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Fall 2012 session in full swing in preparation for holiday events and OYC Concert on December 15

Concert Chorus singers learning a new song

OYC’s singers are meeting every week at 14 sites.  Our K-5th grade Miracle Chorus, Middle School Choruses, and our middle and high school Concert Chorus singers rehearse in afterschool programs onsite at OYC, at specific schools in Oakland and Alameda and in community sites for homeschoolers and for students at schools not directly served with OYC’s enrichment classes.

You’ll hear the sweet sounds of the K-5th grade Miracle Chorus singers in Oakland at Chabot, Glenview, Hillcrest, Kaiser, RedwoodHeights, St. Martin de Porres, Think College Now and at our All-City community ensemble that meets onsite at OYC.

You can hear our singers from one end of Alameda to the other with programs at Franklin and NEA, as well as a daytime class for homeschooled children at Rhythmix Cultural Works and a wonderful community ensemble through a partnership with Alameda Recreation and Parks Department, which meets at the Veterans Memorial Building mid-island.  This chorus serves every K-5th grade student in Alameda regardless of the school they attend.

Artistic and Education Director, La Nell Martin, leads Concert Chorus rehearsal

OYC’s Artistic and Education Director, La Nell Martin, not only leads the onsite Concert Chorus at OYC’s home at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland, but also directs the middle school ensembles at Bret Harte and St. Martin de Porres in Oakland and Lincoln Middle School in Alameda.

While La Nell is teaching an advanced repertoire to our middle and high school singers this session in preparation for the many holiday gigs OYC has coming up, our K-5th grade Miracle Chorus instructors are rehearsing an eclectic rep of songs from around the world to our elementary school aged singers, which they will perform at various events in November and December.  Check out OYC’s Calendar of Events on our website for details.

While providing a stellar music education is at the core of OYC’s mission, all our singers get opportunities to showcase what they’re learning at events throughout the season, culminating in OYC’s annual holiday concert on Saturday, December 15 at 6pm at First Presbyterian Church of Oakland (Broadway at 27th St). This glorious holiday tradition features over 200 singers representing all of our programs, singing traditional and contemporary holiday music, as well as songs from around the world that will evoke the holiday spirit. Don’t miss it!  Tickets available now:


OYC announces audition dates!


Begin your musical journey with the Oakland Youth Chorus by joining the award-winning Concert Chorus (ages 14-21) or Middle School Magic Chorus this fall.  Auditions for Concert Chorus will be held August 23-27 and September 7-10 with the first rehearsal on September 14.  There is a brief interview process to join Middle School Magic – no audition -you just need a desire to sing and the commitment to participate.  Middle School Magic’s first meeting is September 13.

Call Director of Choral Programs, LaNell Martin, to set your appointment today by calling 510-287-9700 xt 102 or email her at

Some OYC classes resume next week

High School Concert Chorus, the Chamber Ensemble, and several elementary school programs resume next week.

Concert Chorus will return to its usual schedule, Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-6, starting Tuesday, January 5.

Chamber Ensemble will begin winter rehearsals Tuesday, January 5 as well.

The OYC Miracle Chorus at Chabot Elementary will continue its winter session Monday, January 4.  Both the All-City Miracle Chorus and the OYC Miracle Chorus at Kaiser Elementary begin their winter-spring sessions Tuesday, January 5.

Looking ahead, the Middle School Magic Chorus resumes Monday, January 11 and the OYC Miracle Chorus at Glenview resumes later in the month.

If you do not see your school or program here, please check with an on-site coordinator or call us at 510-287-9700 to get an update.

Tech Week Schedule for Winter Choral Concert

Monday 12/7:

No Rehearsals, not even for Middle School Magic

Tuesday 12/8:

Concert Chorus 4:30-6:30pm

Chamber Ensemble 6:30-7:30pm

All City Miracle Chorus normal time and location

Wednesday 12/9:

Middle School Magic 4:30-6:30

Tuesday and Wednesday rehearsals listed above take place at First Unitarian Church of Oakland as usual.

Thursday 12/10:

Chamber Ensemble 5:30-8:45

Combined Miracle Chorus 6-7:30pm

Middle School Magic 6-7:45

Concert Chorus 6-8:45pm

All Thursday rehearsals listed above take place at the concert venue, First Congregational Church of Oakland, 2501 Harrison Street @ 27th.

Saturday 12/12:

Concert begins at 7pm at First Congregational.

Call times for specific groups are listed below:

Chamber Ensemble: 5pm

Concert Chorus: 5:30pm

Miracles (Elementary aged) and Middle School: 6pm

A selection of snacks will be provided for the Miracles but all performers should have dinner before arriving.

Thanksgiving Week Rehearsals: Chamber Ensemble Only

Concert Chorus and Middle School Magic do not have rehearsal this week because of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

However, the Chamber Ensemble will have a special rehearsal Tuesday, November 24 from 4-6pm.

Rehearsals resume next week.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Middle School Magic not rehearsing Wednesday Nov 11

Middle School Magic will not have its Wednesday rehearsal this week because of the Veteran’s Day holiday.

OYC will rehearse Monday, October 12

All of OYC’s Monday programs will continue Monday, October 12: Middle School Magic, Miracle Chorus at Chabot, Miracle Chorus at Glenview, Miracle Chorus at Lighthouse, and all our programs at Fruitvale Elementary.

However, OYC’s offices will be closed for the holiday.