Columbia Youth Choirs



About CYC:  CAAM’s youth choir extension Columbia Youth Choirs (CYC) was established in 2013 to serve students in grades K-12 of any ability level, economic background, and cultural or religious affiliation. Its membership represents over 30 public, private, and homeschool programs in the region. The seven choirs and CYC Academy classes offered ensure any interested singer an opportunity to receive high-quality vocal music education at an affordable price. CYC is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, registered with the State of Missouri.


Poco Voce

Open to young musicians in grades K-2

Teacher: Sarah Nolke

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Primo Choir

Open to new singers in grades 3-5

Conductor: Jordan Walker

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Cambiare Young Men’s Chorus

Open to unchanged and changing voices in grades 5-8

Conductor: Emily Edgington Andrews

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Bella Voce

Open to treble voices in middle and high school

Conductor: Christine Nichols

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Canta Bella

Open to treble voices in grades 7-12

Conductor: Emily Edgington Andrews

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CAAM Academy 2018-2019 Course Offerings

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CYC General Information

CYC Schedule At-a-Glance


3:30-4:20 p.m. Primo Choir, Open to singers in grades 3-5

3:30-4:15 p.m. Cambiare Young Men’s Chorus, Open to unchanged and changing voices in grades 5-8*

3:30-4:25 p.m. Bella Voce, Open to treble voices in middle and high school*

4:00-4:30 p.m. CAAM Academy Class

4:30-5 p.m. CAAM Academy Class

4:30-5 p.m. Poco Voce, Open to young musicians in grades K-2

4:30-6 p.m. Canta Bella, Open to treble voices in grades 7-12*

*Vocal placement hearing or audition required (Click Here for More Information)

Important Season Dates

*A more detailed calendar will be provided at the beginning of the season with additional specific dates related to the ensemble. Below are major dates that impact all.*

Placement Hearings by appointment  (Click Here for More Information)

August 26 New CYC member Info Session, General Parent Meeting, and Placement Hearings

Session 1 — September 9 – December 2

  • September 9 – first rehearsal!
  • September 15 – CYC’s Canta Bella with Artemesia Concert: Mothers
  • October 6 – All Men A-Loud! men’s choral workshop and concert for singers ages 10 and up
  • November 4 – CYC annual Just a Taste Concert
  • November 13 – CYC Outreach Concert
  • December 2 – CYC Concert Hold Fast to Dreams

Columbia Kid’s Gospel Choir (FREE and open to ALL singers) — January 6 – January 26

  • January 26 – Unity Concert with Columbia Chorale, Columbia Community Gospel Choir, and Columbia Kid’s Gospel Choir

Session 2 — February 3 – May 5

  • February 3 – first rehearsal/annual bring-a-friend day!
  • April 5-6 – Carmina Burana with Columbia Chorale, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, and CYC’s Canta Bella
  • May 5 – CYC Concert Genre Wars (CYC ENDS)


All rehearsals take place at Columbia Independent School (1801 N. Stadium Blvd). Park in the Main Entrance parking lot located at the northeast side of the building. Enter through the main doors where you will be warmly greeted by our CYC Coordinator, Kara Smith.  


Keeping costs low is a vital component of CYC. Our tuition ranges $25-$125 per year depending on the class or ensemble. That’s just $3-$6 a week! Similar nearby choral programs cost up to seven times more (not including uniforms and tours). Our low rates do not cover the actual running cost of $416.88 per child. If you’re able, please consider adding a donation of $250 (or whatever you can give!) to help with costs such as staff salaries, sheet music, venue rentals, and printing. Or sponsor another singer in need! Click here to give.


Poco Voce: $50/session or $80/year  ($4/class)

Primo Choir, Cambiare, Bella Voce: $60/session or $100/year  ($3.33/rehearsal)

Canta Bella: $75/session or $125/year ($4.17/rehearsal)

CAAM Academy Class: $25/class (non-CYC members only: add one-time yearly $25 administrative fee) ($6.25/class)


Have several singers in your family? Don’t worry! CYC offers multi-child/family discounts: 1st child is full price, 2nd child is 50% off, and any additional children are 75% off!

Academy Classes still require additional fees


Scholarship and payment plan options are available and may be requested when filling out the membership information form.  Contact us at for additional questions regarding funding opportunities.