GSCC Member Organization

Olympia Youth Chorus

Mailing Address:
120 State Ave NE #102
Olympia, WA 98501
Electronic Contact:
Artistic Director: Cynthia Dinsmore
Founded: 1995
Next Anniversary: 2019–2020 academic year
Ensemble Type: Youth Auditioned Community Choir
(Beginning to advanced young singers are welcome to audition August, January and June)
Size: 130 members
Yearly Contributions: $720
(Tuition, September - May)
Rehearses: Mondays, 4:30pm during the Academic Year at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Olympia, WA
(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 well-rounded individuals in our five choirs who are enthusiastic about singing and enjoy school, family, and the pursuit of 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 different venues throughout the year, including the Olympia Choral Society Holiday Benefit Concerts, the Governor’s Mansion, Providence St. Peter Foundation’s Christmas Forest, as well as service organizations, retirement homes and elementary and middle schools in the area. The Olympia Youth chorus has also performed in the following choral venues:

Pacific International Children’s Choral Festival, Oregon

Rebecca Rottsalk, Director

Pacific Rim International Children’s Choral Festival, Hawaii

Henry Leck, Director

Fort Worden Children’s Choral Festival

Juan-Tony Guzman, Director

San Francisco Tour with Stanford University Master Class

Steve Sano, Director

Seattle Intermediate Choir Festival, Seattle, WA

Somerset International Choral Festival, England

Z. Randall Stroope, Director

New York City Tour and Broadway Workshop

Crossroads Children's Choir Festival, Nashville, Tennessee

Seattle Heritage Festival 2016

Group Size: 130

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 Cynthia Dinsmore, Artistic Director, for more information: (360)943-6179.

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 5th 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 7-8:30 pm; and Forza, our choir for changed male voices - middle school-high school - rehearses on Thursdays from 7:00-8:30 pm, also at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.

Olympia Youth Chorus. Olympia Youth Chorus/Jim Tobin
Olympia Youth Chorus. Olympia Youth Chorus/Jim Tobin
Olympia Youth Chorus. Olympia Youth Chorus/Jim Tobin
Olympia Youth Chorus. Olympia Youth Chorus/Jim Tobin