Columbia Youth Choirs General Information



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: Molly Thurman

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Primo Choir

Open to new singers in grades 3-5

Conductors: Jordan Walker

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Cambiare Young Men’s Chorus

Open to tenor/bass/changing voices in grades 6-12

Conductor: Emily Edgington Andrews and Topher Otake

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Bella Voce

Open to treble voices in middle and high school

Conductors: Christine Jarquio Nichols and Amanda Furtick

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Canta Bella

Open to treble voices in grades 8-12, audition only

Conductor: Emily Edgington Andrews

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CAAM Academy 2021-2022

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CYC General Information

CYC Schedule At-a-Glance

Sundays via Zoom or Columbia Independent School (1801 N. Stadium Blvd.)

3:30-4:15 p.m. Primo Choir, Open to singers in grades 3-5

3:30-4:20 p.m. Cambiare Young Men’s Chorus, Open to tenor/bass/changing voices in grades 6-12

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

4:30-5:00 p.m. Poco Voce, Open to our youngest musicians in grades K-2

4:30-5:45 p.m. Canta Bella, Open to treble voices in grades 8-12*

*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)

Session 1 — September 12 – November 21, 2021

  • September 12 – Rehearsals begin!
  • October 17 – Poco Voce Ends
  • November 5 – First Fridays Open House Concert
  • November 21 – CYC Concert Heroes

Columbia Kid’s Gospel Choir (FREE and open to ALL singers) — January 4, 11, 14, and 15 – January 15, 2022

  • January 15 – Unity Concert with Columbia Chorale, Columbia Community Gospel Choir, and Columbia Kid’s Gospel Choir

Session 2 — January 30 – May 1, 2022

  • January 30 – First rehearsal for Primo, Cambiare, Bella Voce, and Canta Bella/annual bring-a-friend day!
  • February 13 – Poco Voce begins
  • March 20 – Poco Voce ends
  • May 1 – CYC Concert The Greatest Show on Earth (CYC ENDS)


Singers may choose to participate in-person or via Zoom. For those interested in attending in-person rehearsals, rehearsals will take place at Columbia Independent School (1801 N. Stadium Blvd.)

COVID-19 Procedures

Singers will wear masks and sing at least 3 feet apart, in compliance with the most recent guidelines recommended in the International Coalition of Performing Arts Aerosol Study.


Keeping costs low is a vital component of CYC. Our tuition ranges $25-$150 per year depending on the class or ensemble. That’s just $6-$8 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.

Session Fees for 2021-2022

Poco Voce: $60/session or $100/year  ($8.33/class)

Primo Choir, Cambiare, Bella Voce, Canta Bella: $85/session or $160/year  ($6.60/rehearsal) OR Early bird pricing of $80/session or $150/year available until August 15.

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, and any additional siblings are 20% off.


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.