Vision and Philosophy of Cary Youth Voices
If there is one thing that defines Cary and its community, it is children and families with children. Cary Youth Voices choruses have several benefits:
* It involves a greater share of the community
* It allows us to educate young people and their parents in the value of arts programs
* It allows us to expose children to new sounds and new literature
Cary Youth Voices is a new organization with a long history. Launched in 2000 by the Concert Singers of Cary as the Cary Children’s Concert Choir, this choir was a program of the Concert Singers and spent many years growing and expanding from one choir with 28 children to three choirs serving more than 70 singers. Under the leadership of former Assistant Conductor Stephen J. Mulder, planning began in earnest in late 1999 for a program serving children in grades 3 through 6 and began in September 2000. The choir was named Cary Children’s Concert Choir (C4). In the Fall of 2009 the program was expanded to include a new choir for older singers in grades 6 through 12, called the Cary Youth Chorale (CYC). Cary Children’s Choir (C3), a training choir for children in grades 2 and 3, was added in Fall 2013.
This year marks another milestone as the Cary Children’s Concert Choir becomes its own 501 (c)3 group called Cary Youth Voices. The individual choirs have new names as well: Prep (formerly C3), Treble (formerly C4), and Concert (formerly CYC) Choirs. We will continue to grow and expand and are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.
Auditions are required for acceptance (with a parent present during the audition) and children are only excluded from participation under the most extreme circumstances.