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CYC

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 Auditions

COME CELEBRATE THE ART OF SONG WITH US.

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 alyson@capricciocolumbus.org.

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.

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.

Primo Voce: 6:30-7:15 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 to Nashville!

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.

Our 2021-22 season calendar is posted below.

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

  • Tuesday-Thursday, July 20-22 – CYC Summer Institute
  • August 11 – Final season auditions
  • Sunday, August 22 – Parent & Singer Meeting & CYC Picnic
  • Wednesday, August 25 – CYC Starts Rehearsals!
  • Sunday, November 21: Through the Light – CYC Performance (all choirs) @ 4:00 p.m.
  • Monday, January 17 – MLK, Jr. Performance (Virtuoso/Spiritus)
  • Sunday, April 10: 10+1 Anniversary Celebration – CYC Season Finale (all choirs) @ 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 22 – Tentative 4th Friday Festival Performance
  • June 5 – Pre-Tour + Alumni Performance (TBD)
  • June 5-9 – Nashville/Memphis Tour

Registration is now closed.

Look for 2022 registration to open in early spring of 2022.

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!