Youth Choral Programs

Metro Choirs

We currently offer three choral programs for youth ranging in age from 6 to 18. Our aim is to help every child reach their fullest potential by developing skills in choral singing, music theory, expression, creativity and artistic style to name just a few.

Primary Choir  (2nd Semester Kindergarten to 2nd Grade)

What is it like? A music class format where skills are taught in a playful yet structured atmosphere. We play a lot of music games which build listening and music reading skills.

Rehearsal Information
Frequency Times Locations
One Weekly
45 minute Rehearsal
Mondays: 5:00 – 5:45 pm
(Ankeny Location)

Tuesdays: 5:15- 6:00 pm
(Wesley Acres 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   (3rd Grade to 6th Grade)

What is it like? Our intermediate level choir is where children learn the fundamentals of vocal technique, singing in parts, sight reading and performing skills. Children’s Chorus combines with both Outreach choirs and all of our 21st Century Site choirs to perform at Candy Cane and Spring Sing! Children’s Chorus members also participate in “run-out” concerts like the fall Harvest Party, caroling at the World Food Prize and Songburst!

Rehearsal Information
Frequency Times Locations
One Weekly
60 minute Rehearsal
Mondays: 5:45-6:45 pm
(Ankeny Location)

Tuesdays: 6:15-7:15 pm
(Wesley Acres Location)

Thursdays: 5:45-6:45 pm
(Capital Hill 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

Chorale (6th grade to 12th grade)

What is it like? Chorale is our most advanced ensemble made up of middle and high school singers. The ensemble performs advanced 2 and 3 part literature from all styles and periods and tours both domestically and internationally. In addition to performing at Candy Cane and Spring Sing! Concerts, Chorale singers also perform at Candlelight and Synergy.

Rehearsal Information
Frequency Times Locations
One Weekly
90 minute Rehearsal
Tuesday: 5:30 -7:00 pm
(River Woods Location)

Thursday: 6:45 -8:15 pm
(Capitol Hill Location)

Eden Crest at River Woods
2210 E. Park Ave Des Moines, IA

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

OUTREACH Choirs

Iowa Youth Chorus is dedicated to reaching beyond the Des Moines Metro area. Thanks to a generous gift from the Fred Maytag Family Foundation, we are able to offer outreach choirs in Pella and Newton with plans to expand to other cities in the future. Kids from 3rd-6th grade are invited to join us to learn the fundamentals of vocal technique, singing in parts, sight reading and performing skills. Both Outreach choirs combine with our Metro sites and all of our 21st Century Site choirs to perform at Candy Cane and Spring Sing! Children’s Chorus members also participate in special events like the fall Harvest Party, caroling at the World Food Prize and Songburst!

Newton Children’s Chorus  (3rd Grade to 6th Grade)

Rehearsal Information
Frequency Times Locations
One Weekly
75 minute Rehearsal
Mondays: 6:30 – 7:45 pm Berg Middle School
1900 N. 5th Ave. E., Newton

Pella Children’s Chorus  (3rd Grade to 6th Grade)

Rehearsal Information
Frequency Times Locations
One Weekly
75 minute Rehearsal
Mondays: 6:45 – 8:00 pm Second Reformed Church
612 Broadway, Pella, IA

21st CENTURY Choirs

In 2017, Iowa Youth Chorus entered into a wonderful partnership with Des Moines Public Schools to bring choral music directly to after school programs across the the city. In its first year, six different elementary schools participated as rehearsal sites. The project is 100% funded by the Department of Education’s 21st Century Classroom Learning Centers grant and no cost is passed on to the students of their families. As a result over 150 kids from economically disadvantaged areas were able to participate in Iowa Youth Chorus training and performances across central Iowa.

As we enter our second year, we are looking to expand to 10 schools and enroll over 200 kids in the program.

If you would like your school to participate please email our Executive Director at [email protected].