According to James Cochran, Director of the Philharmonic Youth Choir, sixteen years ago, the newly-appointed Principal Pops Conductor for the Philharmonic, Erich Kunzel asked, “Where’s the Youth Choir?”
And, as there wasn’t one, Cochran got an immediate call to establish one.
The Naples Philharmonic Youth Chorus (NPYC) today provides young singers performance opportunities on Hayes Hall stage alongside the Naples Philharmonic and at distinct community events.
The 100-voice NPYC is directed by James Cochran and includes singers in elementary, middle and high school. NPYC rehearses in groups divided by age and ability on Monday evenings at Artis—Naples.
Auditions for new members are held in early September and January. Students from the age of 7 through high school are encouraged to audition. The 100-voice Naples Philharmonic Youth Chorus rehearses in groups divided by age and ability on Monday evenings on the Artis—Naples campus.