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Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus

The Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus is an educationally based choral ensemble program. Participants learn healthy vocal technique, sight-reading, and music theory while experiencing performance excellence. The learning environment is creative, explorative, and fun. Our students form lasting relationships with others and develop a lifelong appreciation of music.

Founded in 1997, the LR Youth Chorus has toured extensively in the United States and abroad. The chorus regularly performs for churches, civic organizations, and in concerts with the LR A Cappella Choir. It has also performed twice with the Western Piedmont Symphony. In June 2019, the group will travel to Washington, D.C. to perform as part of their annual spring tour.


Cory Westby

Director, Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus, Adjunct Instructor, Music


Auditions for LRYC can be scheduled by emailing the Artistic Director Cory Westby at lrycsings@gmail.com or by calling the Lenoir-Rhyne Music Department office at 828.328.7147. Open auditions for singers are held in the fall and spring of each year. Auditions may also be scheduled throughout the season by special request.

Open auditions for the 2018-2019 season will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18, and Sunday, Aug. 19, from 2 to 4 pm in the Mauney Music building. Openings are available in two ensembles including the Minnesingers and Meistersingers. The Minnesingers is a beginning chorus for young singers or those for whom choral singing is a new experience, and it is open to singers in the third grade and above. The Meistersingers is an advanced chorus for those with prior experience and is open to singers ages 8-18. Auditions are brief and do not require an appointment.


Singers are invited to participate in LRYC based on the skills demonstrated in audition. Students in grades 3-12 are eligible and invited to audition. LRYC welcomes young people of all races, backgrounds, and abilities to be part of the program. A limited amount of tuition assistance is available for those demonstrating financial need.

It is expected that members of LRYC understand the meaning of commitment and responsibility in a choral setting. Each child and parent should consider membership in the choir as an honor. Dedication to the program will enhance the singer and will foster a strong foundation of responsibility for the singer, as well as the family’s personal experience Membership in LRYC is for one full season, which runs August through May. Each singer is expected to remain active and committed for the entire season. Tuition is to be paid in full even when a child is unable to fulfill his or her commitment and resigns mid-season. For 2017-18, tuition is $120 per semester. There is also a $25 administration fee, which is collected once per program year.


Minnesingers is a choir for young singers who have demonstrated the ability to match pitch. This choir provides a foundation for progress and development in vocal music. Attention span and quiet concentration are points of focus, as well as practice and development in vocal technique, basic note, reading, solfege, and unison to two-part music. Rehearsals are on Mondays from 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm.


Meistersingers is a choir comprised of treble singers who have demonstrated advanced vocal technique and music reading skills. The dedicated young artists of the ensemble present a season concert series in Hickory and the surrounding areas. This is also the primary touring choir of the organization. Emphasis is placed on more advanced vocal technique, music reading skills, performance, teamwork, and leadership. Rehearsals are on Mondays from 7 pm - 8:30 pm.

Chamber Singers

Chamber Singers is a small ensemble designed to work with more mature treble voices that are self-motivators and independent singers. This group focuses on small group and advanced literature. Singers should have spent time developing healthy vocal skills as a Meistersingers before auditioning, but exceptions can be made for advanced students that are new to the ensemble. Rehearsals are on Mondays from 8:30 pm - 9 pm.