Olympia Youth Chorus
Excellence in Music Education and Choral Performance since 1995
Olympia Youth Chorus at a Glance
In Olympia Youth Chorus, we strive for excellence in developing young singers; contributing to their growth in musicianship, confidence and performance skills. Our directors are Washington State Certificated Music Educators who share a passion for inspiring and encouraging young singers. We are committed to building a supportive musical environment in which singers develop skills, make new friends and share performances in a variety of concert venues. Our mission is to nurture the appreciation of the choral art and the shared experience of creating fine choral music with children of all backgrounds.
Next Season News:
We are excited about getting back together! As you may expect, our regular Monday rehearsals will look a bit different, but we will dedicate ourselves to keeping everyone safe and healthy while singing our hearts out together! All of our staff are vaccinated and will be wearing three layer masks at all times. Singers will be required to wear a three ply mask and will be distanced in rehearsals. The ventilation in our rehearsal rooms is at or above the industry standard. All Washington State Health Dept. required practices for performing arts classes will be observed.
Rehearsals began on September 13th at Jefferson Middle School in Olympia. We will continue to register singers during the next few weeks.
Our Rehearsal Schedule:
Dolce (primary grades) 4:30-5:30
Bel Canto (upper elementary) 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Coro Voce (middle school) 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Cantabile (high school treble voices) 6:30-8:00 p.m.
(Forza will be on hiatus until January 2022)
Stop by our registration table at Jefferson Middle School 2200 Conger Avenue NW, 98502 (4:30-7:00 p.m.) if you have questions or would like to register for our program. All new singers must complete a health survey and permission form prior to entering the rehearsal space. Previously registered singers email their health survey to us directly every Monday prior to rehearsal.
Come sing with us!
Kids Helping Kids
With this annual project, our goal is to create a partnership between our singers and other youth in our community who may be experiencing hardship or need. Each December, we donate the proceeds from two holiday concerts to a designated non-profit organization in our community which supports youth or families in need. Past recipients of our Kids Helping Kids Initiatives have included: Homeless Teen Backpacks, Family Education and Support Center, Rosie's Place, Little Red Schoolhouse and Camp HOPE America - Washington.
Retreats and Community Performances
With our organization’s mission always in mind, we strive to create community within our organization while also enriching our community arts landscape. Outside of weekly rehearsals, our singers participate in retreats, school performance tours, community caroling, and other concert and touring activities.
We have partnered in performance with Olympia Symphony Orchestra, Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia (SOGO) and Ballet Northwest. Performances have also included Olympia Choral Society Concerts, Providence St Peter Christmas in the Forest, The Governor's Mansion, Mary Bridge Hospital Festival of Trees, Argosy Christmas Ships, PICCFEST, World Strides On Stage Festivals, Fort Worden Children's Chorus Festival, Tacoma Rainiers Baseball and Sounders S2 game performances, and national and international tours with our advanced singers. In June 2020, our advanced high school singers have been invited perform in a national choral festival on stage at Carnegie Hall.