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What's the difference?

VYC vs VYC Voices

We so often get the question – what’s the difference between VYC Voices and VYC itself? The choirs are the same age range, and both perform at a high level. What is the difference?

We’ve tried to break it down for you here below, but in a nutshell, we explain it like this:

VYC Voices is a joyful spot in your week, where you can come together with like-minded young artists, and create beautiful music.

VYC is lifestyle. 😉 In this choir your season is extremely busy with lots of rehearsals, many concerts and performances, and multiple tours. This choir is best for folks who want to make choir a main focus in their lives.

Both choirs sing extraordinarily well, and both work with Carrie. See below for more similarities and differences.

VYC Voices

VYC VOICES

The Vancouver Youth Choir

VYC

AGES

Grade 11 to age 24

AGES

Ages 15 to 24

Number of singers

approx. 100

Number of singers

approx. 70

Spots available per year

around 30

Spots available per year

varies per year but usually 10-15

time commitment

Rehearses 90 minutes a week.

time commitment

Rehearses 2.5 hours a week AND has a mandatory Zoom sectional 30 minutes per week on a separate day.

HOME PRACTICE EXPECTATIONS

VYC Voices is expected to practice at home for 45-60 minutes each week.

HOME PRACTICE EXPECTATIONS

VYC is expected to practice a minimum of 60 minutes per week. Depending on your reading ability, the repertoire we are working on, and which concerts are approaching, sometimes this is closer to 2 hours per week of home practice.

PERFORMANCE expectations

VYC Voices does 3 shows a year, with occasional extra performances.

PERFORMANCE expectations

In addition to the VYC produced concerts (4 per year), the choir performs in 10-15 collaborations, workshops, and community performances. Generally 1-3 events a month between October and May.

TOURS

VYC Voices does a tour every other year within North America, and 2024-2025 is a tour year. This is optional.

TOURS

VYC tours internationally every other year, and all singers are expected to participate. Fundraising and bursary opportunities are provided.

Commitment expectations

Singers are expected to attend every rehearsal and performance.

Commitment expectations

Singers are expected to attend every rehearsal and performance.

Community

A close-knit super fun group of people who are willing to be vulnerable together.

Community

A close-knit super fun group of people who are willing to be vulnerable together.

Music reading ability

Not needed.

MUSIC READING ABILITY​

Most VYC singers are able to read music, but every season we accept a few outstanding singers who don’t read. These singers work extra hard in their first year to catch up.

Performance quality

Very high.

Performance quality

Very high.

Rehearsal Pace

VYC Voices moves step by step in learning the music, really focusing on tone, shape etc.

Rehearsal Pace

VYC rehearsal pace is much faster, with an expectation that you will be able to prepare your notes and rhythms at home.

Placement Interview

To have a balanced choir (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass) all singers are asked to participate in a placement interview. Learn more!

Two-Part Audition

The audition process involves two rounds. The first round is a video submission. Round two is an in-person audition where you will be asked to sing with a quartet of VYC members. Learn more!

Conductor

Carrie!

Conductor

Carrie!