The Oakland Youth Chorus unites diverse communities and transforms young people’s lives through excellence in music education and community performance. OYC helps students build meaningful relationships and musical skills through a challenging music curriculum instructed by highly qualified teachers. They support students’ socio-emotional growth through musical skills development and multicultural understanding, creating programs of high educational and artistic merit. Core outcomes include musical learning, skills development, confidence, positive self-expression, respect for cultural diversity, and collaboration.
OYC was selected because of the quality of programming, professionalism, responsiveness, and the trusting relationships they build with agencies, families, students, and school communities. OYC’s presence in school partner communities and ability to intentionally create multicultural, multiracial general and choral music programs with a diverse repertoire creates a safe and inclusive learning environment for students. Their ability to connect culture to community needs supports our vision for family culture bearers.