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Our goal is to bring 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 a challenging repertoire in a safe and nurturing environment. Young musicians apply the skills of self-confidence, teamwork, positive work ethic and emotional sensitivity as they cultivate these qualities and apply them to other areas at school, home, their community, and beyond.

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

CYC’s 2020-2021 season is currently rehearsing in a blended format, offering both in person and Zoom rehearsal options. Please read below to learn more about how we are continuing to provide an enriching musical experience.

A Path to Each Other

May 2, 2021

Regardless of where we are – pandemic or not, quarantined or free to roam, over Zoom or in the same space – we have a path to each other.


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CYC Summer Institute

July 20, 2021

Join us for this summer singing opportunity!

Space is limited due to social distancing. Deadline for registration is Friday, June 25th, or when spots are filled.

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CYC Auditions


We are currently scheduling auditions for our 2021-2022 concert season! All singers entering grades 2-12 in the fall of 2021 are invited to join us. Auditions are conducted in person or virtually with CYC Directors.

To schedule a fun, low-pressure placement audition or get more information, contact CYC Artistic Director Alyson Bates at

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 performance tour (next tour scheduled for June 2022)

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 Founding Artistic Director Alyson Bates, the Capriccio Youth Choir sang 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 enjoys collaborating with a variety of composers. In our 2020-2021 season, singers from Virtuoso performed with the South Shore Children’s Chorus as well as other choristers from across the country in a virtual collaboration of Moira Smiley’s Rise to It Now. This allowed the singers to rehearse with Ms. Smiley as well as create alongside her through the workshop.

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 choir’s performance of Bengi Lele, a commissioned work of Paul Caldwell and 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.

A Path to Each Other

We are excited to share this spring performance on Sunday, May 2 @ 4:00 p.m.
This concert was programmed to be performed live in April of 2020, and to highlight the awareness of mental health issues facing our society. The singers requested to postpone their performance until they could sing together again in person. A year later, the subject matter of the music and its message is even more relevant. With all safety measures in place, they are singing together but without the live audience.
Regardless of where we are – pandemic or not, quarantined or free to roam, over Zoom or in the same space – we have a path to each other.
This performance will be streamed (ticket information coming soon).


Follow our social media outlets for releases of performances and other upcoming projects.

Registration is NOW OPEN!

July 20-22, 2021

9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Each July, our Capriccio Youth Choir singers have the opportunity to attend a vocal intensive to improve their music literacy, artistic 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 CYC.

With the CYC staff alongside special guest musicians and teachers, the CYC Summer Institute is a time of fun, growth, and special memories!

Register now to join us!


The Youth Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings from the last week in August through May 1st with a break in December and March.

Rehearsals this season started virtually, conducted by CYC Directors online. We transitioned to a blended format in February, 2021. All ensembles currently rehearse in person with a Zoom option at Saint Andrew Christian Church, 1985 Swansford Drive, Dublin 43016. Multiple layers of safety precautions are in place.

Primo Voce: 6:30-7:30 pm

Cantare: 6:45-8:00 pm

Virtuoso: 6:45-8:00 pm

Spiritus: 7:40-8:50 pm

The CYC tuition covers a full season of instruction as well as music, a music bag, and a rehearsal shirt.  Performance attire costs vary based on the ensemble.  Financial assistance is available.

2021-2022 Season Tuition rates:

$350 – Primo Voce

$400 – Cantare

$450 – Virtuoso/Spiritus

While we had to cancel our tour to New York City (June 2020) due to the pandemic, CYC Tour Choir looks forward to traveling again in June of 2022.

We are continually collecting support for our tour program. Please consider donating here to help reduce the cost for our singers and provide this opportunity to those that cannot otherwise participate.

Our last performing service tour to Washington, DC (June 2018) used our musical gifts to perform for and honor the service of active-duty and veteran armed forces.  It was an exciting opportunity that we are proud to have shared with our singers! Our next tour will focus on music to foster relationships and build community.