Modesto Symphony Youth Chorus

Calling all singers ages 8-18!

The Modesto Symphony Youth Chorus (MSYC), led by Mrs. Jennifer Grover, welcomes both beginning and advanced singers and offers an engaging and inspiring music experience for young vocalists, as well as the opportunity to perform alongside Music Director David Lockington and the Modesto Symphony Orchestra and MSO Chorus at the Gallo Center for the Arts! During the 2019/2020 season the MSYC will be featured on The MSO’s Holiday Pops, Holiday Candlelight, Link Up, and Carmina Burana concerts.

The MSYC is comprised of two groups of singers: the MSYC Chorale and the MSYC Choristers. For more information on the groups, please see below.

MSYC Choristers: Beginner - Intermediate

The MSYC Choristers curriculum will focus on building a strong musical foundation through engaging and dynamic rehearsals. Choristers will learn the basics of vocal pedagogy through ear training, solfege, sight-reading, and will develop proper breath support and posture for quality singing. They will perform a wide range of music styles and will learn to sing two and three parts during their 1-hour rehearsal on Monday evenings.

Throughout the year, Choristers will:

  • Learn the major scale in solfege

  • Become familiar with simple and compound meters

  • Begin to understand rhythms: whole, half, quarter, eighth

  • Be able to sing confidently on pitch and hold a part independently

  • Learn to maintain good focus in rehearsal and support other singers

  • Learn excellent vocal posture

  • Make a commitment to attend all rehearsals and performances

The Modesto Symphony Youth Chorus is excited to expand to a mixed voice chorus and welcome tenor and bass singers to audition!

MSYC Chorale: Intermediate - Advanced

The MSYC Chorale is an audition-based ensemble. Auditions will be held at the beginning of each season as well as at the discretion of the Chorus Director. For their audition, students should bring a prepared song from classical repertoire and be able to demonstrate vocal range by participating in vocal exercises with the Chorus Director. An accompanist will be provided. Students will be assessed for technical ability, intonation, rhythmic accuracy, and musicianship. 

Members of the MSYC Chorale will enjoy working together on sophisticated compositions that are especially suited to young SATB voices. Chorale members will continue to develop their musicianship through repertoire that covers a larger range of styles and languages.  Rehearsals for this group are held on Monday evenings for 1.5 hours. 

Chorale Members should:

  • Have willingness to work on sophisticated literature, including foreign languages

  • Be able to hold part independently

  • Commitment to develop musicianship, both in class and independently

  • Maintain high level of focus

  • Sing with poise and maintain a polished demeanor on stage

  • Sing with blend and balanced tone in ensemble

  • Sing independently in parts

  • Support the other members of the choir

  • Make a commitment to attend all rehearsals and performances


Tuition & Financial Assistance

MSYC tuition is $300 per season when paid in a lump sum at the beginning of the year or $160 per semester if paid via a payment plan. MSYC families with more than one child participating in any given year will receive a 20% sibling discount after the first full tuition. Please note that it is the family’s responsibility to keep all active MSYC members’ tuition accounts in good standing. The MSYC reserves the right to not allow participation in concerts if a member has an outstanding tuition balance and there are no prior arrangements made with the Finance Department.

The Modesto Symphony Orchestra believes that everyone should have access to music education and we strive to make our programs available to all students, regardless of their financial background. Need-based financial assistance is available to help MSYC members cover the cost of tuition. 

Please contact Lauren Dietrich, Education Manager, at ldietrich@modestosymphony.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Artistic Leadership

Jennifer Grover, Youth Chorus Director


Rehearsals:

Choristers: Monday, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Chorale: Monday, 6 pm - 7:30 pm
Location: Emanuel Lutheran Church
324 College Ave, Modesto, CA 95354


Click below to register for chorale auditions today!


Upcoming MSYC Performances