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.
Sandy 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.