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The Oakland Interfaith Youth Choir introduces gospel music to youth ages 12 to 17. The choir, first started in 1997, now includes over a dozen members from diverse ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds.
The youth choir was voted the Best Youth Gospel Choir in the 2007 Northern California Gospel Academy Awards. It has performed at local events such as the San Jose Jazz Festival, Women’s World Cup Games, Oakland Museum’s Juneteenth celebrations, “Voices of Youth” at San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral, and East lake Music Festival. The youth choir produces its own events, as well, including showcase concerts and the annual holiday concert. They also tour, such as a trip to Vancouver, where the Canadian Memorial United Church was wowed by their performance.
In addition to providing musical education and training, the choir mentors local youth and provides support for academic success and admission to college. Alumni have gone on to a variety of prestigious institutions, including Berklee College of Music, Brown University, Morehouse College, Spellman College, Stanford University and University of California at Berkeley. Members are frequently recruited for local musical productions.
Oakland Interfaith Youth Choir auditions take place Saturday, August 13th at 5:00 PM.