Lake Superior Youth Chorus is a nonprofit organization based out of Duluth, Minnesota, whose mission is to cultivate an active and inclusive community of young choral artists, centered on a holistic music education. LSYC believes that all children are capable of discovering their voice. Our programs provide students in grades K-11 with a creative musical outlet for discovering the joys of teamwork, cultural awareness, self-confidence, self-discipline, and unparalleled musical opportunities.
Students of all levels of ability and commitment are invited to get involved with LSYC in one of our five resident choirs and three outreach programs. Our Resident Choirs are auditioned and rehearse on Sunday nights for two hours. Outreach programs include Prelude, Honor Choir, and Summer Sing, all of which are introductory.
The Lake Superior Youth Chorus cultivates an active and inclusive community of young choral artists, centered on a holistic music education.
LSYC will engage area youth in a dynamic music education that intentionally integrates their social, emotional, and intellectual development. Committed to innovation and excellence, LSYC will be recognized as one of the leading choral programs in the nation.
Music instruction that is part of a HOLISTIC EDUCATION, emphasizing the growth and development of the whole person, self-confidence, self-efficacy, empathy, and leadership.
INFORMED CHORAL ARTISTRY that emphasizes curiosity, virtuosity, stylistic accuracy, and diversity of repertoire.
An ACTIVE COMMUNITY where singers, families, and staff have the support needed to grow as artists and as human beings.
PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT, which is essential for creating our community and cultivating a positive image of youth and the arts in our community.
INCLUSIVITY in our organization, encouraging the participation of singers and families of diverse backgrounds from throughout the area.
Prelude is a non-auditioned introductory choir for students in grades 2-5 taught by one of LSYC’s Prelude staff. In this 8-week program, singers explore music skills and concepts through games and singing activities in the choral setting. Prelude rotates sites throughout the Twin Ports community each semester.
LSYC’s Honor Choir is a one-day event held annually each spring designed to provide students in grades 4-6 a memorable musical experience and to provide teachers with an opportunity to observe, share, and connect. Singers nominated by their school music teachers will join LSYC singers and directors in this exciting day of choral music-making, concluding with a concert.
Summer Sing is LSYC’s annual day camp open to singers entering grades K-5 in the fall. Any student who loves to sing is invited to participate in one of these fun-filled weeks of singing, music fundamentals, movement, and other activities. A Thursday afternoon performance for family and friends concludes this week of camp.
YOUTH CHOIR FESTIVAL
LSYC’s Youth Choir Festival welcomes late middle school and early high school ensembles from around Minnesota and Wisconsin to participate in an intense experience including choral music-making, collaborating, learning, and community building. Ensembles are invited by the LSYC Artistic Director to join Cantemus and Camerata for this day, which concludes with a concert featuring individual as well as combined ensembles.