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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 Auditions


We are currently scheduling auditions for our 2020-2021 concert season! All singers entering grades 2-12 in the fall of 2020 are invited to join us. To schedule a fun, low-pressure placement audition or get more information, contact CYC Artistic Director Alyson Bates at

Auditions completed also include the opportunity for placement into our Tour Choir. Our season’s tour mission will be to explore music that fosters meaningful relationships with one another and builds community.

Registration for our annual Summer Institute is now open! Click below to join us for an exciting three day experience!

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 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 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 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. Rehearsals are held at Saint Andrew Christian Church, 1985 Swansford Drive, Dublin 43016.

Primo Voce: 6:20-6:45pm (beginning), 6:45-7:15pm (combined), and 7:15-7:40pm (progressing)

Cantare: 6:45-7:55pm

Virtuoso: 6:45-8:00pm

Spiritus: 7:40-8:50pm

Join us July 21-23. Registration is now open!

Each July, our Capriccio Youth Choir singers have the opportunity to attend a vocal 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 CYC. With the CYC staff alongside special guest musicians and teachers, the CYC Summer Institute is a time of fun, growth, and special memories!

Click here to register!

Due to the current pandemic, CYC Tour Choir has had to cancel our tour to New York City in June. We hope to reschedule this on the other side of the crisis.

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.

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.

$300 – Primo Voce

$350 – Cantare

$400 – Virtuoso/Spiritus

Tour Choir Opening Retreat: Monday, July 22, 2019

CYC Summer Institute: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, July 23-25

– New Singer Placement Auditions for 2018-19 season: Ongoing, by appointment (interested singers should contact Mrs. Bates)

– CYC Family Picnic & Opening Season Singer/Parent Meeting: Sunday, August 25

– First Season Rehearsal: Wednesday, August 28

– Capriccio & CYC Family Concert (all choirs): Sunday, October 27th @ 4:00 p.m., Beechwold Christian Church (280 Morse Rd, Columbus)

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

Magic of the Season (all choirs): Sunday, December 8th @ 4:00 p.m., First Community Church (1320 Cambridge Blvd., Columbus)

– Holiday Celebration Rehearsal: Wednesday, December 11th

– Ballet Met Nutcracker Snow Chorus (Cantare/Virtuoso): Sunday, December 22 @ 12 p.m.

Virtuoso Performance at St. Andrews Christian Church: Sunday, January 19 @ 10 a.m.

– Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Performance: Monday, January 20 @ 11 a.m., Worthington United Methodist Church (Virtuoso & Spiritus Choirs)

– Bring a Friend Rehearsal: Wednesday, January 22nd

Say Something (CYC choirs): POSTPONED (date TBD), Northwest Christian Church (1340 Fishinger Rd., Columbus)

– Fourth Friday Festival Performance (all choirs): Friday, May 22, (time TBA), Uptown Westerville

Returning Singer Placements: Wednesdays, April 22 & 29, 2020

New Singer Placements: Wednesdays, April 29 & May 6, 2020

– Sunday, May 31: CYC End-of-Year Picnic, 4:00 p.m.

CYC Summer Institute: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, July 21-23