Young Women’s Choral Projects Founding Director to Retire

By Francisco Salazar

The Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco has announced that Founding Director Susan McMane will retire in July 2022.

Celebrating the organization’s 10th anniversary, McMane will conduct her final concerts with the Young Women’s Chorus in San Francisco on June 23, 2022, and in Paris on July 3, 2022.

McMane has conducted the choral group for the last two decades in San Francisco and launched YWCP in 2012 as artistic director and conductor of the Young Women’s Chorus.

In a statement McMane noted, “Through my 50 years working in choral music, I have had the pleasure of conducting adults and children in church choirs, young voices in elementary schools, men and women in university choirs, and community ensembles. But nothing compares to my time at YWCP, where young women of diverse backgrounds evolve as artists through high-quality music education and choral performance. YWCP has become a nurturing environment for singers and audiences alike thanks to the terrific staff and Board of Directors, the families, and of course, our amazing choristers. I am proud that together, we have been able to share music with the world that celebrates hope, builds a voice for social justice, and empowers young women.”

The Board of Directors will appoint an interim director for YWCP’s 2022-2023 season and will begin an international search for a new Music Director.