Member Organization

Rainier Youth Choirs

Mailing Address:
PO Box 9222
Covington, WA 98042
Artistic Director: Leora Schwitters
Founded: 2007
Next Anniversary: 2026–2027 academic year
Ensemble Type: Youth Non-Auditioned Community Choir
Size: 80 members
Yearly Contributions: $500
Tuition-based, non-profit, varies by group; sibling discount; partial scholarships
Rehearses: Mondays, 5:15pm during the Academic Year at Cedar Heights Middle School, Kent, WA
Rehearsals begin October 4, 2021; 5:15pm for grades 2-4, 6:30pm for gr. 5-8 and gr. 9-12

Upcoming Events

Light Eternal
featuring a performance of Moren Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna"
Saturday, March 16, 2024Mar 16, 7:00pm at Kent United Methodist Church, Kent, WA
Sunday, March 17, 2024Mar 17, 3:00pm at Kent United Methodist Church, Kent, WA
Shine On!
Follow Your Heart Season 17
Sunday, May 19, 2024May 19, 3:00pm at New Hope Presbyterian Church, Kent, WA


Our mission: To encourage the personal and social growth of our singers and inspire our community through impactful performances and music education.

Rainier Youth Choirs was founded in 2007 by Artistic Director, Leora Schwitters, as a youth offering under the adult Kent community ensemble, the Rainier Chorale, and gained independent 501(c)3 non-profit status in 2019.

RYC offers an exceptional, affordable and family-friendly youth program that fosters teamwork, self-discipline, accomplishment and pride.

RYC's grade-level choirs rehearse weekly on Monday nights September through June at Cedar Heights Middle School in Covington, WA and present two 'main-stage' seasonal concerts in December and May at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Kent. Additional opportunities include various community performances, retreats, festivals, and local and extended tours.

Rainier Youth Choirs is a community-based organization with no religious affiliation. Members come from Auburn, Burien, Covington, Des Moines, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Issaquah, Kent, Maple Valley, Puyallup, Renton, Snoqualmie, and Sumner, with no restrictions. It is a tuition-based music performance and education program for children and youth emphasizing the development of high caliber musical skills and outstanding artistic performances so as to inspire, enrich, and transform the lives of children. Partial scholarships are available and new members are accepted each fall and January.

RYC's highly qualified instructors, all with advanced degrees and many years of choral directing experience, deliver artistic, inspirational and enjoyable music instruction and choral performances. Professional level instrumentalists assist in rehearsals and in performances.

Travel is an expected part of the curriculum and not covered by tuition. These opportunities are often life changing and greatly enrich each singer and ensemble. Younger groups: one to two days, local tour or festival. Older groups travel farther and longer. Previous destinations have included Oregon, New Orleans, Hawaii, and New York City. NYC’s Carnegie Hall was the cancelled destination for 2020. RYC’s first international tour was to Ireland in 2017.

Ensemble Photos

Rainier Youth Choirs. February 2020 Finale
Rainier Youth Choirs. February 2020 Finale
Rainier Youth Choirs. April 2022 Retreat with composer Reg Unterseher
Rainier Youth Choirs. April 2022 Retreat with composer Reg Unterseher
Rainier Youth Choirs. Colla Voce February 2020
Rainier Youth Choirs. Colla Voce February 2020