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Our goal is to bring together young singers who aspire to learn, grow and perform.

Capriccio Youth Choir fosters the joy of singing and 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.

CYC choirs provide successful learning and performing opportunities through mastery of quality and 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.


April 14, 2024

Capriccio Youth Choir in concert!
Sunday, April 14, 2024

Covenant Presbyterian Church
2070 Ridgecliff Rd, 43221

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We are currently accepting new singers for our 2024-2025 concert season! All singers entering grades 2-12 in the fall of 2024 are invited to join us.

We believe that all who want to experience the joy of singing are welcome to participate in our choirs. We foster the love of singing with the importance of a supportive community environment. No audition required.

Come join us! To 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 and two-part repertoire.

Opus – a treble ensemble singing two- and three-part repertoire as well as focus on vocal independence

Virtuoso – an advanced treble ensemble performing three- to four-part repertoire with a focus on advanced musicianship.

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

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.

Registration deadline is May 17.

We are looking forward to singing with you in JUNE!

June 10-13, 2024

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Each summer, 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!


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

All ensembles currently rehearse in person at Saint Andrew Christian Church, 1985 Swansford Drive, Dublin 43016.

Rehearsal times are specific for each choir. Please contact us for more information.

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.

Our organization works hard to cover costs without passing it along to our singers. We believe strongly in providing quality music education and a supportive arts community at an affordable rate.

2023-2024 Season Tuition rates:

$400 – Primo Voce

$450 – Cantare

$500 – Virtuoso/Spiritus

Our 2023-24 season calendar is posted below.

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  • Sunday, August 20th: Singer & Family Kickoff
  • Wednesday, August 30th: First Rehearsal
  • Saturday, October 7th: All Choir Retreat
  • Wednesday, November 8th: Final Location Rehearsal
  • Wednesday, November 15th: Final Dress Rehearsal
  • November 19 @ 4:00 p.m.: Comfort & Joy Performance (all choirs)
  • Sunday, December 3rd: Zoo Lights Performance
  • Monday, January 15, 2024 @ 11 a.m., Worthington United Methodist Church: Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Performance (Virtuoso & Spiritus Choirs)
  • Wednesday, January 24th, 2024: Bring a Friend Rehearsal
  • Wednesday, April 3rd: Final Location Rehearsal
  • Wednesday, April 10th: Final Dress Rehearsal
  • Sunday, April 14, 2024 @ 4:00 p.m.: Spring Sing Performance (all choirs)
  • Friday, April 26, 2024: Battle Columbus Performance @ Kemba Live! (Virtuoso & Spiritus Choirs)
  • June 10-13: Summer Institute 2024

CYC Tour Choir is looking forward to our next adventure, touring in 2025! We will announce where our next adventure takes us to in Summer, 2024.

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.

We traveled to New York City in June, 2023, to experience live theater, behind-the-scenes entities and arts in the city. Our previous performing service tour to Washington, DC, 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!