Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus
In January of 1997, the Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus (LRYC) held its first rehearsal with over 100 children. The choir has toured extensively in the United States and abroad. In the summer of 2007, 30 members of the advanced chorus group were privileged to attend the International Children's Choir Festival at Canterbury Cathedral in Canterbury, England, under the directorship of Henry Leck, from Indianapolis, Indiana, and David Flood, Master of the Choristers and Organist of Canterbury Cathedral. Of the six participating choirs, the Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus was chosen as the choir to lead.
The chorus regularly performs for churches, civic organizations, and in concerts with the Lenoir-Rhyne A Cappella Choir. It has performed twice with the Western Piedmont Symphony, including “The Planets” by Gustav Holst in 2012.
LRYC welcomes its third director, Cory Westby, beginning with the 2016-2017 season.
The choir accepts children from ages eight to eighteen by audition into either the beginning (Minnesinger) or advanced (Meistersinger) choruses. Both groups rehearse on Mondays, Minnesingers from 5:15 – 6:30 and Meistersingers from 7:00 – 8:30 during the school year. Both boys with unchanged voices and girls are welcome to audition.
There is a tuition fee which covers music, other supplies, and administrative costs. In addition, each singer pays a materials fee, which covers a t-shirt, rehearsal materials, and the LRYC scarf or tie, which is worn as part of the uniform. Parents are urged to take an active role in this ensemble by serving on committees, helping with rehearsals, and encouraging your young singer to be regular and prompt in attendance. Limited scholarships are available if need is demonstrated.
IMPORTANT DATE CHANGE: Due to forecasted inclement weather, open auditions for new singers have been rescheduled for Saturday, January 14, and Sunday, January 15, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Music Building.
Those wishing to schedule auditions at times outside the open audition period may contact us to set up a time. Individually scheduled auditions incur a $10 audition fee.
Open auditions are held in the Mauney Music Building on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University. Please sign-in upon arrival; auditions will be held in order according to the sign-in sheet. There will be a form or two to fill out at the audition, but no music to prepare. The audition is brief (10-12 minutes) and consists of some basic exercises to determine range, quality, and reading ability. They're also a great time for the prospective singer and their family to meet our Director and ask questions.