Our Mission

The Young Voices of the Carolinas (YVOTC) exists to provide exceptional choral music education to children regardless of race, creed or socio-economic station. The choir serves children between the ages of 8 – 18 and always strives for artistic excellence.

Members of YVOTC perform music of various cultures and genres. Students sing music of the masters (Bach to Brahms), folksongs from around the globe, music by living composers, patriotic selections and the occasional popular or show tune. Students increase their intelletual undersanding of musical concepts and learn a great deal about the world in which we live.

Sharing their music within the Charlotte community as well as regional, national and international travel is an important part of the choral experience. Travelling bonds the choir members but also increases their own self-reliance. Working together to share their talents for audiences instills a sense of teamwork and pride by creating something of beauty and value.

Our Educational Goals

  • Strive for artistic excellence in all musical performances.
  • Provide training in vocal technique,music literacy and music theory.
  • Develop individual talent through a positive and fun group experience.
  • Promote appreciation and enjoyment of choral music as a means of artistic expression.
  • Develop self-discipline in a positive environment.
  • Heighten member’s awareness of the beauty and diversity of all cultures and styles of music.
  • Enrich the cultural life of our community.
  • Promote the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community on state, regional, national and international levels.

OUR STAFF

Sandy Holland YVOTCSandy Holland – Founding and Artistic Director

Sandy R. Holland is the founding director of the Young Voices of the Carolinas. Before beginning a new program for the greater Charlotte area, Sandy was the Artistic Director of the Charlotte Children’s Choir for 23 seasons. Under her director the Charlotte Children’s Choir gained regional, national and international recognition as an outstanding arts organization dedicated to children and choral excellence.

Sandy is a sought after choral clinician and guest lecturer on children’s vocal development and has conducted honors and all state choruses in 14 states.

Before moving to Charlotte in 1991, Sandy received her undergraduate degree from Pfeiffer College in Church Music, and Voice and received her masters degree from Indiana University studying Music Education, Voice and Conducting. Sandy is dedicated to working with children in a fun loving environment, encouraging children to make friends with fellow singers and create an atmosphere of teamwork.  Currently teaching general and choral music at Scholars Academy, and directing children’s choirs at St. John Baptist Church, Sandy is a active member of Chorus America, National Association for Music Educators and American Choral Directors Association for which she is serving as President for North Carolina.

Christopher Brown YVOTCChristopher Brown – Director of Young Men’s Voices

For over 15 years Christopher Brown has directed various choirs from elementary age to adult throughout the Charlotte area, including the 2015 CMS Elementary Honors Chorus. Prior to directing the Young Men’s Voices he directed the Boys and Girls Town Choirs of the Choir School at St. Peters Episcopal Church.

Christopher received his undergraduate degree from Glenville State College in K-12 Music Education, and his master’s degree in trumpet performance from Eastern Kentucky University. He is also Nationally Board Certified in children’s vocal music, a graduate of the Chorister Guild Institute, and a continual student of Carol Krueger.

Currently, Christopher is the Director of Choral Activities at Alexander Graham Middle School where his students annually are accepted into local, state, regional, and national honor choirs. At Myers Park Presbyterian Church, he is the Youth and Children’s Music Ministries Coordinator. Teaching music in a positive and engaging climate is Christopher’s lifelong passion. He is an active member with National Association for Music Educators, Choristers Guild, and the American Choral Directors Association

Bill Gouge YVOTC

Bill Gouge – Accompanist

Bill Gouge is no stranger to the music scene in Charlotte. In fact he has lived and performed here for the past 30 years. A graduate of Queens University with a degree in Piano performance, he has worked with Opera Carolina Theatre, Carolina Voices, Festival Singers, Singers of Renaissance, and Vox. Bill was a participant in the NC Visiting Artist Program, appeared as a soloist with the Union Symphony Orchestra, the Fayetteville Symphony and Music in the Mountains. A successful piano instructor Bill won the 1992 Community School of the Arts Teacher of the Year and continues to teach privately. Most recently Bill was the Organist/Director of Music at Central United Methodist Church in Concord (30 years) and worked with Sandy Holland and the musicians of the Charlotte Children’s Choir for the past 16 years. YVOTC is privileged to have him on staff!