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From Oakland Youth Chorus’ beginnings in 1974 as a high school community performance choir to the present K-12 comprehensive multicultural music education and performance program, OYC has built a family of talented and supportive alumni who stay connected to OYC in various ways through the years. All started as fresh-faced young singers embarking on a musical journey with OYC that included weekly rehearsals, annual retreats, OYC concerts, domestic and international tours, community events, private party performances, and workshops with amazing musicians including Bobby McFerrin, Linda Tillery, SoVoSo, and Keith Terry.

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Some of our alumni have continued on to established, high profile artistic careers – La Toya London (American Idol Season 3, and The Color Purple), recording artist Goapele, Bryan Dyer (SoVoSo, Chelle and Friends, Crosspulse), Victoria Theodore (Stevie Wonder pianist/backup singer and member of Arsenio Hall’s Posse 2.0), Roosevelt Andre Credit (cast member of the 2012 Tony Award-winning musical, Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess), Grammy winning Director of Roomful of Teeth, Brad Wells, and Jurassic World Director Colin Trevorrow all began their journey at OYC.

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Like all of our alumni, they received strong musical training and a solid performance foundation, and met lifelong friends though singing with the Chorus.

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Finally, we invite you to visit this page often to read features about OYC alumni, reminisce over photos from past seasons, reconnect with friends you’ve lost contact with, and explore opportunities to continue creating harmony through diversity throughout Oakland and the East Bay.