"Above all, we believe in the beauty and power of choral singing, and its ability to develop confidence, encourage self-discovery, build relationships, and acquire skills that will last a lifetime."
-Artistic Director John Yankee                

The Cape Youth Chorale is a dynamic program of the Cape Conservatory. Students experience the power and joy of choral music while pursuing the highest levels of excellence in vocal training and musicianship. We seek to enrich the lives of each member, share our music throughout the region, and build a reputation on the Cape and throughout the region. At each level of this sequential program, children learn healthy vocal technique, incorporating posture, breath support, vocal placement, head voice and diction. Music literacy is fostered in order to develop greater sight singing, ear training and interpretative skills.

Students experience and perform a variety of musical styles and historic periods, including folk, world, popular and classical songs. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to discover and uncover more about themselves and their "natural instrument," while making new friends, joyful music, and terrific memories.


Concert Choir: The flagship, auditioned chorus of the program. John Yankee directs the choir of intermediate to advanced singers. The Concert Choir may have additional performance opportunities, including holiday concerts with the Falmouth Chorale.

  • Barnstable Campus  |  Mondays, 4:15-5:45pm  |  Sept. 11 - April 2
  • Falmouth Campus  |  Tuesdays, 4-5:45pm  |  Sept. 12 - April 3

Junior Choir: A training choir comprised of treble singers ages 8-12. Students will develop the fundamental concepts of choral singing, along with music basics such as theory, interval training, rhythm and sight-singing techniques. Similar to the Concert Choir, the Junior Choir program runs through spring 2018. The two programs will have at least two combined concerts, one in the late fall and another in the spring.  

  • Barnstable Campus  |  Mondays, 4:15-5:25pm  |  Sept. 11 - April 2
  • Falmouth Campus  |  Tuesdays, 4-5:10pm  |  Sept. 12 - April 3

Debut Choir:  Students ages 5-9 will work with teaching artist Christy King to learn and experience the fundamental concepts of choral singing: breathing, healthy singing, vowel production, and solfege. Young singers will embark on the beginning stages of note-reading, sight-singing & ear-training, discovering more about their voices and how to sing as an ensemble. We will work together as a group to learn exciting music and sing beautiful songs in this supportive, encouraging choir. The choir will participate in an end-of-semester performance.

  • Barnstable Campus  |  Mondays, 4:15-5pm  |  FEB 12 - MAY 21  |  Register
  • Falmouth Campus  |  Tuesdays, 4:15-5pm  |  FEB 13 - MAY 22  |  Register

Placement Auditions

We welcome all students with a passion for singing - or even a burning curiosity - to join the Cape Youth Chorale program. New students of the Junior Choir and Concert Choir should schedule a brief placement session with the director.  No audition is necessary for students joining the Debut Choir.

The brief placement audition is conducted in a personable, supportive atmosphere with the Director. Students should be prepared to sing the refrain to "America the Beautiful" from memory, unaccompanied, starting on a pitch of their own choosing.

    "America, America, God shed His grace on thee;
    And crown thy good with brotherhood, From sea to shining sea."

In addition, students will be asked to sing simple exercises to determine abilities in pitch-matching, melodic memory, vocal range, tone quality, music-reading, attitude, aptitude, and potential. Come with a smile and simply do your best! 

Placement Auditions for the 2018-19 season:
Monday, April 23, 2018  |  Barnstable campus
Tuesday, April 24, 2018  |  Falmouth campus
Please email us to register for the audition.


Program Leadership:

John Yankee, Artistic Director
A  dynamic and versatile musician, John Yankee is the founding artistic director of the Cape Youth Chorale, artistic director of the Falmouth Chorale, music director of the Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra, and he leads the choral program at Falmouth Academy. Since coming to the Cape in September 2007, he has been active in many other musical venues as a singer and performer on the hammered dulcimer and keyboards. In addition, he coaches ensembles, teaches privately and leads a variety of concerts, workshops and community sings. Prior to settling in Falmouth, Mr. Yankee served as artistic director of the San Diego Choral Union and Children's Choir and he founded the Telluride Choral Society, the Children's Chorus of Telluride, and the Telluride Chamber Orchestra. An active composer and arranger, he has a long affiliation with the Walden School for Young Composers. He holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory (BM) and Yale School of Music (MM) and has also studied at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Pittsburgh. 


Christy King, Teaching Artist
Master of Music in Music Education, Boston University
Bachelor of Arts in Music, College of Charleston
Christy is a music educator, vocalist, and composer who believes every student has a voice. Christy’s passion for choral music education is what inspired her to become a music teacher. At the Conservatory, Christy teaches voice, composition & early childhood music classes in addition to the Debut Choir, the youngest choir of the Cape Youth Chorale. In addition, Christy is the Director of Education & Outreach, leading education outreach programs in the schools and communities on Cape Cod. Prior to teaching at the Conservatory, Christy was a music theory tutor at the College of Charleston. Christy’s compositions have been commissioned for an array of ensembles in the Southern region such as the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. Christy has sung in many highly esteemed ensembles, such as the CofC Concert Choir, the Briarwood Ensemble, and the professional Taylor Festival Choir. In addition to her M.M.Ed, Christy is certified by the Feierabend Association for Music Education in Conversational Solfege.


Financial aid scholarships are available for qualified students through the Lizzie Stimson Scholarship Fund.