Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus
The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus was founded in 1991 to raise awareness of choral music-making in the schools of northeastern Ohio, and to encourage more students to continue their choral activities through college and into adulthood. The Youth Chorus comprises of approximately 80 members in grades 9 to 12 and representing some 40 schools and communities. Like their colleagues in the Youth Orchestra, they are chosen through competitive auditions.
The Youth Chorus presents an average of five concerts each season and collaborates with other musical ensembles such as The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, and the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus. In addition to performances at Severance Hall, their activities include concerts and community engagement programs throughout the greater Cleveland area, as well as workshops and masterclass opportunities with highly regarded choral directors and clinicians.
The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus has been led by Gareth Morell (1991-98), Betsy Burleigh (1998-2006), Frank Bianchi (2006-12), Lisa Wong (2012-17), and Daniel Singer (from 2017). The ensemble has been widely praised as one of the top high-school-aged choral performing ensembles in the state of Ohio.
ABOUT OUR DIRECTORS
Director, Youth Chorus
Daniel Singer joined the choral conducting staff of the Cleveland Orchestra in 2012 as assistant director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus. He was promoted to assistant director of choruses and Director of the Youth Chorus with the start of the 2018-19 season.
Since 2011, Mr. Singer has served as director of music at University School in Hunting Valley, Ohio, where he conducts orchestra and chorus. Mr. Singer is also active as a guest conductor and clinician, and has worked with honor choirs and top student ensembles in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and North Carolina. Mr. Singer performs professionally with Quire Cleveland and has sung as baritone soloist with ensembles throughout the region, including the Wooster Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Choral Arts Cleveland, and the Suburban Symphony of Cleveland. He is also an arranger and composer, having written for choral and instrumental groups throughout the United States.
Prior to coming to Ohio, Mr. Singer worked as a performer, music director, and teacher in the Chicago area. He taught high school choral music in the cities of Lincolnshire and Cary and participated in music engagement in the Chicago Public Schools. Mr. Singer holds degrees in music education and conducting from Northwestern University and Michigan State University.
Assistant Director, Youth Chorus
Adam Landry serves as assistant director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus. He currently teaches music in the Mentor Public School District, directing six high school choirs and teaching music theory. Mr. Landry also is an active member of the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus. He has served in many roles with the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA), most recently as District VII secretary/treasurer and All-State choir coordinator. Mr. Landry studied music education at Bowling Green State University and the University of Michigan.