Morgantown Children's & Youth Choirs
Membership Fee: $79.45(+ $10 processing fee)
Open to youth ages 8 - high school age
(Minisingers open to ages 4-7)
The MORGANTOWN CHILDREN’S & YOUTH CHOIRS (MCYC) began as the Morgantown Children's Choir (MCC) 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.
MCYC 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 MCYC also has 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 since 2015. 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 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 has been the artistic director and conductor of the MCYC since the Fall of 2016 when the Children’s Choir became The Children’s and Youth Choirs. The MCYC is currently preparing for a concert trip to Baltimore, MD, and for a concert tour in the Morgantown schools. Both tours are planned to occur in the Spring of 2018.
On Saturday, October 14th at 4pm the Morgantown Childrens/Youth Choirs, sponsored by the WVU School of Music's Community Music Program, will present "A World of Beauty" concert at the Creative Arts Center. The concert, featuring choral selections and soloist performances, is free and open to the public, and will be held in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall on WVU's Evansdale Campus. The Choirs are under the direction of Ms Leticia Grutzmann, and feature student accompanists Miss Rachel Werner and Miss Anna Brusoe. Immediately following the concert, join the MCYC Director as she conducts a brief meeting for any interested potential new youth or child-members. For more information contact 304-293-6946.
The goal of the Morgantown Children's & Youth Choirs is to bring music, culture, arts and pleasure to the region’s children and families, thus creating strength, character, and opportunity for its members. Through a wide range of choral music, our youth will experience other lands and languages all while learning about vocal technique, performing arts, and goal achievement through individual accomplishments and teamwork. Not to mention a huge amount of fun and a range of experiences. We invite you to join us. We are open to all young people in the Morgantown area, from about age 8 into the teen years. Feel free to contact us with your questions.
The Morgantown Children's & Youth Choirs welcomes young singers who wish to share and develop their artistic talents while enjoying music-making in a friendly fun setting. For potential new members, an informal trial sit-in is recommended, followed by a chat between the Director and parent, to determine the child's suitability, because repertoire is carefully chosen to accommodate the ensembles' needs for music with a wide range of styles and difficulty. Acceptance will be based on age, musicianship, and suitability to the program. We have the right to refuse membership based on the above criteria.
*NEW* MINISINGERS (ages 4-7): The Minisingers is a new project designed to give little children their first exposure to the choral world. This group will help youngsters begin to develop a sense of community and teamwork. The repertoire and vocal techniques will be handled with consideration of age-appropriateness. The group will hold public performances, oftentimes alongside MCYC, but will perform their own exclusive repertoire. The Minisingers will serve as a preparatory group to the MCYC.
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.