Columbia Youth Choirs: Choirs

In the CYC system, there is a spot for any child who desires to sing!

We truly believe in the importance of providing a quality vocal education for every child. Multitudes of studies show the positive impact group singing can have on an individual and we want everyone to have the opportunity to be part of CYC regardless of their ability level or zip code.  CYC is an extension of its parent partner, Columbia Chorale, and is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, registered with the State of Missouri.

At CYC, there are no vocal auditions required.  Students need only apply and they will be placed in one of our five choral ensembles.*

Location: All rehearsals take place at Columbia Independent School (1801 N. Stadium Blvd).  Park in the Main Entrance parking lot located at the north side of the building.  Enter through the main doors where you will be warmly greeted by our Choir Coordinator, Kara Smith.  Rehearsals take place in Rooms 404 and 408 in the Fine Arts wing of the building.

Tuition: Keeping costs low is an important component of the CYC program.  Our tuition is $75/year or $40/semester.  Scholarship options are available upon request.

First Meeting: New and veteran singers and parents should plan to attend the Informational Session on Sunday, August 24 at Columbia Independent School.  A brief presentation about the year will be made by Artistic Director, Emily Edgington Andrews, and Choir Coordinator, Kara Smith.  Singers will have a chance to meet their conductors while parents can fill out necessary forms and ask questions.  Light refreshments will be served.

3:30-4:15 p.m.  grades 2-5

4:30-5:15 p.m.  grades 6-10

First Rehearsal: Our first official rehearsal begins on Sunday, September 7:

3:00 p.m. – Primo

3:45 p.m. – Choristers

4:00 p.m. – Boys’ Choir

4:30 p.m. – Girls’ Choir (Canta Bella directly following)

5 Choirs offered in 2014-2015:

Primo, grades 2-3

This mixed choir is designed as a training choir for children in grades 2-3. Practical application of choral music is introduced at this level in an age-appropriate, high-energy environment.  Primo meets from 3:00-3:45 p.m. every Sunday afternoon.

Choristers, grades 4-5

Once students reach 4th and 5th grades, they will be placed in this mixed ensemble, which focuses on the fundamental techniques of vocal production and musicianship in a light-hearted, fast-paced atmosphere.  Choristers meets from 3:30-4:15 p.m. every Sunday afternoon.

CYC Girls Choir, grades 6-8


Boys’ Choir, grades 6-10

CYC is thrilled to announce a choir that focuses on the vocal development for the male voice. This choir is designed to help young males navigate through their voice changes in a positive, lively, and healthy way. Boys’ Choir meets from 4:00-5:15 p.m. every Sunday afternoon.

Girls’ Choir, grades 6-10

This ‘girls only’ choir is designed for young ladies in grades 6-10. Healthy and expressive singing habits are fostered in this gender-specific ensemble that focuses on music literature that supports their creative and developing minds. The Girls’ Choir meets from 4:30-5:20 p.m. every Sunday afternoon.

*Canta Bella, advanced girls, grades 6-10

This year CYC is offering an ensemble for females desiring a more intense and accelerated vocal experience in addition to Girls’ Choir.  A placement hearing will be required for those interested.  Singers should indicate their desire to join Canta Bella on their application and a hearing will be arranged at a mutually convenient time.  Canta Bella meets from 4:30-6:00 p.m. every Sunday afternoon.

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