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Candlelight Carol, 2015. Eight of PYC’s choirs, 1st –12th grade.

Pacific Youth Choir


Candlelight Carol, 2015. David Chen. Photos by Samantha Schmiedeskamp.


Pacific Youth Choir brings kids from over 20 Oregon and Washington cities together to make music at a professional level that’s mature beyond their years.

They’ve sung regularly with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra and various other high-class acts such as Oregon Ballet Theatre, White Bird, and the Eugene Symphony, and are often featured on All Classical Portland’s live radio broadcast Thursdays at Three. They’ve even wowed the cocktail crowd: Bandleader Thomas Lauderdale of globetrotting jazz group Pink Martini has praised PYC’s contribution to his recordings as “a lifesaver.”

Like many youth music organizations, the PYC is made up of several smaller groups (10 total) divided by age and other criteria. Musicmakers is their kindergarten choir; Nova I and Nova II handle grades 1–4; there’s a Boychoir and Girlchoir for 5th –8th grades and a treble-voiced choir, Cascadia, for 6 –8. From there, PYC singers in 9 –12 grade, who compare well with college-age and adult ensembles, branch into Tsunami (men), Pacifica (women), Chamber Choir (a small, select group), and Pacific (a full choir in all four parts—soprano, alto, tenor, and bass). Altogether, PYC gives voice to more than 280 young singers, with the goal of inspiring and impressing all who hear.

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ARTSLANDIA APPLAUDS: A stratified kids’ choir that’s unified by musical excellence and sophisticated performing opportunities.