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 all 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 arts and the shared experience of creating fine choral music with children of all backgrounds.
Next Season News:
Come Sing With Us!
Our next audition date will be on August 29, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Washington Middle School, our new rehearsal location for Season 27. We look forward to meeting you and hearing your beautiful voices!
Season 27 begins on Monday, September 12, 2022 @ Washington Middle School, 3100 Cain Road SE, Olympia, WA 98501
Our Rehearsal Schedule:
Dolce (primary grades K-2) 4:30-5:30
Bel Canto (elementary 3-5) 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Coro Voce (middle school 6-8) 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Cantabile (high school treble voices 9-12) 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Forza (changed voices) 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Returning singers who will be in the same choir next season do not need to re-audition. Singers moving up to the next level will need to audition with the director of the new choir.
Auditions are informal. A prepared piece is not required, but singers will be asked to sing something familiar in order to determine placement in the program.
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, Camp HOPE America - Washington, and City Gates Ministries.
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 were invited sing in the National Youth Choir Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Unfortunately, due to Covid, that performance was canceled.