The World Youth Choir, a project of the ''Foundation World Youth Choir'' is a genuine educational and social experience drawing on many vocal traditions, aiming for the highest artistic level. By music education, professional artistic approach, multicultural social interaction and exchange the World Youth Choir unites 40 to 80 young choral singers age 18 to 30 from all over the world at projects organized in different countries each or every other year. Artistically, singers develop their musical talents by interacting with internationally renowned conductors performing choral music of various styles, time periods and the many genres of each continent at a professional level. The choir performs both a cappella and with distinguished youth or national orchestras, further expanding its message of artistic unity. Socially, and regardless of political or cultural differences, singers share up to a month of their lives together. They work, play, converse, and debate. Such communal living creates a genuine spirit of understanding, lifelong friendships, and a cohesive group with a unique bond. This is why UNESCO has awarded the World Youth Choir with the “Artist for Peace” title in 1996, recognizing its success as a platform for intercultural dialogue through music.
''... The World Youth Choir is HOME to every young human being, the opportunity to make music and friends with the most promising and wonderful persons and musicians around the world. Wherever you go, you can be sure to have a friend for life, to have a home. Making music at a professional level at an early stage in life is the most wonderful thing a musician can do. You will never forget this life-changing experience as long as you live!''
Daniel Hagfeldt, Sweden, WYC alumnus, Student of Speech-Language Pathology
(Sessions 2008, 2009, 20th Anniversary and 2011, Oslo)
''...Singing in the World Youth Choir fuels a passion of music. It is an incredible experience for the development of a choral singer and conductor. It creates an opportunity to sing with distinguished conductors and a broad field of proficient musicians from around the world which allows us all to experience an extremely rich intercultural exchange. For these reasons, it is a blessing that this choir exists...''
Scott Alexander Reimer, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
School teacher/construction worker
(Session 2009, 2010 and Oslo, 2011)