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Vancouver Youth Choir

Vancouver
Youth Choir

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The Vancouver Youth Choir is our flagship ensemble. Open to singers aged 15-24, this auditioned group of advanced young musicians provides high caliber professional level training in an inclusive community

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“In a world of growing disconnect this choir has been our home and held our hearts. Through this choir, we’ve met some of the best people we know, cultivated friendships that have lasted for years, and ultimately found our family and a place to belong.”
Saphren & Fiona
Vancouver Youth Choir Alumni

In the decade since its inception, the Vancouver Youth Choir has emerged as one of the most active and highly regarded youth choirs in Canada. The choir has gained international attention for their “Grimes to Monteverdi” adventurous programming, their commitment to performing and promoting music from underrepresented communities, and their outside- the-box approach to shows. In addition to their regularly sold-out season concerts, VYC performs regularly with professional choirs and solo artists in the city, and enjoys collaborations with artists from a wide variety of disciplines. The choir has been featured multiple times on national radio (CBC), and in 2017 was awarded first prize in their category in the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs. In 2016, the organization launched the Vancouver Youth Choir Choral Series with Cypress Publishing, featuring brand-new music written for SATB youth choirs by Canadian composers and arrangers. The choir has performed at festivals across North America and Europe, 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. In this choir’s landmark tenth season, they were invited to represent Canada as one of ten international choirs selected to perform at the World Symposium on Choral Music in Istanbul. The choir rehearses once a week, with many singers acting as mentors to younger VYC ensembles. Mentors provide leadership, and act as vocal models and run sectional rehearsals with the younger choirs.

Vancouver is an incredibly multicultural city, and the Vancouver Youth Choir is a reflection of this! Of our 72 singers, 21 are first generation (with parents who immigrated to Canada), and another 20 are new Canadians themselves. Members represent over ten municipalities in the Lower Mainland, including ten different high schools and nine different post-secondary institutions.

Fees for 24/25

Rehearsals for 23/24

in performance

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“Apple Tree”, by Aurora, arranged by Katerina Gimon
“Apple Tree”, by Aurora, arranged by Katerina Gimon
“Vision Chant”, by Andrew Balfour
“Vision Chant”, by Andrew Balfour
“Kızılcıklar”, rad. Keşan, Türkiye, arranged by Hakan Önsöz
“Kızılcıklar”, rad. Keşan, Türkiye, arranged by Hakan Önsöz
“Í gledinni”, traditional Icelandic, arranged by Jón Ásgeirsson
“Í gledinni”, traditional Icelandic, arranged by Jón Ásgeirsson
“North”, by Sleeping At Last, arr. George Chung
“North”, by Sleeping At Last, arr. George Chung
“Hela Rotan”, (traditional Indonesian) arranged by Ken Steven
“Hela Rotan”, (traditional Indonesian) arranged by Ken Steven
“Water Fountain”, by Merrill Garbus, arranged by Kristopher Fulton
“Water Fountain”, by Merrill Garbus, arranged by Kristopher Fulton
“Turtle Dove”, trad. British Isles, arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams
“Turtle Dove”, trad. British Isles, arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams
“Bog daj dobro večer (May God Grant Us A Good Evening)”, trad. Slovenian, arranged by Damijan Močnik
“Bog daj dobro večer (May God Grant Us A Good Evening)”, trad. Slovenian, arranged by Damijan Močnik
“O Sapientia”, by Tadeja Vulc
“O Sapientia”, by Tadeja Vulc
“Music of Stillness”, by Elaine Hagenburg (text by Sara Teasdale)
“Music of Stillness”, by Elaine Hagenburg (text by Sara Teasdale)
“Winter Winds”, by Marcus Mumford, arranged by Jennifer McMillan — ft. The Salteens
“Winter Winds”, by Marcus Mumford, arranged by Jennifer McMillan — ft. The Salteens
“Silent Night”, by Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber, arranged by Shawn Kirchner
“Silent Night”, by Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber, arranged by Shawn Kirchner
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