GSCC Member Organization
120 State Ave NE #102
Olympia, WA 98501
(Beginning to advanced young singers are welcome to audition August, January and June)
(Tuition, September - May)
(Dolce: 4:30-5:30 p.m., Bel Canto: 4:30-6:00 p.m., Coro Voce: 5:30-7:00 p.m., Cantabile: 7:00-8:30 p.)
The Olympia Youth Chorus, established in 1995, is a nonprofit vocal music program for young singers in the South Sound community. OYC members typically reside in the Olympia, Tumwater and Lacey communities, but also regionally from Tenino, Elma, Shelton, Chehalis, Yelm, and Hoquiam. Singers come from public and private schools, as well as home-schooled populations. Although no previous formal musical training is required, many of our auditioned choral members perform in their school orchestras, bands or choirs. In addition to vocal solos, members have the opportunity to perform instrumental solos with the Chorus. The youth benefit from an enriching experience of working and performing with other talented young singers and our skilled professional staff. School-aged boys and girls between the ages of 5-18 may participate. The Chorus is made up of singers from over forty schools in our area who are enthusiastic about singing, building friendships, performing and the pursuit of musical excellence. About 130 youth participate yearly.
The Chorus sings unison, two, three, and four-part music written for treble voices. We choose from a wide range of traditional and contemporary music that is best suited for the musical and vocal development of the choirs.
The Chorus performs in several different venues throughout the year, including the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, The Governor’s Mansion, Argosy Cruises, Providence St. Peter Foundation’s Christmas Forest, and elementary and middle schools in the region. The Olympia Youth chorus has also performed in the following choral events and tours:
Pacific International Children’s Choral Festival, Oregon
Pacific Rim International Children’s Choral Festival, Hawaii
Fort Worden Children’s Choral Festival
San Francisco Tour with Stanford University Master Class
Seattle Intermediate Choir Festival
Somerset International Choral Festival, England
Crossroads Children's Choir Festival, Nashville, Tennessee
New York City Tour and Broadway Workshop
Portland Tour and Masterclass with Joan Szymko
Seattle World Strides On Stage Festival Gold award
Ireland Performance Tour
Philadelphia and New York City Carnegie Hall Performance Tour in 2020
Group Size: 130 singers in five individual choirs
Auditions or How to Join: All children are required to audition prior to registration. The directors spend up to 30 minutes with each singer and parent/guardian. Auditions are private and are scheduled by appointment in January, June and September. Contact Nadine Bozeman, Artistic Director, for more information:
Rehearsal Information: The Olympia Youth Chorus rehearses at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1515 Harrison Avenue, Olympia, WA. on Mondays.
Dolce, our youngest choir of 5-7 year-olds rehearses from 4:30-5:30 pm;
Bel Canto, with singers from 3rd through 6th Grade rehearses from 4:30-6:00 pm; Coro Voce, our choir of middle school treble voices rehearses from 5:30-7:00 pm; Cantabile, our advanced women's choir, rehearses from 6:30-8:00 pm;
and Forza, our choir for changed male voices - middle school-high school - rehearses from 7:00-8:30 pm.