The Gainesville Youth Chorus, Inc. is a not-for-profit, regionally-based chorus for boys and girls ages 8-18 that has become an international children's touring choir. Established in 1994, the Gainesville Youth Chorus (GYC) is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the natural qualities of the unchanged voice. GYC has two principle performing groups; the Concertina Choir and the Concert Choir.
A much sought after choir, the Gainesville Youth Chorus typically performs 8-10 free concerts annually in Gainesville and the surrounding areas, as well as invitational performances, benefit performances, and other community and regional events. Through the "Joining Voices Across the Sea" (JVAS) cultural exchange program, GYC travels internationally and has performed in Austria, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, the U.K., Germany, Switzerland, France and the Czech Republic. The JVAS program is designed to foster intercultural understanding and acceptance and to develop skills supportive of positive life choices through the musical arts.
In addition to choral training received throughout the year, members participate in the following programs: the Young and Advanced Musicians Programs, Mentor Program, and Directors' Assistants Programs. The Young and Advanced Musicians Programs give our members opportunities to learn music reading skills and further performance skills throughout our concert season. The Mentor Program provides guidance for first year members and opportunities for veteran members to develop and refine leadership skills. The Directors' Assistant Program gives emerging musical leaders opportunities to apprentice with GYC Artistic Staff members.
GYC has a highly credentialed, volunteer-based staff and parent organization. Our Board of Directors is comprised of active professional and musical members of our community, who support our mission and encourage local and corporate support. Member tuition provides a base for our operating budgett, with additional funding from the State of Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, The Florida Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, City of Gainesville's Department of Cultural Affairs, individual donors, grants, foundation funding and local corporate donations. GYC admits members without regard to race, color, creed or financial circumstances. A scholarship program is maintained to ensure that financial aid is available to families who qualify.
It is the policy of the Gainesville Youth Chorus, Inc. to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any accommodation to participate in any sponsored programs, please contact Deborah DeForges, Artistic Director at 352-256-7283, seven days in advance to initiate your request.