About the Vancouver Youth Choir
Founded in 2013 by Artistic Director Carrie Tennant, the award-winning Vancouver Youth Choir provides a space for promising young singers to develop their artistry in a creative and supportive environment.
In six years, the Vancouver Youth Choir has grown from a single choir of 30 members to over 250 members across 5 ensembles:
Members represent over 13 municipalities in the lower mainland, including 43 different high schools, 32 elementary schools, and five different post-secondary institutions.
Became the associate choir with the Vancouver Chamber Choir
Introduced VYC Junior
Introduced VYC Kids
Attended Montana's International Choral Festival
Won Canada's top youth choir nod
Performed at PuSh
VYC Junior does their first BC Tour!
Introduced VYC Tiny
Performance with Elektra and Ben Heppner
Performed in concert with Charles Bruffy
Introduced VYC Voices
Performance with Dodie
Co-founded Bridge Choral Collective
Our the singers work incredibly hard – not because of fear, or competition, but because they truly believe that the art that they are creating together is important. They care for the music they are making, and they care for each other. We have taught them that they are responsible to and for each other. They have learned about accountability, and how hard work can reap great rewards. Through their experience in the choir, singers learn how to persevere, and how to be resilient in the face of obstacles or struggles. They learn about problem solving and communication, and a LOT about the power of collaboration. They have found confidence in, and been motivated by, striving for and achieving excellence, as well as how to handle obstacles and defeat.
In this group:
Everyone feels like they can be themselves and take risks as artists. We conduct ourselves with grace and caring – onstage and off. We laugh a lot – together AND at ourselves We resist the temptation to “fold up” and protect. Instead we walk openly into connecting with others. We are, all of us, responsible to and for each other. We encourage, lift up and care for EVERY single singer. We take risks – personal AND artistic – as individuals and as a group. We are humble and eager to learn. We are thoughtful and reflective in our music making, and with each other…always willing to go deeper. We take ourselves seriously as artists, and accept the responsibility that comes with truly being an artist. We find original ways of doing things. We work really hard, because we understand that what we are creating together is important. We practice our music at home – not because we are afraid of quartet tests :), but because the artistry of this group matters to us. We work towards precision, beauty, and unity of intent and then…just sing with an open heart.