For 24 years Lake Superior Youth Chorus (LSYC) has been providing exceptional choral music training for the youth of the Twin Ports area. Previously, sponsored by Hermantown Community Education, Lake Superior Youth Chorus (LSYC) was established in 1992 as the Hermantown Youth Chorus until 1998 when the name was changed to better reflect the many communities served by the organization. In 2005, LSYC was incorporated as a non-profit corporation. LSYC has three choirs (Choristers, Concert Choir, and Cantemus) for students in grades 3-10 from the greater Duluth area, and includes singers from Duluth, Superior, Hermantown, Proctor, Cloquet, Esko, Two Harbors and surrounding communities. Performance opportunities for the singers are many and varied, including three major concerts and other performances scheduled as opportunities arise.
The Youth Chorus has performed on The Morning Program of Minnesota Public Radio and at state and regional conventions of the Music Educators National Conference. As enthusiastic collaborators, they have performed with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, University of Minnesota Duluth Opera Studio and Vocal Jazz, Northland Opera Theater, Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra, Arrowhead Chorale, University of Wisconsin Superior Concert Choir, StrikePoint concert bell ensemble, and children’s choirs from the US and Canada. In April of 2000, the Concert Choir performed a newly commissioned work by Dr. Justin Rubin based on the text from the book “Old Turtle” for Matinee Musicale’s Centennial Celebration.
In 2007, the Chorus was selected to receive the Silver Touchstone Award presented by the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation for the Opera Collaboration featuring Angela Keeton of the Minnesota Opera. More recently, the Lake Superior Youth Chorus has collaborated annually with a variety of professional artists who have brought Renaissance, opera, gospel, jazz, Latin American, Broadway, African, and Irish music to the Twin Ports. In both 2014 and 2015 the Lake Superior Youth Chorus was honored to showcase its young choral artists in Minnesota Public Radio’s outdoor choral festival Harmony in the Park.