Founded in 2013 by Artistic Director Carrie Tennant, the award-winning Vancouver Youth Choir provides a space for promising young singers to develop their artistry in a creative and supportive environment. In six years, the organization has grown from a single choir of 30 members to more than 250 members across 5 separate ensembles: the flagship Vancouver Youth Choir for advanced singers aged 15-24, the brand-new VYC Voices for singers aged 15-24, VYC Junior for grades 7-10, VYC Kids for grades 3-6, and VYC Tiny - a short-term choral opportunity each spring for singers in kindergarten-grade 2. Members represent over 13 municipalities in the lower mainland, including 43 different high schools, 32 elementary schools, and five different post-secondary institutions.
The Vancouver Youth Choir has fast emerged as one of the most active and highly regarded youth choral organizations in the Lower Mainland. In addition to regular sold-out season concerts, VYC is the official associate choir of the Vancouver Chamber Choir, has been featured multiple times on CBC radio, performed jointly with major professional and semi-professional choirs in the city, participated in Vancouver's PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (2017), and in March 2018 presented workshops and performances with Grammy Award winning conductor, Charles Bruffy. Throughout the year, in season and out, the choir performs at numerous community and charity events. VYC singers are passionate and joyful about their music-making, united by their love of the choral art form and their desire to contribute to their communities.
Nationally, VYC is recognized as one of the finest youth ensembles in Canada, recently winning first prize in their category in the 2017 National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs. VYC’s international reputation is growing, as well: the choir represented Canada at the 2016 International Choral Festival in Missoula (Montana), and in July 2018 performed by invitation at the Festival International Choral en Provence (FR), and the Alba Classical Music Festival (IT). In February of 2019, the choir performed at the 60th anniversary convention of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). ACDA is the preeminent choral organization in North America, comprised of some 22,000 choral conductors representing over a million singers. VYC was one of 26 invited choirs from around the world, and the only Canadian choir.
Says Artistic Director Carrie Tennant: “In all our levels, we strive for artistry and excellence. We believe in the artistic potential of young people regardless of their age, ability or experience. Just as important to us, however, is to create a safe and encouraging place for this artistry to develop. In addition to building skill and fostering talent, it is part of the Vancouver Youth Choir’s mandate to develop creative, caring citizens who value contributing to and investing in their communities.”