The Vancouver Youth Choir is Vancouver’s newest choral organization for children and youth. Founded in 2013 by Carrie Tennant, the choirs provide a space for promising young singers to develop their artistry in a safe and supportive environment. In five years, the organization has grown from a single choir of 30 members to more than 200 members in four separate ensembles (the "Vancouver Youth Choir" [ages 15-24], the "VYC Juniors" [grades 7-11], the "VYC Kids" [grades 3-6]), and the brand-new “VYC Tiny” (a short-term choral opportunity launched last 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. They are united by their love of the choral art form and their desire to contribute to their communities.
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 its regular sold-out season concerts, it 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 our senior choir 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. Our senior choir serves regularly as a headliner choir at the Cantando Music Festival (Whistler and Sun Peaks). Nationally, they are now 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, it performed by invitation at the Festival International Choral en Provence (FR), and the Alba Classical Music Festival (IT). This February, the choir has been invited to perform 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. We are one of 26 invited choirs from around the world, and are the only Canadian choir! The singers in the Vancouver Youth Choir are passionate and joyful about their music-making. We are so proud of their work, and can’t wait to share it at ACDA this February.
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.”