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OYC Percussion Class to be featured at the Oakland Zoo

On Saturday, March 27, at Noon, join the OYC class from Garfield Elementary as they help the Oakland Zoo celebrate “Feast for the Beasts.”

Their performance features live music and dance from around the world by Garfield Elementary’s Cultural Music and Dance class. These second and third graders will soothe your beasts with beautiful xylophone music from Africa and Mexico and dances from Africa. The class is led by Oakland Youth Chorus teaching artist Dan Faiver and is offered in partnership with the after school program operated by the East Bay Asian Youth Center. The performance will be from 12:00pm to 12:20pm in the Valley Children’s Zoo’s Wildlife Theater.

For more information on this event, visit the Oakland Zoo site.


Standing Ovation for CONCERT CHORUS!

Concert Chorus had a wondering weekend of gigs. First a small ensemble performed on Friday, October, 2, 2009 for the ProArts Celebration at the Frank Ogawa plaza in Oakland. The following morning, the full chorus performed for the Niroga Brunch and Celebration at the First Congregational Church of Oakland. After singing four pieces, with several different soloists, the chorus was showered with thunderous applause, and a standing ovation. Audience members at the performance commented that the group was inspirational and added extra spice to the event!

Good Job Concert Chorus!

Join us for an OYC Benefit Show

Join us for an evening of music and dance from diverse African and Afro-Caribbean traditions.  This unique show will feature members of OYC’s Music of our World faculty, and will help OYC start a new MOOW program for middle school students next summer.

Music of our World Benefit Show

7:00 p.m., November 1

La Pena Cultural Center

Stay tuned for advance ticket information

Tickets available at the door

OYC’s MOOW program offers elementary school students the opportunity to study percussion, dance and traditional songs from a variety of world cultures.  The program is staffed by a talented and diverse faculty with extensive experience both as performers and teachers.  Among the MOOW faculty’s areas of expertise are traditional Zimbabwean dance and music, West African music, Haitian, Cuban, Puerto Rican and other Latin and Caribbean musical traditions.

Children in these classes learn a variety of skills including recognition and interpretation of a wide range of rhythmic patterns, hand drum and stick control techniques, time keeping, recognition of melody and song structure, body control and expressive movement, and the rudiments of musical theory, among others.  Besides these technical skills, children learn about the history, folkloric traditions and artistic values of a variety of cultures.  IN the process of learning music and dances, children also learn valuable lessons in geography, world history, social diversity, and inter-cultural understanding.

OYC teacher to perform in Marriage of Figaro

OYC teacher Dan Faiver will be playing timpani with the Bay Area Classical Harmonies performing Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) at the end of September at the Oakland Metro Operahouse. Note that on Sunday, children 12 and under are free.


Thursday, September 24th @7:30PM

Friday, September 25th @7:30PM

Saturday, September 26th @7:30PM

Sunday, September 27th @3:00PM (Matinée) Children free.

More info at

Oakland Youth Chorus to perform at Yerba Buena Gardens

Concert Chorus will perform at Yerba Buena Gardens Saturday afternoon, September 19.

This Queens of New Orleans show, produced by OYC’s teacher Michelle Jacques, will feature CHELLE! & Friends (including Michelle and fellow OYC teachers Rhonda Crane and Bryan Dyer) as well as Dr. Dee Spencer and Jennifer Jolly.

Start your weekend right with OYC! The event starts at 1pm with OYC performing around 2pm.

Listen to OYC on KALW

This spring, OYC’s Executive Director Sharon Dolan had the opportunity to speak about its programs with Hana Baba of KALW’s Crosscurrents.

The Oakland Youth Chorus has been around for 35 years. We started as a performing chorus for high school aged youth.  Somewhere along the line, about 15 years in, there stopped being music education in the public schools, so kids were arriving in high school with no music training.  Of course, the kids whose families had more resources were more likely to be able to do this on their own, but the kids whose families didn’t have the resources to send them off for piano lessons weren’t getting any kind of music education at all.

The teachers get to bring in their own songs from their own areas of expertise.  They will learn the lyrics in both languages so maybe they will sing a verse in English and a verse in the original langugage.  We are always teaching about the cultural importance of the song and its placement in history.  Where they in the middle of a war and was it a song of resistance of some kind?  The teachers are very focused on making sure the kids are learning the cultural context.

OYC is hiring

OYC is hiring two part-time positions: a Fundraising Coordinator and a Theory Instructor/ Choir Accompanist.  Please visit our site to download the job descriptions (PDFs).