Albany Pro Musica is delighted to welcome The Capital District Youth Chorale, as our selected “Adopt-A-Choir” group this year. CDYC joined us for our October concert “Hope, Faith, Life, Love” and will join us again in May for “In Paradisum” joining APM in the New York premiere of Raymond Torres “Requiem”. APM and CDYC have collaborated many times in the past, and it is always a pleasure!
The Capital District Youth Chorale, now celebrating its 31st season, was founded in 1983 by Diane Warner as the SCCC Children’s Chorus. The 110 singers are drawn from 63 schools in 9 counties of the greater Capital District. Entrance into and advancement within CDYC is based upon audition results, experience and reliability.
CDYC has appeared with more than 20 adult, college, school and community children’s choirs and orchestras from Massachusetts, Vermont, and New York including the following ensembles: Albany Pro Musica, Mohawk Valley Chorus, the Thursday Musical Club, Burnt Hills Oratorio Society, College of St. Rose Masterworks Chorale, Mendelssohn Club of Albany, Albany Symphony, the Schenectady Symphony, and the Empire State Youth Orchestra.
CDYC has provided workshops for both developing and experienced music teachers in the Capital District as well as multiple NYSSMA Conference performances and workshops. These young musicians have been recognized as outstanding by adjudicators at the state, national and international levels.
CDYC was selected after competitive national auditions to perform at the following events: Spring 2010 Old South Church, Boston; Spring 2009 Cathedral of St. John the Divine; Fall 2007 National Cathedral, Washington DC; Spring 2007 Riverside Church, NY; Spring 2006 ACDA Western New York Children’s Chorus Festival; Spring 2005 Disney World, Florida; Spring 2000 Field Studies International Carnegie Hall National Youth Choir and National Children’s Choir; Spring 1999 Disney World, Florida and Summer 1996 Shrewsbury, England Shrewsbury International Music Festival. CDYC has performed in more than 47 cities, towns and villages, in 8 states, Canada, England and Wales.
The teaching staff includes accompanist/assistant director James McGarvey and two choral music educators Mrs. Lynn Makrin and Mr. Matthew Duclos.