Welcome to VYV – Viva Youth Voices
Welcome to the new community of Viva Youth Voices. The world of music has changed and Viva is changing with it. This change will enhance and broaden the music experience for our singers and bring the excitement back to song.
While we have changed our name from Viva Youth Choirs to Viva Youth Voices, we continue to offer:
- excellence in music education
- exciting performance opportunities
- youth empowered by song
- skilled teachers sharing their passion for singing
Producing music since 1988, Viva exists to enrich the lives of singers, their families and the Greater Victoria community. We welcome all between the ages of 5 and 17 who wish to sing. A brief interview is required to determine the appropriate entry level. We rehearse on Tuesdays from 4:00 – 8:30 depending on the level of entry. i.e. Junior – 4:00-5:00pm, Intermediate 5:15-6:45pm and Senior 7:00-8:30pm.
Viva also offers private instrument lessons, voice and music theory, at competitive rates. Please contact the office for details.
Placement Interviews and Auditions
Registration is continuous. Go to the Registration page for application forms and fee information. To arrange for a placement interview (non-audition), please contact us by email or phone (scroll to the bottom of the page for contact information).
Our office and rehearsal space for all choirs is in the Grace Lutheran Church building at 1273 Fort Street (opposite Central Middle School). All Tuesday rehearsals take place in the afternoon and early evenings at Grace Lutheran. Access is via the double doors off the rear parking lot. There is plenty of free parking and the building has easy wheelchair access. It is also close to bus routes 11, 14 and 25.
Some of our past seasons’ Concerts & Events
- COLLABORATIVE CONCERT with “CHOIR KIDS” – performed March 2014 at the Metropolitan Church in Victoria and included a guest adult choir Arbutus Singers.
- JUNO RECORDING – October 21,2016 in studio. Viva Youth Voices performed on an album with Ric Leaf, singer/songwriter, which was sent to the 2017 JUNO nominating committee by request to Ric Leaf, for their consideration.
- CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP CEREMONY – February 2, 2017. Viva Youth Voices again performed for the new citizens of Canada at their ceremony held at the Victoria Conference Centre.
- NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE ORCHESTRA – October 30th, 2017. Viva Youth Voices were invited by the NACO to perform at the Royal Theatre lobby for a pre-concert performance.
- BC LEGISLATURE LIGHT-UP – November 27, 2017. Viva Youth Voices performed with the Victoria Children’s Choir to celebrate the ‘lighting’ of the Legislature for the Christmas season.
- STARS & MOONBEAMS – December 2, 2017. Viva Youth Voices performed their winter concert with special guests, Barry Leung – Violin and Al Kornelson – collaborative piano. The ensembles performed choral pieces with solo parts and two-part harmony, under the direction of Yuliya Myers.
- VIVACITY WORKSHOP WITH VALDY – March 10, 2018. Valdy joined Yuliya Myers in leading an all-day workshop. The youth had such a great time, learning vocal technique, song writing and playing acoustic instruments.
- VIVA’S SCHOOLS TOUR – March 13, 2018. The ensembles performed for 3 schools in the Victoria area, sharing their talent and their joy of singing.
- LIKE A SINGING BIRD – April 28th, 2018. Viva Youth Voices performed the spring concert with special guests, Georgina Craig – flute, Rik Leaf – guitar, Al Kornelson – collaborative piano and Kathy White’s Island Highland Dance Academy.
- VIVA EXTENSION PROGRAM – May 1 – June 16, 2018. Viva performs repertoire from Broadway musicals and operas as well as pop and rock-n-roll. Such great fun!
- Viva’s 30th Anniversary Concert – December 9, 2018. Viva was joined by Sing Victoria and instrumentalists from the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra and past alumni for a terrific performance.
- Viva’s “Spring is Singing in the Garden” concert – May 4, 2019. Viva showcased all of our ensembles, conducted by Yuliya Myers with special guest conductor Georgina Craig.
- Viva’s “Holiday Recital” performance with Viva’s String ensemble and guests – December 14, 2019.
- Viva’s “Spring performance” with guest performers. June 12, 2022.