Capriccio Columbus

Celebrating the Diversity of Song

Capriccio Columbus is an adult chorus of 75 accomplished vocalists, delighting audiences with a vast array of music sung in beautiful, acoustically rich venues. Whether your taste runs toward classics, jazz, sacred works or the Great American Songbook, a Capriccio Columbus concert will remind you why you love music. In addition to the primary chorus, Capriccio includes the Capriccio Youth Choir and Molto Capriccio, a jazz and pop ensemble available to provide music for special occasions.

Capriccio Youth Choir

Bringing together young singers who aspire to learn, grow and perform.

Capriccio Youth Choir challenges dedicated singers in grades 2-12 to sharpen their sight-singing skills, develop knowledge of music theory, and improve vocal technique through high-quality music education practices.

These auditioned ensembles provide successful learning and performing opportunities through mastery of quality and challenging repertoire in a safe and nurturing environment. Young musicians can apply the skills of self-confidence, teamwork, positive work ethic and emotional sensitivity they cultivate with CYC to other areas at school, home, their community and beyond.


We are excited to offer ensembles to include singers from second grade through twelfth grade, including changed voices. 


Capriccio Youth Choir is comprised of five ensembles:

  • Primo Voce - CYC's youngest ensemble, a beginning choir for singers just starting their vocal journey

  • Cantare - a developing treble ensemble singing unison, two-, and three-part repertoire

  • Virtuoso - an advanced treble ensemble performing three- to four-part repertoire

  • Spiritus - an advanced chamber ensemble of mixed SATB voices.

  • Tour Choir - a select group of singers from Virtuoso and Spiritus ensembles who participate in our bi-annual large tour, recently to Washington, D.C. (June 2018) and to tour again in the 2019-2020 season.

Capriccio Youth Choir also offers singers an opportunity to share the stage with some of Central Ohio’s most accomplished vocal musicians and conductors. Under co-founding Artistic Director Alyson Bates, the Capriccio Youth Choir has sung with the Central Ohio Symphony, the Ohio Wesleyan University Choral Arts Society and BalletMet Columbus in addition to its appearances at Capriccio Columbus concerts.


Capriccio Youth Choir and Capriccio Columbus enjoy collaborating with a variety of composers. In October of 2016, the choirs enjoyed the opportunity to host such a collaboration with Columbus-native composer Kevin Foster. This workshop festival included extending the opportunity to area high school choirs as well as the combined performance of a commissioned work of Foster's. 

The Capriccio ensembles also hosted internationally renowned composer Stacey V. Gibbs in a similar festival in October of 2015, concluding with a performance conducted entirely by Mr. Gibbs. Spiritus Choir then had the honor of premiering Try Real Love, an arrangement from Mr. Gibbs, the following month.

Other special performances include the Virtuoso and Spiritus choirs performance of Bengi Lele, a commissioned work of Paul Caldwell & Sean Ivory sponsored by Chorus America in the spring of 2015, and the combination of all choirs in November of 2014 to perform the Ohio premier of Lumen, a work by Abbie Betinis.



We are currently scheduling auditions to join our ensembles for our 2019-20 concert season! All singers entering grades 2-12 in the fall of 2019 are invited to join us. To schedule a fun, low-pressure placement audition or get more information, contact CYC Artistic Director Alyson Bates at

CYC Tour Choir

Our CYC Tour Choir inaugural trip to Washington, D.C. concluded June of 2018. This endeavor was a service tour, using our musical gifts to perform for and honor the service of active-duty and veteran armed forces. It is an exciting opportunity that we are proud to have shared with our singers!

We are currently planning for the Tour Choir's travels for the 2019-2020 season and are continually collecting support. Please consider donating here to help reduce the cost for our singers. 

Summer institute

Each July, our CYC singers have the opportunity to attend a two-day intensive to improve their music literacy, ensemble development, and personal vocal technique. The CYC Summer Institute is open to any singer entering grades 2-12 the following school year, not just those that are part of Capriccio Youth Choir. With the CYC staff as well as special guest musicians and teachers, it is a time of fun and growth that makes special memories each year!



The Youth Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings from the last week in August through May 1st with a break in December and March. Rehearsals are held at Saint Andrew Christian Church, 1985 Swansford Drive, Dublin 43016.

  • Primo Voce - 6:30-7:30 p.m.

  • Cantare - 6:55-7:55 p.m.

  • Virtuoso - 6:55-7:55 p.m.

  • Spiritus - 7:45-8:45 p.m.



The Capriccio Youth Choir’s tuition covers a full season of instruction during rehearsals as well as a music bag, a rehearsal shirt and a performance polo shirt. Additional attire fees are necessary for those performing in Spiritus ensemble. A $60 tuition deposit is due at the placement audition. Tuition for our 2018-19 concert season is $300. Financial assistance and sibling discounts are available.


Please click here to get to know our directors.

Information for Capriccio Youth Choir members.

CYC 2018-19 SEASON

- CYC Summer Institute: Tuesday/Wednesday, July 17-18, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. @ SACC

- New Singer Placement Auditions for 2018-19 season: Ongoing & Wednesday, August 8, by appointment (see information above)

- CYC Family Picnic & Opening Season Singer/Parent Meeting: Sunday, August 26 (All Choirs)

First Season Rehearsal: Wednesday, August 29

- Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing! Capriccio & CYC Family Concert (all choirs): Sunday, October 21st @ 4:00 p.m., Beechwold Christian Church (280 Morse Rd, Columbus)

- Cantare Performance at St. Andrews Christian Church: Sunday, November 4 @ 10 a.m.

- Do You Hear What I Hear? (CYC choirs): Sunday, December 2nd @ 3:00 p.m., Dublin Community Church (81 W. Bridge St., Dublin)

- Bring a Friend Rehearsal: Wednesday, December 5th

- Holiday Celebration Rehearsal: Wednesday, December 12th

No Rehearsal (winter break): December 19-January 2

Rehearsal resumes: January 9, 2019

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Performance: Monday, January 21 @ 11 a.m., Worthington United Methodist Church (Virtuoso & Spiritus Choirs)

- No Rehearsal (spring break): March 27, 2019

- Spring Sing Performance (CYC choirs): Sunday, April 28, 2019 @ 4:00 p.m., Lord of Life Lutheran Church (2480 W. Dublin Granville Rd, Columbus)

- Returning Singer Placements: Wednesdays, May 1 & 8, 2019

- New Singer Placements: Wednesdays, May 8 & 15, 2019

- Sunday, June 2: CYC End-of-Year Picnic, 4:00 p.m. (Location TBD)

Capriccio Columbus | P.O. Box 1225 | Worthington, OH 43085