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Phone: 510-287-9700
685 14th Street
California 94612

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Target demographics: OYC serves children and youth ages 5-21 in Oakland, Alameda, and reaching throughout the East Bay.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 600 singers in the 2012-13 season

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: help our production staff with our concerts, help to create social media posts, distribute marketing materials to schools and community sites, or support our organization's fundraising campaigns.

Geographic areas served: Alameda County

Programs: OYC produces two professional choral concerts per year for all of our singers, performs at Bay Area community events, and offers students vocal and performance training. OYC also offers in-school and after-school vocal and general music training to children in 14 Oakland and Alameda schools and community based sites, including a chorus for homeschoolers.

OYC's Mission is to provide a cross-cultural music education and performance program fostering talent, confidence, and community. OYC trains youth to learn and perform a varied repertoire, supporting the Oakland and East Bay community's rich artistic diversity by providing community-based music education programs that reflect the cultural richness of our city.
OYC's middle school and high school age Concert Chorus is an award-winning group that has won major national awards at the Heritage Music Festivals several years running, and has sung and performed at community events all over the Bay Area. For the 2011-2012 season, in addition to OYC's annual winter and spring choral concerts, they performed at various holiday gigs around the East Bay, joined Lynne Morrow and Oakland East Bay Symphony Chorus in a performance of Carmina Burana at The Paramount, and traveled to Santa Cruz for Music in the Parks Festival, where they won First Place in our category and the esteemed Espiritu Award.

Over 500 elementary school children participated in OYC's All-City and school-based Miracle Choruses in Oakland and Alameda last season. They performed with Mr. Steve of PBS Kids in the Oakland Holiday Parade, performed at Rhythmix Cultural Works' 5th anniversary celebration in Alameda, and wowed the audience at OYC's two annual concerts.

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I have continued to be impressed by the work of Oakland Youth Chorus, and its commitment to reaching young people in the local community. I attended last year's holiday concert and was moved to tears by their high quality presentation. The youth seemed to enjoy themselves and were so well-trained. ... more »
Oakland Youth Chorus partnered with us at Youth Radio this year on the piloting of our new digital media and technology workforce program by taking on an intern for the summer. OYC's staff and leadership showed, and continue to exhibit, deep commitments to improving the lives of Oakland youth ... more »
Former '80-'81 OYC member here, hadn't heard the choir in years and last Christmas 2011, as a birthday treat from my mom, my 2 pre-teen daughters, 75 yr old mom and I secured the last few tickets available to the holiday concert at First Presbytarian Church in Oakland, (where we had practiced way ... more »
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