Ensemble-in-Residence of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory and Community Engagement.

The Cincinnati Youth Choir is an educationally based choral ensemble program. Participants learn healthy vocal technique, sight-reading, music history and music theory while experiencing performance excellence using the philosophies and techniques of Carl Orff, Zoltan Kodaly, Jacques Dalcroze and Jerome Brunner.
The learning environment is creative, explorative and fun. The children form lasting relationships with children outside of their community and develop a lifelong appreciation of music.

CYC members have toured Italy, Japan, China, Scandinavia, England, Ireland, Wales, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Canada, and the United States.

Founded in 1993,  as the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, the organization updated it’s name to the Cincinnati Youth Choir in 2018 to better represent the age range of our member base.

CYC has recently received wide acclaim by winning the following awards:

  • 2018 Chorus America Education and Community Engagement Award
  • 2016 Chorus America ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming
  • 2015 American Prize in Choral
Performance for Youth Choirs
  • CityBeat’s Best of 2015 & 2017 Reader Picks for Best Local Vocal Arts Group
  • Gold Medal Choir, Youth Choirs of Equal Voices, World Choir Games 2012
  • Winner of the 2008 Scripps-Corbett Award, Artist Category
Learn about CYC's History


The Cincinnati Youth Choir envisions a thriving global community strengthened and transformed by musical artistry.


It is the mission of the Cincinnati Youth Choir to offer all children and youth the opportunity to experience musical excellence in a creative environment.
Participants demonstrate musical understanding, artistry, achievement and confidence through passionate performances and collaborations with premier ensembles and children’s/youth choirs throughout the world. The Cincinnati Youth Choir (CYC) builds stronger communities by creating a comprehensive foundation that supports music educators and develops tomorrow’s leaders.


It is the goal of the CYC program:
• To educate singers of any background.
• To offer every child an opportunity to experience musical excellence in a developmentally appropriate, sequential setting.
• To expose singers and their audiences to superb choral repertoire including sacred, secular and world music.
• To encourage, promote and perform new compositions for children’s choir.
• To demonstrate in performance the knowledge and skills gained.
• To strengthen self-confidence in all who participate.
• To offer a venue for young musicians to create, socialize, learn and perform with others from Greater Cincinnati and the world.
• To provide opportunities to sing with musicians from other cultures to gain understanding and respect for global diversity.
• To support music educators through clinics, seminars and networking opportunities.

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2015 Tax Form

Contact the Cincinnati Youth Choir:

Cincinnati Youth Choir
University of Cincinnati
College-Conservatory of Music
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0236
Phone: (513) 556-0338
Email: choir@cincinnatichoir.org




The Cincinnati Youth Choir provides a learning environment that is creative and nurturing. Singers are informed and reflective building upon their knowledge and musical understanding as they become independent musicians.


Participation in the program fosters joyful fulfillment, a sense of achievement, increased independence, confidence and leadership qualities in our choristers.


The Cincinnati Youth Choir provides entertaining programming of artistic and cultural merit that promotes unity and understanding between people of varied backgrounds. CYC strives to support the Greater Cincinnati community by providing training and networking opportunities for music professionals, providing choral opportunities for singers in far reaching suburbs and collaborating with various cultural organizations.


The Cincinnati Youth Choir enjoys collaborating with area music educators, composers and arts organizations. Joint ventures enable a greater exposure of CYC to the community and provide our singers with invaluable learning opportunities.


The Cincinnati Youth Choir operates with responsibility and accountability to those who support and collaborate with the program whether they are stakeholders, volunteers, donors or families. We honor these relationships and realize the importance of open and honest communication.


The Cincinnati Youth Choir provides a safe haven for young singers. Through the welcoming environment, each singer is valued and accepted. Need-based tuition assistance is made available throughout the year and outreach programs are developed to meet children and youth in their communities focusing on underserved. Singers explore diversity in membership and repertoire performed providing opportunities to build personal friendships with others outside of their community, transforming young lives.


Robyn Reeves Lana

Founder, Managing Artistic Director

Lauren Hess

Executive Director

Sandra Bosher Thornton

Assistant Artistic Director

Rachel Breeden

Director of Programs

Heather Vest

Associate Director

Dr. Andrea Ramsey

Associate Director

Dr. Anthony Trecek-King

Associate Director

Caitlyn Lana

Assistant Director

Gregory Miller

Richard W. Wesp Assistant Director

Megan Battles

Principal Accompanist

Board of Directors

Marc Katz,  President Michael Spresser, Vice President     ~   Timothy Lana, Treasurer

Lauren Morris, Vice Treasurer   ~   Rebekah Mabalot, Secretary  

William Caldwell, Member  ~  Connie Graham, Member   ~   Cheryl Gruenberg, Member  

Eric Oliver, Member   ~   David Sherrard, Member   ~ Geneva Woode, Member   

   John Martin, CCM Liaison   ~   Cheryl McElroy, Parent Liaison


Advisory Board

Dr. Earl Rivers

Director of Choral Studies
University of Cincinnati

H. Jane Gavin

Retired Music Educator

Henry Leck

Founding Director
Indianapolis Children’s Choir

Jack Lee

Ta Fong Children’s Choir
Taipei-Hsien, Taiwan, R. O. C.

Lori Lobsiger


Isidore Rudnick

Cincinnati Public Schools, Fine Arts Curriculum Manager

Teacher Advisory Board

If your school district is not yet represented and you would like to serve on the board, please contact us.

TAB will offer many professional development and networking sessions during the year:


TBD for 2020-2021 season.


Crescendo Project – Promoting Growth Together 

Want a CYC staff specialist to come to your school?  CLICK HERE for full details


CYC’s Teacher Advisory Board (TAB) consists of a committee of educators representing many school districts from across the Tri-State. Through our work with TAB, we hope to better connect CYC with the Greater Cincinnati community of music educators.

The Cincinnati Youth Choir is pleased to welcome the following teachers onto the Teacher Advisory Board:

Music Teacher



Neil Stewart Academy of World Languages CPS
Katie Settleberry Ayer Elementary School Forest Hills
Karen Allen Batavia Elementary School Batavia
Tari McKee Bridgeport Elementary Hamilton City
Chelsey Sweatman Bridgetown Middle School Oak Hills
Alan Greeb C O Harrison Elementary School Oak Hills
 Andrea Leffler Camp Ernst Middle School Boone County
Leslie Hicks Central Academy Middletown Monroe City
Della Enns Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy Private School
Carolyn Dillon Columbia Intermediate Kings Local
Bethany Hamann Crossroads Elementary School Campbell County
Jeanine Jason Dater Montessori School CPS
Chelsea Lamping Delhi Junior High School Oak Hills
Allison Croskey Elda Elementary Ross Local
Dee Dee Hamlin Forest Hills – Retired
Lawrence E. Coleman Sr. Frederick Douglass School CPS
Rachel Henry Highland Elementary Hamilton City
Alice Bohn Indian Hill Elementary School Indian Hill
Carolyn Quinn James N. Gamble Montessori High School CPS
Kay Tyler Lynchburg-Clay Elementary School Lynchburg-Clay
Annie Hobson Mariemont City Schools Mariemont
Catherine Clippinger Mason Intermediate Mason
  Julie Geiger Mercer Elementary School Forest Hills
John Jung Midway School CPS
Andrea Baker Mt Airy School CPS
Elena Ivanova Mt. Washington CPS
Faith Diehl Nagel Middle School Forest Hills
Wesley Barnfield North Avondale Montessori School CPS
Elena V. Wahl Oyler CPS
Sabra Thomas Parker Woods Montessori CPS
 Elena Stevenson Pleasant Hill Academy CPS
Amy Liming Pleasant Ridge Montessori School CPS
Maria Kitsinis Pleasant Ridge Montessori School CPS
Tara Hill Private lessons
Keri McGuire Rees E. Price Academy CPS
Anna Calhoun Roll Hill School CPS
Ruth Mappes Ross Middle School Ross Local
Laura Max Saylor Park School CPS
Robin Wilson Seven Hills Lotspeich School Private
Dr. Deborah L. Jackson Sharonville Elementary School Princeton City
Lisa Newell Sherwood Elementary School Forest Hills
Ligaya McGee Springdale Elementary Princeton City
Pat Powers St Andrew Middle School Independent Catholic
 Jenny Bates St Catherine of Siena School Cincinnati Archdiocese
Pat Powers St Elizabeth Seton Elementary School Independent Catholic
Mr. Bethune St Gabriel School Cincinnati Archdiocese
Christina Reardon St Martin of Tours School Cincinnati Archdiocese
Charlotte Loflin St Ursula Villa School Independent Catholic
 Stacey Moyer Summit Elementary School Finneytown
Ken Holdt Sycamore High School Sycamore
Kelly Case Talawanda Middle School Talawanda
Delaney Roberts/ Sarah Markey Union Elementary Lakota
MaryLee Venemeyer Mason Intermediate Mason
Jay Bailey Westwood Elementary CPS
Heidi Johnson Whitaker Elementary School Finneytown
Katie Hayward/ Jason McKee William Mason High School Mason
Donna Doran Summit Country Day School Independent Catholic

Past Tours

The Cincinnati Youth Choir has performed to international audiences with tours of Japan, Italy, China, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Ireland, England, Wales, Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, England, Canada, and the United States.

Sights & Sounds


"One Voice" Virtual Sing Project