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The Piedmont Youth Chorus
(formerly The Winston-Salem Youth Chorus)

The same tradition of musical excellence
but with a fresh, new look!

Three years ago, Piedmont Opera and the Winston-Salem Youth Chorus announced that the Youth Chorus will merge with Piedmont Opera. The organizations have been strategically aligned for many years due to the shared vision, mission and goals. Our integration ensured that our common mission continues to enhance the artistic and educational opportunities available in our community.”

The merging of the two historic organizations brought together two institutions that have shared a common mission for over six decades.


This shared mission will now become a common foundation to help both organizations reach an expanded audience while both continue to deliver excellence in their areas of expertise.

During the Covid hiatus, we thoughtfully rebranded the youth chorus with a new logo that reflects the organization's alignment with the opera. The rebrand also updated the name of the organization to be more inclusive of young talent in surrounding counties.

Our Mission

The mission of the Piedmont Youth Chorus is to engage and develop youth from diverse backgrounds and enrich their lives by inspiring excellence in choral music.

Our Vision

Our vision is to be the premiere youth choral organization in our region, where all interested youth have the opportunity to engage.


Miriam Schildkret
2002 WSYC alumna, now graduated from Ithaca College in Vocal Performance

Auditioning (for WSYC) was one of the best things I have ever done. Singing in that group was a large part of my childhood, providing me with not only the fundamentals of music and performing but also some of the best friends and experiences I have ever had… I am sure that my participation in the Winston-Salem Youth Chorus helped lead me to where I am today.

Scott Carpenter
Organist and Coordinator of Music Programs, Old Salem Museums & Gardens

I just bought a copy of your fine CD with WSYC (Hear the Angels Sing).  The title is certainly apt as the choir does  indeed sound angelic!  Congratulations to  you and all the WSYC members for splendid, gorgeous, and sumptuous sound!

Ellen Bryan
2005 WSYC alumna, now graduated from Webster University Theatre Arts Conservatory in Acting & Musical Theatre

WSYC embraced not only my love for music, but  allowed me to be myself.  As I matured  through the years that I was a member of the Youth Chorus, I learned so  much about music, my voice, friendships and myself.  It was a turning point in my life that has  made me into the person I am today, and for that, I am extremely grateful.

Dan Locklair
Nationally-recognized composer and Professor of Music, Wake Forest University

I want to extend my deepest gratitude to  each of you for the first-rate World Premiere that you gave my The Gift of Music…in every way  you made the piece your own.  The  performance was solid technically, had excellent diction and was expressively  sung.  You truly brought the piece to  life in a magnificent way!  Barbara  Beattie deserves huge accolades for the superb training that she gives  all of you in the Winston-Salem Youth Chorus on a weekly basis.  With her brilliant leadership, David  Pulliam’s sensitive accompanying….and solid parental support all contribute to  make your ensemble a treasured resource of our community.