VYC KIDS is open to singers in grades 3 to 6. Members of VYC KIDS build musicianship and long lasting friendships in a joyful and creative environment.
For singers who
“On my first day of VYC, people welcomed me in like I had been there forever.”
VYC KIDS perform three times a year with all of the VYC choirs, as well as community and outreach performances in the lower mainland. The choir has been proud to have featured in concerts with musica intima, and Elektra Women’s Choir. VYC KIDS members are proud to act as mentors in our VYC Tiny program.
VYC KIDS is co-conducted by Luke McAndless-Davis and Jenna Baumgartner, and accompanied by Jocelyn Lui. At each VYC KIDS rehearsal, there are mentor singers from our senior choir who assist with sectionals and vocal modeling, and lead small group rehearsals.
VYC KIDS this season is based on a hybrid model of both online “special guest” workshops and in-person, small-group, outdoor rehearsals. Our guest guest artists range from local superstars Dawn Pemberton and Ashleigh Ball, to artists from across the country and around the world. VYC JR singers will work with people from all over the world, with the goal to expand our own world, and to improve our craft. At our in-person rehearsals, VYC KIDS will work towards a recording session for a video concert in December and May.
VYC Kids does not require previous experience, however, it is important that our conductors hear the singers sing, in order to find the best place for their voice! For this reason, all interested singers are asked to participate in a placement interview.
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 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.
Each month, from January to May, VYC KIDS will have one online workshop with a special guest, and one small-group, in-person, 50 minute outdoor rehearsal. There are also opportunities for special online projects for singers who are interested.
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.
“Fly Away Home”, by Pinkzebra
“The Kite”, from "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" by Clark Gesner
“Brave”, by Sara Bareilles
“Consider Yourself”, from Oliver
“The Fox”, traditional English folk song, arranged by Blake Richter & Taylor Shaeffer
“Bedu Pako”, arranged by Meghan Quinlan
“Winter Sleigh Ride”, by Cynthia Gray with Choreography by Shane Troll and Lu Tesarowski
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