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, your donations and your participation in our pizza fundraiser. 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 and the limitations of our rented rehearsal spaces. We do remain hopeful! Currently, we are active in our Facebook Group under Olympia Youth Chorus, with directors posting weekly music topics in a wide variety of areas. We encourage our singers and OYC families to participate!
Auditions will be happening for available openings in late August for our 2021-2022 Season. Dates to be announced soon! Understand that we may be limited in the number of singers we will be able to accommodate in our weekly in-person group rehearsals for next season. We hope to begin in early September 2021. Pre-registration for our continuing singers in all five choirs begins August 1, 2021. A registration form will be sent to you via email in late July.
Until we can see you again, keep singing, and check in with us on our Facebook pages. If you have any questions, please use the contact form on this site.
We miss you!
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.