The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus

Cleveland Orchestra Youth Choruses

Supported by Iris and Tom Harvie, Kenneth and Kathleen Outcalt, The Wesley Family Foundation, and The Edward and Ruth Wilkof Foundation

The Youth Chorus performs annually with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and is regularly called to perform with The Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Music Center and Blossom Music Center. Additionally, the Youth Chorus performs at other community concerts and events each season.

Daniel Singer, Director
Devon Steve, Assistant Director
Daniel Overly, Collaborative Pianist
Taylor Mills Logan, Manager

2023-24 Season Overview

Witness the future of classical music

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus welcomes you back for the 2023-24 Season which includes several exciting performances in Mandel Concert Hall at Severance and concerts open and free to the public in the Greater Cleveland community.

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The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus Honor Choir

Mar 24, 2024
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Youth Chorus singing

Holiday Concerts at Severance Music Center

Dec 2024
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Joining COYC

What’s it like to be a member?

The Youth Chorus is open to students who will be entering grades 9 through 12 in the fall, as well as 8th grade students with changing voices. The Youth Chorus rehearses at University Circle United Methodist Church on Sunday afternoons between September and April and perform approximately 3 to 5 concerts at year. Hear from our choristers directly:

  • “It means everything to have a home away from home in this group. I build my vocal skills and my social and emotional skills with my COYC family!”
  • “Once I joined COYC, it helped show me that there’s even more opportunities for higher level music and it helped further inspire me to pursue a career in music.”
  • “I love singing with COYC. It allows me to grow as a musician every day and introduces me to other peers with similar interests. Choir is my favorite part of every week.”
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About COYC

Be a part of our history

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus was founded in 1991 to raise interest in choral music within the schools of northeastern Ohio, and to encourage more students to continue their choral activities through college and into adulthood. The Youth Chorus comprises of approximately 80 members in grades 9 through 12 and represents almost 40 schools and communities. Like their colleagues in the Youth Orchestra, they are selected by audition.

On average, the Youth Chorus presents five concerts each season and collaborates with other musical ensembles such as The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, and the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. In addition to performances at Severance Music Center, their activities include concerts and community engagement programs throughout the greater Cleveland area, as well as workshops and masterclass opportunities with highly regarded choral directors and clinicians.

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus has been led by Gareth Morell (1991-98), Betsy Burleigh (1998-2006), Frank Bianchi (2006-12), Lisa Wong (2012-17), and Daniel Singer (2017-present). The ensemble has been widely praised as one of the top high-school-aged choral performing ensembles in the state of Ohio.

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The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus