The Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1997 and has established a unique place in the arts community of Southern New Hampshire, filling a critical need for performing arts education and joyful musical experience for young people who love to sing. The GMYC:*Provides a place for young singers to share the rewarding experience of making music together *Encourages active listening while teaching proper singing techniques, musicianship, and fundamentals of concert performance *Explores and performs the highest quality music available for young voices *Actively participates in the musical life of the community *Nurtures a lifelong commitment to artistic expression *Develops creative, thoughtful, and cooperative individuals.
Founded by Maria Belva and David Vernier in the summer of 1997, GMYC started as the Peterborough Children's Choir. The purpose was to create an opportunity for young singers to develop their voices while learning fundamentals of musicianship, music reading, performance, and the joyful rewards of singing the highest quality music.
We have a strongly supportive parent group and a steadily growing community and regional audience. Our concerts feature the highest quality music for young voices, much of it specially composed for children’s choir.
We offer our own concerts each winter and spring, and have presented programs with the Conval High School Chorus and at Children in the Arts Day, Hancock’s Old Home Days, Rivermead, and for two benefit concerts in Antrim. We have traveled to Toronto to hear the internationally acclaimed Toronto Children’s Chorus and to perform with the Toronto Waldorf School choir. Our ensembles have performed in an original Peterborough Players musical and as the chorus of gingerbread children in Raylynmor Opera’s production of Hansel and Gretel, with Judy Collins at the Colonial Theater, and with the Monadnock Chorus, and Keene Chorale. Most receently, members of the Cecilia Ensemble performed at the MacDowell Colony Medal Day for the medal recipient, Stephen Sondheim in August 2013.
The Cecilia Ensemble, formed in 2001, is the high school aged section of Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs. Our repertoire comes from the finest written for women’s voices and includes sacred and secular; medieval to modern; classical, folk, gospel, and non-traditional modern tunes. We have sung in English, French, Italian, Latin, German, Czech, Catalan, Spanish, Hungarian and Georgian. The Cecilia Ensembled has performed in Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Spain, Austria and Hungary. In January 2013, the Cecilia Ensemble was invited to sing for Governor Maggie Hassan’s Inauguration ceremony in Concord, NH.
In the Fall of 2011, the Peterborough Children's Choir became the Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs to reflect the regional nature of the various choirs. We still offer the same excellent music education.