available in the garage underneath the cathedral, and there is a room where parents can wait during rehearsal. East Bay choristers commute to San Francisco from time to time.
Marin County (San Rafael)
Marin rehearsals are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 1123 Court Street, San Rafael (See map). Holidays and Winter and Spring breaks are observed. See on-line calendar for dates. Marin choristers commute to San Francisco from time to time.