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About us

Leonis voices performing at Carols by Candlelight
Woden Valley Youth Choir performing carols in the city centre

Woden Valley Youth Choir

Founded in 1969, Woden Valley Youth Choir has provided youth singing programs in Canberra for over 55 years. Our choirs are structured to support choristers as they grow, advance and change, with the development of extension programs and support for changing voices.  Our choirs are wonderfully supported by a team of dedicated staff, under the artistic direction of Olivia Swift. 

Our History

In its 55 year history Woden Valley Youth Choir has performed for Prime Ministers, Governor Generals, Nelson Mandela, Queen Elizabeth II and many others. They have toured locally and internationally, and been present at key events in Australia's history including the opening of Australian Parliament House. They have worked with leading composers and artists, recorded numerous albums and have learned songs across many genres. 

Woden Valley Youth Choir celebrated its 50 year anniversary in 2019.

Historical photo of Woden Valley Youth Choir
Historical photo of Woden Valley Youth Choir
Woden Valley Youth Choir singing Christmas Carols at Calvary Hospital
Woden Valley Youth Choir singing at the Arboretum

Community Engagement

Woden Valley Youth Choir has strong engagement with the Canberra community. They regularly perform the Australian national anthem at citizenship and memorial ceremonies held in Canberra, and appear regularly at much-loved local events such as Floriade.

The choir is perhaps best known as the organisers and choral contributors to the annual Canberra Carols by Candlelight, Canberra's biggest community carols event. We bring Christmas cheer throughout the region - singing carols in the city, in Woden, and in local hospitals during December.

Our Mission

Singing in a choir offers so many valuable benefits to young people - confidence, self-esteem, friendships and performance skills which will hold them in good stead for the rest of their lives.

As a not-for-profit organisation, we are committed to providing Canberra's youth with opportunities to sing. We offer bursaries and payment plans to ensure everyone is able to sing with us regardless of their financial situation.

We recognise the importance of accessibility and encourage parents to chat with us about how we can support your child to join our choirs.

The choir relies on the support of its parent community, and we are grateful for our dedicated committee and volunteers who make it all possible.

Choristers on camp, 2020
Choristers on the carousel in Canberra city centre
Parent volunteers at Carols by Candlelight
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