Join us
Bel Canto-
Lyric Singers-
SJYS- Strings-
Thursday, August 27, 2020,
6:00-8:30 P.M.
by reservation!
TEXT (preferred) or phone
to reserve an audition time.


Auditions are held in

May, August, and January

for students who are in

or entering grades 3-12. 



​Membership in the St. Joseph Youth Chorale choirs is a special privilege not to be taken lightly. Singers have been recommended by their music teachers and have auditioned for a place in a choir that will give them special relationships and memories that will last a lifetime. The meaning of commitment and responsibility is very real to members of this organization. The singers have a sense of pride in being part of a very special choir. Enrollment is for the semester and concludes with the final concert each session.

  Auditions for singers with recommendation of their music teacher are held each year in May and August for students entering grades 3-12, and January for students currently enrolled in grades

3-12. Auditions are private, attended only by the choral director, accompanist, and auditioning singer. Additional auditions may be scheduled at the director's discretion. Returning singers do not need to audition unless they are seeking placement into the next level choir.


Bel Canto, grades 3-6, requires an audition by appointment with the director.                      

 (Please see posted audition times and dates.)  Singers who have successfully

completed both the fall and spring semesters of their 5th grade year in          

Bel Canto may audition for the possibility of placement into Lyric Singers for the fall of

their 6th grade year. Singers who enter Bel Canto choir in the fall of their 6th grade year

as a new member to SJYC, and successfully complete the fall semester, may audition for

the possibility of placement into Lyric Singers for the spring semester of

6th grade by requesting a January audition.


Advancement is based on the vocal and musical development of the singer as well as recommendations from the director regarding the singer's rehearsal and performance demeanor. The final determination is based on musical ability and maturity,

not age or grade.


           Lyric Singers, grades 6-12, requires an audition

by appointment for all NEW singers. 


                  "Promotions are based on consistent demonstration of vocal                            

 and musical development, as well as maturity.

 Promotions are made at the discretion of the musical directors."

Membership Fees

Membership fees are due on or before the first class meeting/rehearsal. 
Bel Canto and Lyric Singers fees are $85.00 per semester per singer.  Payments may be made by check, cash, or credit card through this website on our secure PayPal shopping site. Please send  the completed registration form with your singer for the first rehearsal.

You may also mail your check and completed registration form to Karen Heyde-Lipanovich,

St. Joseph Youth Chorale, PO Box 8624, St. Joseph, MO. 64508. Please make sure that the postmark date insures that the payment will arrive before the first rehearsal. You will receive an email confirmation of your payment. Payments received after the first rehearsal will incur a $5.00 late fee in addition to the regular membership fee. No refunds will be granted after the first rehearsal of the semester.   Please confirm your current membership status before purchasing the semester membership by Paypal or credit card.


Our Commitment to Music Programs
We are keenly aware that the success of the St. Joseph Youth Chorale is, in no small part, due to the cooperation of the music teachers in the St. Joseph area. SJYC members are leaders in their school music classes and choir. One of the excused absences is to accomodate performance in a school music program.


St. Joseph Youth Chorale