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November 24, 2012

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November 24, 2012

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 back then). I was first of all overwhelmed by the packed sanctuary that I walked into, secondly entertained by the long and diverse holiday program all these children and directors had prepared, and thirdly, as my repeated appreciation goosebumps and tears came forth through so many of their songs, their young voices and message was very touching. I am thrilled to see this urban city choir still being supported beautifully through all that goes on in life. Family and community support shining Oakland pride for sure!

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Life-changing

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2011

November 8, 2012

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November 8, 2012

I have many friends who went through this program when they were teens back in the 80's and when my daughter was old enough I was proud to have her join the choir. OYC provides much-need support for Oakland Youth, giving them a place to spend their time and energy, and focusing them on an idea that is bigger than them, at a time when it is easy to forget the needs of the world around you. When my daughter was singing with them, she was exposed to the compassionate outreach to young children in public schools with little to no musical education, she sang at fundraisers and events supporting other non-profits, and committed her time and energy to a goal greater than her own teen mind could have conceived. As an adult, she now speaks passionately and persuasively about the value of musical education for children, understands the connections between the individuals efforts and the group well-being, and really sees the value in investing in a diverse educational experience for children everywhere. OYC takes something fun and lets it teach our children to be compassionate AND passionate about their beliefs. I love OYC. Thank you for all you have done for our family!

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November 5, 2012

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November 5, 2012

Oakland Youth Chorus has been a shining star in the City of Oakland. As a grassroots organization this chorus has managed to remain an example of community, talent, and hard work even while the city hit headlines for much less desirable news. The kids are always well-prepared, manerable, and consistentely sound like professionals. It is hard to believe that such a magnitude of musical excellence comes from a community choir. As a long time follower and supporter, I have known youth to continue with their musical paths while in college and beyond. This small organization, led by a phenomenal musical director, makes a lifelong impact on supporters and participants alike.

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April 28, 2011

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April 28, 2011

Oakland Youth Chorus provides inner city children from the Bay Area's poorest neighborhoods with the opportunity to learn to sing with a large group of similarly situated children. With budget cuts affecting music programs in all schools, this is one of the last chances for underprivileged kids to experience the beauty of making music. And that they do: they are wonderful to hear and experience.

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Seeing the impact which this training has on young people, some of whom have developed enough musical skill to get scholarships to college.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to get sufficient funds for an endowment.

April 27, 2011

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April 27, 2011

OYC is an excellent program for children in the Bay Area. They are trully providing an outlet for children to learn in a safe environment. OYC is at the center of Oaklands heart.

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many ways. I was once a child in OYC. At the time they were taking arts out of the public schools. OYC provided a place that my parents knew that I would be safe. OYC taught students how to respect others and their difference and to trully creat Harmony with the voices and in the community.

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I would like for them to have more public concerts.

April 27, 2011

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April 27, 2011

OYC has made a tremendous difference in my daughter's life! She has aspergers and social networking with neurotypical children and teens is not always easy for her. Singing in the OYC choirs has given her a real sence of acceptance. She ahs been in OYC since 5th grade and is now a senior in high school. She has even recieved a special award as OYC cheerleader!

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I have seen what this experience has done for my daughter. I have experienced her happiness and acceptance within this organization.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to figure out how they could get better funding so they can continue to reach out to more children in Oakland!

April 27, 2011
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April 27, 2011
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Our son is a kindergartener in an Oakland Public School (Chabot). We signed him up for an aftershool chorus class last fall not knowing what a fabulous organization we were going to get to become a part of.
Oakland Youth Chorus is well run, spirited, and inspirational, giving children
something big to be a part of from their first day. The concert performances display an impressive range of hard work, talent and commitment. It's also great to see children of all ages singing together.
Our son's self confidence and knowledge of music has grown tremendously over the year. It's truly been a pleasure.
Keep up the great work OYC!

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See review. My son's confidence has grown along with his feeling of being a part of the community at large.

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none

April 27, 2011

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April 27, 2011

I have attended Oakland Youth Chorus concerts over the past six years. When I see these children perform, it is evident to me that the alumni and music teachers give them 100 percent in teaching and mentoring them. I can feel the love and support of the parents and extended family when I am sitting in the audience.

On a personal note, I have seen some of the kids transition from being not so sure of themselves into becoming very self-confident and thus helping to develop their self-esteem.

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I have personally experienced the results of OYC through a young lady I have known since pre-school and is presently in her freshman year of high school. Prior to her joining OYC, she was shy and did not feel good about herself. During her first school year with OYC, she got involved with her peer group and developed her singing voice. Her self-esteem and confidence are strong. She reaches for the stars by applying herself academically and is a great team member on her swim team.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would want to make sure that all children K - 12 in the Oakland Public Schools are aware of OYC and have the opportunity to participate, It is my understanding that only a select group of schools are invited to participate in OYC.

April 26, 2011

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April 26, 2011

They bring music to hundreds of children who would otherwise get no exposure to this curriculum. They do not dumb it down or only do what's popular. These kids get classical, jazz, spiritual and world music. They sing in multiple languages and learn about the world.

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concerts are amazing.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure they are more secure financially.

April 21, 2011

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April 21, 2011

My daughter sang with Oakland Youth Chorus for 5 years. The leadership is wonderful and inspiring. They teach a very diverse range of Oakland youth who learn how to make wonderful music together, but I the Chorus leadership also has a strong sense of integrity and a moral base of what are good ways to live and they teach that in many different ways to the children.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

five years of my child having participated

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Want it to be more accessible to an even larger group of Oakland youth.

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