Mission Statement: Cabrillo Youth Chorus

The Cabrillo Youth Chorus was founded upon the premise that if there are children, there is song. The mission of Cabrillo Youth Chorus is to educate, develop, and inspire musically talented children to attain the highest possible level of choral artistry. This goal is achieved through excellent teaching with focus upon music literacy, tone development, ear-training, and by working with professional musicians. The repertoire is chosen to fit each choir’s skill level and covers the gamut of repertoire to include established classical works, art songs, songs from the American heritage, and arrangements of folk songs from around the world, incorporating many languages.

Highly regarded for their skill and beautiful sound, the Cabrillo Youth Chorus has performed with Santa Cruz County Symphony, Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus, Cantiamo!, Ensemble Monterey Chamber Orchestra, Cabrillo Music Festival, and the South Valley Symphony. They have toured throughout the West Coast, have sung in Carnegie Hall, and some members toured Eastern Europe and Russia. Composers have written works specifically for Cabrillo Youth Chorus. Since its inception, nearly 1,000 young singers have been through the program, many of whom have become music majors in college.

We believe that when children sing great literature with beautiful texts, the ideas remain with them for the rest of their lives. Enabling wonderful young singers to perform with professional musicians in concert venues with excellent acoustics makes the magic of the musical experience come alive.