Pittsburgh Youth Chorus

About Pittsburgh Youth Chorus

Pittsburgh Youth Chorus is a collective of young people who have been empowered and inspired by the joy of singing. Led by a dedicated staff of choral professionals who specialize in the young voice, Pittsburgh Youth Chorus (PYC) serves the region through exceptional choral music education and artistry. With opportunities for singers ages 6-18 – and with a focus on personal development, community engagement, traveland cultural exchange – PYC’s multi-faceted programing is celebrated for its ability to nurture the potential of its participants while fostering confidence, dedication, and a sense of belonging. 

PYC made its debut in 1983, joining the forces of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Mahler’s Third Symphony. As the fledgling chorus grew, as did its list of collaborators – Pittsburgh Opera, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh Public Theater have all shared the stage with the group’s young musiciansPYC has also hosted artists of international acclaim, such as Kim Nazarian of New York Voices, Joe Negri (best known for his work on Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood), the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble, and Elisabeth von Trapp. Beyond its home in western PA, Pittsburgh Youth Chorus has taken young singers to Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Oregon, and the United Kingdom. 

The magic of PYC is in the relationships – bonds between the young singers that rise from making music together, and then turn the music-making into a powerful and meaningful experience. Countless families have attested to how their lives have been touched as a result of being a part of the PYC family. Pittsburgh Youth Chorus is proud of its singers – past and present – and eager to continue serving our communities with programs that invest in the region’s cultural landscape and future leaders. 


  • Troubadours- Troubadours is for auditioned elementary school children from grade 3 and above.
  • Talisman- Singers in this choir are usually grade 5 and above.
  • Bel Canto Singers- Members range from grade 6 and above.
  • High School Ensembles- Headwaters an ensemble for high school treble voices and Bridge City Singers an ensemble for high school changed voices.
  • Grove City College Satellite Choir- offered in Grove City on the campus of Grove City College for singers typically in grades 3-6.
  • Summer Singers Day Camp- a one week summer camp experience for children (aged 7-10 in our Pittsburgh location and 7-11 in our Grove City location).
  • CAMP- a required 5-7 day overnight camp for enrolled Talisman and Bel Canto Singers which generally takes place in July or August.
  • Neighborhood Training Choirs- our non-auditioned Neighborhood Training Choirs provide an exciting opportunity for young singers in 1st-3rd grades to discover their voice in a high-quality choral-education program that is close to home. There are classes located in the North, South, East, and West of Pittsburgh.

To learn more about PYC, visit our website!



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