Columbia Youth Choirs

 ENROLL NOW FOR CYC!  We are currently on summer break and will begin the 2018-2019 season in August.  Check back here for updates!


About CYC:  CAAM’s youth choir extension Columbia Youth Choirs (CYC) was established in 2013 to serve students in grades 1-12 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.


Same great quality, but with a fresh design!

Check out this year’s updates and new course offerings!


Poco Voce (NEW)

Open to young musicians in grades 1-2

Teacher: Elizabeth Tummons

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Primo Choir

Open to new singers in grades 3-5

Conductors: Elizabeth Tummons, Jordan Walker

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Open to girls in grades 5-7

Conductor: Christine Nichols

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Cambiare Young Men’s Chorus

Open to boys with unchanged and changing voices in grades 5-7

Conductor: Emily Edgington Andrews

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Bella Voce

Open to young women in middle and high school

Conductor: Emily Edgington Andrews

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CAAM Men’s Choir (NEW)

Open to young men with changed voices in middle school and up

Conductor: Dr. Brandon Boyd

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Canta Bella

Open to young women in grades 8-12

Conductor: Emily Edgington Andrews

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Singcopation (Vocal Jazz)

Open to singers in grades 8-12

Conductor: Robin Anderson

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CAAM Academy 2017-2018 Course Offerings (NEW)

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CYC General Information

CYC Schedule At-a-Glance

3:00-3:50 p.m. Primo Choir, Open to singers in grades 3-5

3:00-3:55 p.m. Choristers, Open to girls in grades 5-7*

3:00-3:45 p.m. Cambiare Young Men’s Chorus, Open to boys with unchanged and changing voices in grades 5-7*

3:45-4:30 p.m. Singcopation, Open to singers in grades 8-12*

4:00-4:30 p.m. Poco Voce, Open to young musicians in grades 1-2

4:00-4:30 p.m. CAAM Academy Class (rotating)

4:30-5:30 p.m. Bella Voce, Open to young women in middle and high school*

4:30-5:00 p.m. CAAM Academy Class (rotating)

5:00-6:20 p.m. Canta Bella, Open to young women in grades 8-12*

5:00-6:00 p.m. CAAM Men’s Choir, Open to young men with changed voices in middle

school and up* (shorter season)

*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)

Monday, July 10

Monday, July 24

Special Eclipse Session — August 6-19 (Spring 2017 singers ONLY)  

August 6, 13 – rehearsals, Placement Hearings

August 19 – Total Solar Eclipse concert

August 27 New CYC member Info Session, General Parent Meeting, and Placement Hearings

Session 1 — September 10 – December 3

September 10 – first rehearsal!

November 5 – CYC annual Just a Taste Concert

November 14 – CYC Outreach Concert

December 3 – CYC Concert Once Upon a Time

Session 2 — January 7 – April 14

January 7 – first rehearsal/annual bring-a-friend day!

January 20 – Unity Concert with Columbia Chorale and Columbia Community Gospel Choir

February 24 – All Men A-Loud! men’s choral workshop and concert for singers ages 10 and up

April 14 – Concert Zimbe! with Columbia Chorale (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 (grades 1-2): $50/session or $80/year  ($4/class)

Primo Choir (grades 3-5): $60/session or $100/year  ($3.33/rehearsal)

Choristers (grades 5-7 girls): $60/session or $100/year  ($3.33/rehearsal)

Cambiare Young Men’s Chorus (grades 5-7 unchanged/changing boys): $60/session or $100/year ($3.33/rehearsal)

Bella Voce (middle and high school women): $60/session or $100/year ($3.33/rehearsal)

Canta Bella (8-12 women): $75/session or $125/year ($4.17/rehearsal)

CAAM Men’s Choir: $60/session or $100/year (FREE to current paying Chorale members) ($3.33/rehearsal)

Singcopation: $25/year (+ full member costs)

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!

Singcopation and any 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.