Young Women’s Chorus of San Francisco 2013 Concert Tour of Italy

Susan McMane conducts the Young Women’s Chorus of San Francisco during rehearsal in the Teatro Bibiena in Mantua

After 11 spectacularly successful years as Artistic Director of the San Francisco Girls Chorus, Susan McMane founded her own girls’ chorus in 2012: the Young Women’s Chorus of San Francisco. Within a few months, it was clear that the artistic excellence that audiences around the world have come to expect from Susan was going to be equaled or exceeded with this new ensemble.

Having arranged tours for Susan during her time in St. Louis and with the San Francisco Girls Chorus, ACFEA was surprised and delighted to be asked by her to arrange a tour of Italy at the end of their very first season. At the time the contract was signed, there was no chorus, and therefore no recordings that we could send to potential venues, so a good deal of faith and trust was required on all sides – trust that turned out to be as well founded as we knew it would be.

The musical focus of the tour was the so-called Ospedale repertoire that Vivaldi and some of his contemporaries wrote for girls living in orphanages in Venice. The chorus gave two performances of this music with a chamber orchestra that ACFEA had arranged: one in the beautiful Duomo San Lorenzo in Abano Terme, and the other in the Chiesa Santa Maria della Pietà in Venice, know as Vivaldi’s church as it stands on the site of the orphanage where he worked.

Other concerts were in Mantua, where they were joined by a fun local men’s chorus; Pisa, where they gave a concert benefitting UNESCO; and Lecco, where they ended the tour with a concert to a full cathedral in this charming lakeside town.

The Young Women’s Chorus of San Francisco performs in the Teatro Bibiena in Mantua

Following a growing trend amongst children’s choruses, a parallel, self-contained tour was offered to family, friends and supporters, so that the delights of the concerts could be shared by all without either the supporters of the chorus having to compromise their agenda. Properly planned, such a parallel tour can also be a fundraiser for the chorus.

ACFEA was honored to be part of this exciting new chorus’s first year, and congratulates Susan on a truly remarkable achievement. 

To learn more about Italy as a possible concert tour destination for your ensemble, please visit our Italy destination page, or contact us.