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Detroit Opera Youth Chorus

The Detroit Opera Youth Chorus

The Detroit Opera Youth Chorus (DOYC) is a world-class training program for young vocalists ages 8 to 17 from metropolitan Detroit. The chorus performs as a separate ensemble as well as with international opera stars in Detroit Opera mainstage productions. Rehearsals take place at the Detroit Opera House on Monday evenings from September through May, led by Detroit Opera Chorus Master Suzanne Mallare Acton,  and Preparatory Chorus Conductor Jane Panikkar.


Auditions

Come and Sing! We are inviting young singers to audition for the 2024-2025 Detroit Opera Youth Chorus. The 2024-2025 season will start in September with rehearsals primarily on Monday evenings at the Detroit Opera House. DOYC is open to singers ages 8 through seniors in high school. DOYC will perform A Winter Fantasy Concert on December 15, 2024 and and our spring youth opera, H.M.S. Pinafore, on March 8, 2025.

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Past Productions

The Maker of Illusions (April 2023)

View a gallery of photos from DOYC's most recent full-length opera: Seymour Barab's The Maker of Illusions, performed at The Detroit Opera House in April 2023.

photo credit: Austin Richey | Detroit Opera

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Rebecca O-G Eaddy, Principal Chorus Conductor

Rebecca O-G Eaddy, Principal Chorus Director, Detroit Opera Youth Chorus

Rebecca O-G Eaddy brings a wide range of experience to the Detroit Opera Youth Chorus as a professional opera singer and as a music educator. She has performed at prestigious venues including Carnegie Hall, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Toledo Opera. With Detroit Opera, Rebecca has sung in more than 15 opera productions, most recently as a Niña in Osvaldo Golijov’s Fountain of Tears (Ainadamar) in 2023, and as a frequent featured singer in the company’s community concerts in metro Detroit. Rebecca was awarded first place at the highly competitive National Association of Negro Musicians national Vocal Competition. She has performed as featured soloist with the American Spiritual Ensemble on national and international tours including in Ireland and France. She also sang in the New York Harlem Productions’ tour of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in Switzerland, the Netherlands and France. Rebecca began her music journey in her early teens, when she attended summer youth opera camp at Detroit Opera (then Michigan Opera Theatre), an experience that inspired her to study music professionally. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Music Education from the University of Michigan and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Bowling Green State University. She has served as the vocal music instructor at Detroit’s John R. King Academy and Performing Arts Academy, where she developed innovative curricula for the school. She is a member of the inaugural cohort of Chorus America’s Choral Executive Leadership Academy, a leadership development program designed to create career pathways with specific attention to unique challenges facing leaders of color.

 


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