MISSION AND HISTORY

As the region’s leading and premier choral ensemble for young singers, Pittsburgh Youth Chorus is dedicated to enriching lives through professional-level choral education and performance.  Pittsburgh Youth Chorus provides opportunities for a diverse group of children to realize their innate artistic potential and share experiences that enrich their lives while benefiting their families and communities. Over the years, more than 2200 children and teens have participated in our progressive program of choral education, mastering challenging choral repertoire in a variety of genres and languages and receiving a solid education in music theory and vocal production.

Pittsburgh Youth Chorus prides itself on an esteemed history dating back to 1983 when the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra needed a children’s chorus to join in a festival performance of Mahler’s Third Symphony.  Although the chorus would never again be associated with another festival, the chorus became known as the Children’s Festival Chorus.  In 2015, a board-driven decision to change the name to more accurately reflect the region and the individuals we serve resulted in the newly-named Pittsburgh Youth Chorus.

From its earliest years to the present, Pittsburgh Youth Chorus continues to be a highly-regarded source of performance-ready talent to many professional organizations, including the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops, the Pittsburgh Opera and the Mendelssohn Choir.

In 2015, Shawn Funk was named Artistic Director. The core choirs of PYC – Troubadours, Talisman and Bel Canto Singers– continue to offer a progression of increasingly demanding repertoires and vocal styles while a new Neighborhood Training Choir program offers an introductory choral experience for children in Pittsburgh’s north and south hills.

We are deeply indebted to all those who worked tirelessly to enable Pittsburgh Youth Chorus to reach its present level of renown, particularly our founding director Jeanette Tagg and Christine Jordanoff who,  serving as Artistic Director from 1986-2014,  developed and guided our 3-tiered choral program to its present level of national renown .