Woden Valley Youth Choir has become a valued part of the Canberra music scene since its inception in 1969 and has provided musicality, colour and dignified performance for many local events, as well as inter-state and overseas audiences.
The choir has a proud set of achievements. Every year a new piece of choral music is commissioned from an Australian composer. WVYC is the organiser and a regular contributor to Canberra’s Stage 88 Carols by Candlelight, has appeared at events such as the National Apology for Enforced Adoption and the Canberra Centenary Concert. It participates regularly in the Canberra International Music Festival and Voices in the Forest and recently participated in Opera Australia’s touring production of The Marriage of Figaro.
In 2017, WVYC sang the Australian National Anthem in the local Aboriginal Nugunnawal language (from memory) at the Canberra Business Chamber Gala. WVYC is the only Canberra choir able to perform this inspiring rendition.
WVYC is proud to be an organisation in which there are so many positive benefits for the members: the value of learning to sing with confidence, the value of friendships made both locally and overseas, the value of positive self-esteem, and the value of developing performance skills which will hold them in good stead for the rest of their lives. As performers, discerning consumers and supporters of art in the future, they will help mould a society that strongly values its culture. And their commitment to excellence will serve them well in all walks of life.
Recently, WVYC has adopted the Respectful Relationships Framework and the Kodály Philosophy, and has expanded its programs to include both younger and older youth, young men with changed voices and vocal ensemble programs.
Woden Valley Youth Choir consists of six choral groups catering for different needs:
- Nova Voices (for ages 8 to 10)
- Borealis Voices (for ages 10 to 13)
- Australis Voices (for ages 11 to 21)
- Centauri Voices (for young men with transitioning voices)
- Aurora Vocal Ensemble (for selected choristers aged 10 to 13)
- Spectra Vocal Ensemble (for selected choristers aged 11 to 21)
The choir rehearses every Tuesday evening at Charles Weston Primary School (80 Woodberry Ave, Coombs ACT 2611) during the school term.