The Elm City Girls’ Choir (ECGC) has earned a reputation as one of America’s finest youth choirs. Founded in 1993, ECGC is an elite program, which provides unique performance opportunities and conservatory-level training in vocal technique, musicianship, and conducting for choristers of prodigious talent. ECGC has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Walt Disney World, and has recorded with artists including Yale Schola Cantorum, The Whiffenpoofs of Yale, Peter Eldridge, and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. The group has appeared on live national television with Diana Ross and has completed concert tours of Italy, England, Canada, Mexico, and China.
Choristers of The Elm City Girls’ Choir collaborate closely with members of the United Choir School faculty and play essential leadership roles in the organization. Each member of ECGC attends two weekly rehearsals in New Haven plus one or more rehearsals with United Girls’ Choir ensembles for which she serves as a Teaching Assistant and/or Student Conductor.
ECGC is open by invitation to choristers of extraordinary talent who have completed at least one year in the UGC Mentor Program and have demonstrated outstanding musical leadership and exemplary citizenship.
Collegium Musicum is the primary division of the Elm City Girls’ Choir. When choristers join ECGC, they always begin in Collegium, and most remain in that ensemble throughout their ECGC careers.
Camerata is a small chamber ensemble, whose members have distinguished themselves by demonstrating the highest levels of musicianship, citizenship, and leadership.