Youth Choral Programs

The Iowa Youth Chorus is Iowa’s premier youth choral organization and home to many talented singers from across Central Iowa. IYC offers programs for children from birth to 18 years of age.

Youth Choir Music Programs: We currently offer four choral programs for youth ranging in age from age 6 to 18. Educational objectives of the IYC choral training program aim to develop skills in choral singing, music theory and artistic creativity/expression and style.

Primary Choir  (6-7 year olds)

A music class format where skills are taught in a playful, yet structured atmosphere. Musical games build listening and music reading skills. Age-appropriate vocal techniques are also taught.

Ages Voice Placement Performances
6-7 year old children No vocal placement is required IYC major events
Rehearsal Information
Frequency Times Locations
One weekly rehearsal Mondays: 5:00 – 5:45 pm
(Ankeny Location)

Tuesdays: 5:15- 6:00 pm
(Des Moines Location)

Ankeny United Church of Christ
602 SE Delaware Ave. Ankeny, IA

Welsey Acres: Chamberlain House
3520 Grand Ave. Des Moines, IA

Children’s Chorus  (8-11 year olds)

Our beginning level choir where children learn the fundamentals of vocal technique, unison and 2-part music reading and performing skills.

Ages Voice Placement Performances
8-11 year old children No vocal placement is required IYC major events
Rehearsal Information
Frequency Times Locations
One weekly rehearsal Mondays: 5:45-6:45 pm
(Ankeny Location)

Tuesdays: 6:15-7:15 pm
(Des Moines Location)

Thursdays: 5:45-6:45 pm
(Des Moines Location)

Ankeny United Church of Christ
602 SE Delaware Ave. Ankeny, IA

Welsey Acres: Chamberlain House
3520 Grand Ave. Des Moines, IA

Capitol Hill Lutheran Church
511 Des Moines St. Des Moines, IA

Concert Choir  (10-15 year olds)

An intermediate level chorus. Students perform two and three-part music for treble voices, designed to develop music reading skills and vocal technique.

Ages Voice Placement Performances
10-15 year olds with unchanged voices Voice Placement is needed All IYC concerts
Rehearsal Information
Frequency Times Locations
One weekly rehearsal Thursday: 6:45 -8:15 pm
(Des Moines Location)
Capitol Hill Lutheran Church
511 Des Moines St. Des Moines, IA

Chamber Singers  (13-18 year olds)

An elite group of mixed voices which performs advanced choral literature of all styles and time periods. Chamber Singers is the National and International Touring Choir of IYC.

Ages Voice Placement Performances
13-18 year olds with mixed voices Voice Placement is needed All IYC concerts, community events & 2017 Spring Tour to New Orleans
Rehearsal Information
Frequency Times Locations
Once weekly rehearsal Sundays: 1:30-4:30 pm
(Des Moines Location)
Wesley Acres, Community Room
3520 Grand Ave. Des Moines, IA

Directors of Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will place singers in appropriate choir based on a short series of vocal exercises. Voice placements can be scheduled with the conductor before and after all rehearsals.

Pella Outreach  (8-12 year olds)

Children’s Chorus level choir students learn the fundamentals of vocal technique, unison and two-part music reading and performing skills.

Ages Voice Placement Performances
8-12 year old children No voice placement is required IYC major concerts, community events
Rehearsal Information
Frequency Times Locations
One weekly rehearsal Mondays: 6:45 – 8:00 pm Second Reformed Church
612 Broadway, Pella, IA

Newton Outreach  (8-12 year olds)

Children’s Chorus level choir students learn the fundamentals of vocal technique, unison and two-part music reading and performing skills.

Ages Voice Placement Performances
8-12 year old children No voice placement is required IYC major concerts, community events
Rehearsal Information
Frequency Times Locations
One weekly rehearsal Mondays: 6:30 – 7:45 pm Berg Middle School
1900 N. 5th Ave. E., Newton