WELCOME! Celebrating the boundary-breaking joy of music!

Northern Michigan "Sing-in" to commemorate WORLD SINGING DAY!

Community choirs from across the country and around the world are organizing community singing events to commemorate a day of joy, unity and harmony through music. Please join the Little Traverse Youth Choir, directed by Owen James, and other area choirs in Pennsylvania Park at 11am to celebrate and sing! All are welcome, no experience necessary. Individuals are encouraged to come ready to sing.

Each area choir will present one acapella piece and the event will culminate in the singing of "We Sing," a song chosen for this year's World Singing Day, to be sung by countless choirs--perhaps over one million voices--all around the globe. Area choir directors interested in singing, please contact Owen James at ojames@littletraverseyouthchoir.org.

Message from the Director, Owen James

Owen James, Director of the Little Traverse Youth Choir
“Voices Without Borders” is an organization that captures the imagination, and reflects my own experience in music and life. I grew up in Northern Michigan, and was taught and nurtured by many amazing and inspirational musicians. With the knowledge and exposure I received, I was able to take the joy of music with me into the world at large, and to share it and communicate—sometimes without words—with people from many countries and cultures. It is my hope and my privilege that, in turn, I might nurture and inspire young musicians in Northern Michigan, that they too can carry the boundary-breaking joy of music with them wherever they go. With the Little Traverse Youth Choir, we can do that together.

Do you love to sing and make new friends?

Leap into the Choir and meet many new friends! The LTYC Touring Choir is open to singers aged 13-19. The LTYC Treble Choir is open to singers aged 7-13. No prior singing experience is required for either choir; just a love of singing and an enjoyment of the friendship and sense of community music can build between individuals and across cultures. All singers ages 13-19 are invited to attend this season's first open rehearsal on Thursday, September 17th, 2015 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm in the First Presbyterian Church, 501 East Mitchell St, across the street from the Petoskey District Library.
Click here for a link to copies of the required forms and LTYC Handbook are located. We invite you to join us for a season of music and fun!

If you know of a young person, between the ages of 7 and 13, who loves to sing and make new friends, the LTYC Treble Choir begins its season Thursday, September 17th at Petoskey's Emmanuel Episcopal Church,
1020 East Mitchell Street. The Treble Choir meets on Thursdays, from 5:30-6:30pm.

Questions regarding the Treble Choir may be directed to Maria Pierpont at mpierpont@littletraverseyouthchoir.org.

LTYC has
performed in several Voices Without Borders Children of the World in Harmony International Choir and Dance Festivals, toured in Michigan and Canada, performed with singer and actor, Mr. Franc D'Ambrosio, the Young Americans, sung the National Anthem for the Harlem Globetrotters, performed with the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra & Chorus and the Northern Michigan Chorale. The repertoire ranges from classical to sacred to contemporary, with an emphasis on classical choral training.

LTYC is a program of Voices Without Borders, Inc., a local non-profit organization, which also produces the Children of the World in Harmony Festivals. VWB, Inc. was founded to promote, support, and sponsor choral music and dance performances and other performing arts activities for young people in our schools and communities throughout Northern Michigan.

LTYC appreciates the support from grants awarded by the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, The Charlevoix County Community Foundation, the Michigan Council on the Arts and Humanities, the Baiardi Family Foundation, Marana Tost Webber Charitable Trust, the Petoskey Rotary Club Charities, the Kiwanis Club of Petoskey and the Northern Michigan Chorale, as well as from its many other patrons, donors, and sponsors.