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“Consistently, these singers are the strongest technical musicians, and as they leave the VYC organization, they go on to be leaders in the choral community in Vancouver as professional singers, inspiring the next generation of choral excellence.”
Jacob Gramit
Artistic Manager of musica intima
At the Vancouver Youth Choir, we believe in the power of music to transform lives. Our approach to choral education is rooted in two core beliefs:

At the Vancouver Youth Choir, we believe in the power of music to transform lives. Our approach to choral education is rooted in two core beliefs:

A Community of Young Artists

VYC is made up of 12 ensembles across 7 levels, welcoming singers from ages 5 to 24. We embrace every voice, turning no one away. Each singer is placed in the choir that best suits their development, ensuring they can grow and thrive.

Our youngest members begin by learning to listen and find joy in creation. As they progress, singers develop their skills, working towards high caliber, professional level performances.

A Path of Continuous Growth

As singers progress through VYC’s levels, they build the skills and experience needed to one day join our auditioned flagship ensemble. This professional development ensemble represents the pinnacle of our training program, preparing dedicated young musicians for potential careers in the choral world.

From our youngest choirs to our most advanced ensemble, each level builds upon the last, fostering not only musical skills but also the passion and dedication needed for professional-level performance. This structured pathway allows singers to grow at their own pace, with the opportunity to advance to more challenging ensembles as they develop.

Professional Training in the Vancouver Youth Choir

Inclusivity & Excellence

At VYC, we firmly believe that inclusivity and excellence can coexist. Through our programs, young singers experience genuine human connection while striving for artistic excellence—both as individuals and as part of our vibrant community.

Our singers work hard because they love what we create together. This passion drives them to pursue artistic excellence in an environment of true belonging, where diverse traditions, cultures, and voices are respected and celebrated.

“Because there is no specific training for professional choral and ensemble singers, the choral education afforded by the Vancouver Youth Choir is an important pathway to accruing the skills needed to be a professional singer.”
Kari Turunen
Artistic Director of the Vancouver Chamber Choir

Pathways to Professional Careers

For those dedicated to singing at an exceptionally high level or pursuing music professionally, our flagship ensemble offers advanced training. This program has opened doors for many of our alumni:

These outcomes reflect our commitment to providing high-caliber training that prepares young musicians for the professional world.

Professional Training with VYC

The Vancouver Youth Choir’s auditioned flagship ensemble, open to singers ages 15 to 24, offers advanced young musicians the opportunity to further hone their skills in a supportive, inclusive environment.

At VYC, we’re dedicated to nurturing young voices and fostering a lifelong love of choral music. Whether a singer is just beginning their musical journey or aspiring to a professional career, we provide a space where they can grow, connect, and excel.

Professional Training with VYC

The Vancouver Youth Choir’s auditioned flagship ensemble, open to singers ages 15 to 24, offers advanced young musicians the opportunity to further hone their skills in a supportive, inclusive environment.

At VYC, we’re dedicated to nurturing young voices and fostering a lifelong love of choral music. Whether a singer is just beginning their musical journey or aspiring to a professional career, we provide a space where they can grow, connect, and excel.