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About VYC

Founded in 2013 by Artistic Director Carrie Tennant, the award-winning Vancouver Youth Choir provides a space for promising young singers ages 5-24 to develop their artistry in a creative and supportive environment.

About VYC

In just over a decade, the Vancouver Youth Choir has grown from a single choir of 30 singers to 500 members across 7 ensembles, and VYC Kindred – a free choral program where newcomer and refugee youth learn about Indigenous music and culture.

“In all our levels, we strive for artistry and excellence. We believe in the artistic potential of young people regardless of their age, ability or experience. Just as important to us, however, is to create a safe and encouraging place for this artistry to develop. In addition to building skill and fostering talent, it is part of the Vancouver Youth Choir’s mandate to develop creative, caring citizens who value contributing to and investing in their communities.”
Carrie Tennant, Artistic Director
Carrie Tennant
Artistic Director
“One of the most important new choral initiatives in this region during the last decade.”
Jon Washburn
Artistic & Executive Director Emeritus
Vancouver Chamber Choir
VYC works to create a space of true belonging, where young singers can find their own voice and become invested and engaged members of their communities. Our singers study and perform a widely diverse range of music, where a multitude of traditions, cultures and voices are respected and valued. They are united by their love of the choral art form and their desire to contribute to their communities. In just over a decade, VYC has emerged as one of the most active and highly regarded youth choirs in Canada, and has gained international notoriety for their adventurous programming and outside-the-box approach to shows, where they employ unique venues, multimedia, movement and staging. Our singers perform 3 to 4 season concerts at venues including The Orpheum Theatre and The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts – performing annually to roughly 6,000 concert-goers. VYC has been awarded first place in the Amateur Choir category at the National Choral Competition, and is one of only four choirs from Western Canada ever invited to perform at the American Choral Directors Association Conference in the event’s 60 year history. Last year – the choir’s landmark tenth season – the flagship Vancouver Youth Choir was invited to represent Canada as one of ten international choirs selected to perform at the IFCM World Symposium on Choral Music in Istanbul. In the same month, 75 VYC singers traveled to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall for a concert of all-Canadian choral music with choirs from across Canada under the direction of Carrie Tennant. At VYC, we believe in the transformative power of music and the immense potential within every child. In a world that is increasingly challenging for young people, VYC strives to develop artistry at a very high level, while building leadership and confidence in a safe and supportive community. As a VYC parent himself, the late Bramwell Tovey, emeritus Music Director of the VSO, described the organization as “a truly world class youth choir in the heart of our city.” Other parents of our singers say that “our kids are learning resilience, determination, collaboration, and what it feels like to strive towards excellence” and that quite simply, “VYC makes my kids better human beings.”
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Established

Founded by Artistic Director Carrie Tennant as an ensemble of 30 singers

Became the associate choir with the Vancouver Chamber Choir

VYC began joining this ensemble for guest performances and collaborating on major works

Introduced VYC Junior

The Vancouver Youth Choir's second ensemble, VYC Junior, is established for singers in grades 7-10.

Introduced VYC Kids

The Vancouver Youth Choir's third ensemble, VYC Kids, is established for singers in grades 3-6.

Attended Montana's International Choral Festival

Represented Canada at the International Choral Festival in Missoula.

Won Canada's top youth choir nod

VYC won first prize in their category in the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs.

Performed at PuSh

Participated in Vancouver's PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.

VYC Junior does their first BC Tour!

Introduced VYC Tiny

The Vancouver Youth Choir's VYC Tiny - a short-term choral opportunity each spring for singers in kindergarten-grade 2

Performance with Elektra and Ben Heppner

VYC Kids performs with Elektra and Ben Heppner at Elektra’s Chez Nous concert

Performed in concert with Charles Bruffy

VYC presented workshops and performances with Grammy Award winning conductor, Charles Bruffy.

European Tour

VYC performed by invitation at the Festival International Choral en Provence (FR), and the Alba Classical Music Festival (IT).

Introduced VYC Voices

The Vancouver Youth Choir's newest ensemble, VYC Voices, is established for singers aged 15-24 with no previous choral experience.

ACDA Performance

VYC is invited to represent Canada at the 60th anniversary convention of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).

Performance with Dodie

VYC Junior invited to perform with singer-songwriter Dodie at the Vogue Theatre

Co-founded Bridge Choral Collective

In response to the global pandemic, VYC formed partnerships with other Canadian choirs to build real-world musical connections with enriching artistic experiences.

Introduced VYC Treble

The Vancouver Youth Choir's newest ensemble is open to singers in grades 6 to 9. Members of VYC Treble build musicianship and long-lasting friendships in a joyful and creative environment.

Launched VYC Kindred pilot project

VYC created the new pilot project, VYC KINDRED. This free choir for newcomers to Canada was designed to provide an opportunity for 25 youth to learn music with two First Nations musicians.

Today

The organization has grown to more than 375 members across 7 separate ensembles with opportunities for singers ranging in age from kindergarteners to 24.

Carnegie Hall Performance

Members of VYC choirs travelled to New York to perform at Carnegie Hall where Carrie Tennant guest conducted a concert of all Canadian choral music with choirs from across Canada.

VYC represented Canada at World Choral Symposium

In April 2023, Vancouver Youth Choir's flagship choir travelled to Istanbul to represent Canada as one of 10 choirs worldwide selected to perform at the World Symposium of Choral Music.
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