The UP Youth Choir is a multi-cultural and diverse group of young performers representing all races, religions and economic groups of South Africa.
It is the mission of the UP Youth Choir to provide children of all different backgrounds with a unique program of music education and choral performance that seeks to fulfill and develop each singer's potential, while creating a model of artistic excellence and diversity that enriches the community.
The UP Youth Choir was established with the aim of affording talented teenagers and high school students the opportunity to proficiently perform locally and abroad.
The choir consists of 90 choristers aged 14 - 19 from the greater Tshwane and represents 34 different high schools. The choir’s repertoire is an exciting assortment of South African and International music which incorporates elements of traditional music, jazz, gospel and folk music.
The UP Youth Choir is recognized worldwide for its award-winning performances and spectacular artistry.
The most exciting realization in the world is understanding that living the life of your dreams is entirely up to you.
— The Universe
“It is music and dancing that make me at peace with the world.”
The UP Youth Choir is part of a generation of South Africans that strives toward freedom and peace.
Among the choristers in our choir can be seen the immense bonds of friendship and collegiality that develop among these young people, and one would be similarly astounded by the beautiful music they are able to make together.
I had the immense privilege of singing in the choir in my Grade 11 year in 2013. Having sung in the Jakaranda Children's Choir, I was already immersed in the choir experience and was excited to move onto the older choir.
What I didn't know was the impact UPYC would leave on me. The friends I made then have stuck around and the memories of my times are still fresh in my mind.
More importantly, the lessons learnt from my fellow choristers and my incredible conductor, Lhente, have helped me through many of life's challenges and obstacles.
The perseverance and dedication needed to be in a choir like UPYC developed into permanent traits that pushed me to achieve many goals I have set for myself.
I am now a Gr 10-12 English and Life Orientation teacher and absolutely loving it.
I get to impart all the wonderful lessons I learnt in the choir onto my students and use the knowledge and skills acquired in the choir in the daily workings of my job.
I will forever be grateful for the time I got to spend in UPYC and would go back to my UPYC days in a heartbeat.