Morgantown Youth/Teen Choral Program
MountainEARS is CLOSED for Fall Term. Check back with us in Spring
Open to youth ages 12 - 18
The MORGANTOWN YOUTH CHOIR (MYC) began as the Morgantown Children's Choir in 2011. The vision for this choir was initiated by Kathleen Montgomery who had a goal to provide high-quality choral singing, training, & performance opportunities for the children of the Morgantown area. Its first director was Dr. Cyndi Bess and the choir was organized and administrated by the parents. Additional previous directors included Rebecca Valentine and Helen Comber Jones.
MYC has performed in various venues over the years. The first invitation that the choir received was in a guest appearance role with The American Boys Choir at Suncrest Methodist Church. The MYC had also sung with The Chanticleer Choir, the Appalachian Children's Choir, and has performed numerous WVU choral concerts, including WVU Holiday concerts with The West Virginia Symphony Orchestra. The choir was first invited to perform at the Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, in 2013 and has joined this celebration for several years since then. The choir has also performed the past several years at the Festival of Trees, an event to support the WVU Hospitals. It also has provided some private performances at the Village of Heritage Point and has performed the Star Spangled Banner National Anthem at several WVU sporting events such as gymnastics competitions, basketball, baseball, and volleyball games. The Choir has also opened minor league baseball’s WV Black Bears games.
Letícia Grützmann had been the director of the MYC since the Fall of 2016 when the Children’s Choir split and became the Youth Choir plus its 'step-up' classes Minisingers and Children's Choral Class. Previous to Leticia Grützmann, Ms Helen Comber Jones directed the Youth/Children's choir.
The culmination of each term's work will be reflected in optional concert opportunities.
NOTE: and now our youth choral program has undergone some interesting re-vamping and staff replacement. We are pleased to announce its new name -- MountainEARS -- and we welcome its new Director -- Mr Matthew Cyphert.
Notes to Parents of young MCYC members:
Although the Creative Arts Center is a safe environment, parents are advised to accompany young children to and from rehearsals and to not leave them unattended for any length of time. The Director cannot be expected to be responsible for waiting around after rehearsals to keep watch on young children.