Pro Musica Youth Chorus educates and empowers young singers to grow and express themselves joyfully through diverse and exceptional musical experiences. Pro Musica provides a musical home for young singers.
Pro Musica Youth Chorus began in 1990 as the Oak Park and River Forest Children’s Chorus. Originally just one ensemble under the direction of Dr. Carolyn Paulin, the Chorus expanded quickly into a multilevel organization supported by an artistic and administrative staff and a board of directors. Currently, the chorus has five performing ensembles with singers pre-K through 12th grade.
Through developmental, performance-based programs that explore a diverse range of the finest choral music, the Chorus transforms natural love of song into artistic excellence; teaches musical skills and appreciation; promotes personal poise, confidence, and responsibility; develops cooperation and teamwork; and prepares leaders of artistic life for our communities.
Pro Musica Youth Chorus performs in a variety of venues, in community and ecumenical events, and professional engagements. PMYC sings annually with the Joffrey Ballet at the Auditorium Theatre, and has sung with the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest at Orchestra Hall, The Oriana Singers and City Voices in the annual Sing We Joyous holiday concerts, and sang the National Anthem for the Chicago White Sox. Pro Musica collaborates regularly with other local youth and adult choruses.
PMYC has been the Featured Choir in the National Children’s Choir Festival at Carnegie Hall. They have a history of international touring, including trips to England, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Morocco. They have sung in London, England at Westminster Hall for the New Year’s Day Celebration, and for the Lord Mayors of London.