Since its founding in 1978, the San Francisco Girls Chorus (SFGC) has been a pioneer in the field of choral music for young women’s voices. With a mission to create outstanding performances featuring the unique and compelling sound of young women’s voices through an exemplary music education program, SFGC is a regional center for music education and performance for girls and young women, ages 5–18. More than 350 singers from 160 schools in 48 Bay Area cities participate in this internationally recognized program, deemed “a model in the country for training girls’ voices” by the California Arts Council. SFGC performs more than 100 concerts each year, reaching 50,000 to 100,000 people locally and internationally. Following a 30th anniversary season that included featured performances at the Inauguration of President Barack Obama and a New York debut at Lincoln Center, SFGC has furthered its status as an internationally celebrated professional choral ensemble. In 2010 the ensemble won its fourth and fifth Grammy Awards for Mahler’s Symphony with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony. In 2013 it toured to Berlin, Germany, to participate in artistic director Lisa Bielawa’s large-scale spatial symphony, Tempelhof Broadcast, and performed as part of the San Francisco iteration of the ambitious piece, Crissy Broadcast, in October 2013. Under the direction of music director and principal conductor Valérie Sainte-Agathe, SFGC performs regularly with the San Francisco Symphony and San Francisco Opera, and has appeared with many other renowned cultural organizations including the Simón Bolivar Orchestra, New Century Chamber Orchestra, ODC/Dance, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival, and Tokyo Philharmonic.