"Our choirs are a safe space where we celebrate students from all backgrounds and experiences, helping to learn about one another through the music we will perform together! Inclusivity, positivity, fun, and community are just a few of the things that you will experience with us. I cannot wait to meet you - I hope you choose to add your voice to our choir family!"
If you are interested in joining MYC, register HERE.
For the 2023-24 school year:
MYC rehearses Monday evenings from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. during the school year.
Prelude rehearses Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Both choirs rehearse at Justice Page Middle School, Minneapolis.
A one-week choir camp for all singers takes place each August,
daily from 9:30am to noon (MYC) and 1 to 3:30 p.m. (Prelude).
Launched by the Minnesota Chorale in 2007, the Minneapolis Youth Chorus is open to Minneapolis public and charter school students in grades 6 through 9. MYC seeks to enrich the lives of participants by providing them with opportunities to develop their musical gifts in an environment dedicated to the celebration of diversity and the pursuit of artistic excellence. The program is offered at no charge to participants: all costs are borne by the Minnesota Chorale.
Prelude, a choir for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders new to the MYC program, was established in 2012. It is designed as an introductory choral experience for younger singers.
We are so pleased to announce that Nicole Lambrecht has been named our Director of Youth Ensembles.
Nicole is Assistant Professor of Music at Bethel University where she directs the SSAA choir, Lucia Chorum, and teaches private voice and music education courses. Nicole is also Artistic Director and Conductor of Minnesota Center Chorale, a community choir in St. Cloud, MN. Prior to this, she taught middle & high school choir for nine years. Nicole also currently serves as the Central District Chair for ACDA-MN and as the Collegiate-Level Vice President for MMEA. Nicole holds a Master of Music with a Conducting Specialization from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in K-12 Choral Music Education from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Nicole has presented choirs at MMEA Midwinter Clinic and at several festivals in MN and ND; she has also been a clinician at the ACDA state conference and section leader for MN All-State Choirs. She is active regionally as a guest conductor and adjudicator at music festivals and conferences. Nicole believes in the power of music in the communities and schools, as well as the importance of music in everyone’s lives. Music is for everyone! There is nothing more beautiful than witnessing the magic music can bring and the connective bond music creates with others and with our inner selves.
CLICK HERE to see MYC singing at Governor,
Tim Walz inauguration
This was broadcast on MPR. Click on the video and about 42 minutes in (you can fast forward) is the MYC performance.
To the Student Singers, Conductor and Pianist that performed “O, Colored Earth” at the 2019 Inauguration:
Your rendition was the first time I had ever been exposed to that beautiful and profound piece of music and I along with many others (I’m sure) were moved. The words of that song carry a strong and meaningful message of peace, truth and love, especially when sung by young people.
As representatives of your generation, you displayed passion as you were singing those words on the stage at the Fitzgerald; and it gave me hope in these troubled time.
To paraphrase the last verse: your lives, and your voices, are indeed sacred and a gift our community.
Know that you are making a difference. And know that your efforts are not in vain.
Douglas M. Wenzel