by Mat Dirjish
The San Francisco Girls Chorus (SFGC) is partnering with JackTrip Labs to create a unique virtual statewide music curriculum. Dubbed SFGConnect, the collaboration is a pilot program that offers SFGC’s full choral and music theory curriculum to singers exclusively over the internet. SFGConnect will allow girls and gender expansive youth ages 7 to10 to participate in SFGC’s accredited music training, even if they live hundreds of miles away.
JackTrip’s Virtual Studio makes the virtual curriculum possible by enabling real-time music collaboration with high-quality audio. SFGC director Valérie Sainte-Agathe said, “We’ve been using JackTrip for two years now, during the entire pandemic. It was the only technology that allowed a chorus of 50 to 100 choristers to sing together successfully over the internet. I was finally able to build a program, to have the music ready to sing during the pandemic.”
JackTrip Labs co-founder Alan Hu explains, “Put yourself in the shoes of a parent with a driven young singer, but because you live in a small community some 200 miles away, you can’t access SFGC even though your child is deserving of that level of training. All of a sudden, with this innovative SFGConnect program, your young singer can participate in this world-class organization to develop their musical skills to the highest level, and bond with other kids with similar capabilities. That social connection, that is the magic that I see here.”
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