Founded in 2003 by Artistic Director Mia Hall, Miller PYC has in its short history established a reputation for quality that has led to continuing collaborations with Oregon’s top musical organizations, including the Oregon Symphony, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Pink Martini, Portland Youth Philharmonic, Eugene Symphony, White Bird Dance, Portland Chamber Orchestra, and Trinity Choir. The choir is made up of 280 singers in 11 different choirs, serving singers ages 5–19 from all over the Portland Metropolitan area.
PYC enjoys regional and national recognition. The choir performed four times in six years for the American Choral Directors Association’s regional and national conferences. In 2009, PYC was invited to work with Chanticleer for their National Youth Choral Festival in San Francisco leading to continual opportunities to work with Matt Oltman, former artistic director of Chanticleer. The choir appears with Pink Martini and is featured on four of their recent albums, including Joy to The World.
The choir’s programming embraces musical education and performance. It challenges singer with pieces that force students to work hard and expand, including a number of world premieres. More information is available at pacificyouthchoir.org.