The Oakland Youth Chorus unites diverse communities and transforms young people’s lives through excellence in music education and community performance.
The Oakland Youth Chorus provides Bay Area students of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds with a comprehensive TK-12 multicultural music education. OYC participants develop confidence, collaboration and socio-emotional learning skills, respect for diverse peoples and greater understanding of the world’s cultures. They become global citizens and advocates for community change. Music plays a vital role in a young person’s life. Whether or not a young person pursues music as a profession, OYC provides students with fundamental tools and skills to succeed.
OYC provides school day and after school programs at low or no-cost to families. Music education programs and choral training ensembles are located in schools and community sites throughout Oakland, Alameda, Richmond and El Cerrito for children and youth aged 4-19. Our approach combines repertoire from cultures around the world, performance opportunities, and a concrete foundation in music literacy. Students at every level of our programming enjoy opportunities to travel with the Chorus to perform for local schools, organizations and cultural events.