The Vancouver Youth Choir
The Vancouver Youth Choir is our flagship ensemble. Open to singers aged 15-24, this auditioned group of advanced young musicians is dedicated, passionate, and full of joy.
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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.”
Members represent over eight municipalities in the lower mainland, including ten different high schools and six different post-secondary institutions. From engineering students to high school volleyball players, and from registered doulas to aspiring opera singers, the members of Vancouver Youth Choir are united by their love of the choral art form and their desire to contribute to their communities.
Now in their eighth season, VYC has fast emerged as one of the most highly-regarded youth choirs in the country. They have gained international notoriety for their adventurous “Grimes to Monteverdi” programming, their commitment to performing and promoting music from underrepresented communities, and their outside-the-box approach to shows, where they employ unique venues, multimedia, movement and staging. In addition to their regularly sold-out season concerts, VYC has been featured multiple times on CBC radio, performed jointly with major professional choirs in the city, and in 2017 won first place in their category in the National Choral Competition. VYC has been featured at festivals in Europe and across North America, and in 2019, was invited to represent Canada at the National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) in Kansas City. In 2016 the choir launched the “Vancouver Youth Choir Choral Series” with Cypress Publishing, highlighting new music by exclusively Canadian composers and arrangers. The singers are proud to act as leaders and mentors to the 200 other young singers in the VYC family.
As a result of COVID 19, VYC is having a very different season! Our program this season is based on a hybrid model of both online “special guest” workshops as part of the Bridge Choral Collective and in-person, small-group, outdoor rehearsals. Our guest guest artists range from local superstars Dawn Pemberton and Ashleigh Ball, to international artists Rajaton, the University of Pretoria Youth Choir, and Jacob Collier. VYC singers will work with people from all over the world, with the goal to expand our own world, and to improve our craft.
Rehearsals & Schedule
It is important to note that there is no such thing as zero risk – even before COVID. Even though we are outdoors, HOW we run our in-person rehearsals is essential to our singers’ safety. We have strict policies and protocols around social distancing, hand sanitizing, entry and exits etc, as well as health checks at the door. All families are asked to read and sign our COVID 19 policy document, and agree to following all the protocol outlined in order to participate in the choir.
“Í gledinni”, traditional Icelandic, arranged by Jón Ásgeirsson
“North”, by Sleeping At Last, arr. George Chung
“Hela Rotan”, (traditional Indonesian) arranged by Ken Steven
“The Luckiest”, by Ben Folds, arr. for VOCES8 by Jim Clements
“Water Fountain”, by Merrill Garbus, arranged by Kristopher Fulton
“Turtle Dove”, trad. British Isles, arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams
“Circle of Life”, from The Lion King. Music by Tim Rice and Elton John
“Bog daj dobro večer (May God Grant Us A Good Evening)”, trad. Slovenian, arranged by Damijan Močnik
“Music of Stillness”, by Elaine Hagenburg (text by Sara Teasdale)
“Winter Winds”, by Marcus Mumford, arranged by Jennifer McMillan — ft. The Salteens
“Silent Night”, by Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber, arranged by Shawn Kirchner
“O Sapientia”, by Tadeja Vulc
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