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 miss you! Thank you to our OYC parents and singers for your wonderful messages of encouragement. It is indeed a difficult time for the Arts, and for choirs in particular. Unfortunately, because of the circumstances of the Coronavirus pandemic, it is not yet safe to meet in person due to the nature of group singing, the limits of our rehearsal spaces and the transmission of the virus. We do remain hopeful! Looking to the future, we are planning an interactive Facebook Group for all of our current OYC families and singers this fall.
We want to stay connected to our OYC singers by offering free music lessons, puzzles, challenges and weekly opportunities for musical growth while we all stay well and make plans for getting together again in the not too distant future. Our directors will be reaching out with some fun and interesting activities for singers. If you are one of our current member families from last season, you will be receiving more information soon and an invitation to join this new OYC group Facebook page in early September.
We have some fun challenges planned for the whole family and a contest or two to keep you on your musical toes. Musical toes? What?! Anyway, stay tuned, check your email for a link and check our Facebook page in the near future.
In the meantime, take care, stay well, find time to sing and enjoy the Fall. Love, Your OYC Staff
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.