The Oakland Youth Chorus (OYC) provides a multi-cultural music education and performance program for youth, fostering talent, confidence and community.

OYC was founded in 1974 to nurture the talent of Oakland’s youth and support friendships among Oakland’s many cultural groups. Since then, OYC has grown from a single community youth chorus to a multi-faceted program serving over 1,000 children and youth, ages 5-25 each year.

Our mission focuses on creating and sustaining programs of high artistic merit that are accessible to and supportive of children and youth who might otherwise not be able to experience the joy of making music with others.

OYC trains youth to learn and perform a varied repertoire, supporting the Oakland community’s rich artistic diversity by providing community-based music education programs that reflect the cultural richness of our city.  OYC youth develop self-confidence, a knowledge of the music of several cultures, and a lifelong love of music.


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