History of Young Voices

Created in 1990 to inspire children to a lifelong love of singing, Young Voices of Colorado has become one of the premier children’s choral groups in the west, as evidenced by awards, critical acclaim and performance invitations. Today we offer the strongest children’s choral music education in Colorado. Our traditional program serves 200 singers, ages 3-18, from 80 schools in 7 counties, and our popular outreach programs benefit several thousand children. We perform at The Newman Center for the Performing Arts and throughout greater Denver. We are based in the Centennial.

We want our children to know how to make the music, not just turn it on! Young Voices of Colorado’s curriculum is gleaned from our directors’ studies with the finest choral directors and music educators in the world. Children are taught correct vocal placement, tone, intonation, sight-reading, solfége, music theory and expression, while performing the finest examples of classical to contemporary music literature. Children sing in multiple languages. We impart the value of discipline through high performance standards, attendance rules and professional appearance. We encourage more widespread, improved and enduring musicianship among students, teachers and the community.

YVC produced the first children’s opera on the Newman Center stage, and performed, in Chinese, the American premiere of Chinese composer Tan Dun’s Symphony of Peace with DU’s Lamont Symphony. We have performed, by invitation, for conferences of the Colorado Music Educator’s Association (CMEA), American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA), SWACDA and Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE) and in Carnegie Hall. We collaborate with local talent like The Denver Brass and The Spirituals Project. YVC’s senior choirs and soloists have represented the US in the prestigious International Musical Eisteddfod competition in Wales, some going on to win.

Each summer our international children’s choral festival, Sing A Mile High, (SAMH) brings together eminent conductors/composers and exceptional youth chorales for a week of rehearsals and performances. Serving up to 400 children each summer, SAMH promotes artistic excellence and understanding of world cultures through the universal language of music and has become one of the most popular youth choral festivals in the US.