WELCOME! Celebrating the boundary-breaking joy of music!

Message from Owen James, Touring Choir Director

“Voices Without Borders” is a phrase 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 I might also 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?

The Little Traverse Youth Choir Touring choir offers a unique vocal ensemble experience. In addition to preparing and performing works from the standard choral music repertoire, the choir explores music from around the world, delving into traditional music of various cultures. African, European, Asian, and South American musica are all part of the Touring Choir's repertoire. And not to be overlooked, traditional North American music is represented as well. Appalachian folk songs, Native American chants, traditional Spirituals and even Blues and Jazz masterworks form integral parts of a typical LTYC season. No other area choir offers such a diverse and varied singing experience.

Voices Without Borders offers tuition-free participation in its choirs. The Touring Choir meets Thursday evenings 6:30pm-8:00pm at
the First Presbyterian Church of Petoskey, 501 East Mitchell Street.  Questions regarding the Touring Choir may be directed to Owen James at ojames@littletraverseyouthchoir.org. The Treble Choir meets Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm at Petoskey's Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 1020 East Mitchell Street. LTYC is now tuition-free! 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.

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.

            Baiardi Family Foundation