OAKLAND YOUTH CHORUS

Rating: 4.89 stars   37 reviews

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Location: 685 14th Street Oakland CA 94612 USA

Mission: 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.
Results: 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.
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
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.
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Rating: 5 stars  

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. Also, I loved watching the choral teachers encourage the youth backstage. Their interaction seemed warm and genuine. If I was a young person, this is the kind of group that I'd want to be part of.

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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 through arts education, personal and professional development. Our sincere thanks go out to the small but mighty team at OYC for genuinely engaging our community on so many levels!

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I work with OYC at Think College Now Elementary School. Ms. JJ gets the students excited about music by playing games and teaching them new things. I know the students love the music program because I hear them humming the songs in all their other classes! This program also opens them up to learning about new cultures that they wouldn't otherwise learn about.

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OYC is providing an invaluable resource to the Bay Area with its strong musical programming, leadership opportunities for youth, and overall sense of ethics and social justice. OYC demands dedicated practice and performance from the youth, from tiny preschools on up. I've shot pictures of the singers in rehearsal and was impressed with the musical standards and the personal attention paid to each student. Standards are high; make no mistake, which gives these students a vision of all that they can be. OYC is a GREAT non-profit serving the needs of individuals and the community with high standards and a strong vision.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Participating as a member of the Oakland Youth Chorus was one of the greatest experiences of my childhood. It gave me the experience and confidence to pursue a career in music. It also provided a great opportunity for developing community, especially among at risk kids. It is a wonderful organization that kids can participate instead of staying at home playing video games or getting into trouble.

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I was a member of that organization for about 4 years when I was in junior high and high school in Oakland.

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I wouldn't change a thing. It is a very well run organiation.

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Oakland Youth Chorus is amazing! As a lifelong musician and music educator with experience in arts administration, I have seen organizations of this type from many sides, and I've never seen an organization quite like OYC. A top-notch administration inspires well-treated and respected educators to provide a high-quality product to a LOT of happy clients. The students deliver truly fabulous performances in a polished, well-oiled setting, giving them not only a solid musical education, but unforgettable performance opportunities that set the bar high for self respect, responsibility, and professionalism. In a city where schools have lost most if not all funding for the arts, OYC comes to the rescue of vocal music, drumming, and dance and fills in that gap.

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I remember my time working for OYC as a highlight of my teaching career. From the communications in planning and the respect afforded to employees all the way to the final product of the performances, OYC does it right.

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Fund the heck out of it.

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