Founded in 2019, Greenville Youth Chorale’s mission is to develop and inspire young singers through excellent choral performance and instruction. We believe music is in every child and for every child, and so, GYC provides a place for every young person who loves to sing and is committed to personal and vocal growth.
GYC’s programming includes 4 ensembles that serve singers in grades K5-12 – First Impressions for K5-1st grades, Apprentice Choir for 2nd-4th, Concert Choir for 5th-7th, and Chamber Singers for 8th-12th grades. Singers rehearse weekly in downtown Greenville at First Presbyterian Church and perform in regular winter and spring concerts at First Presbyterian Church and at Gunter Theatre.
Additional performances include singing the “Snowflake Waltz” with the International Ballet and Greenville Symphony Orchestra as part of their annual production of “The Nutcracker,” the National Anthem for the Swamp Rabbits hockey team each season, Christmas lighting ceremonies at the Grand Bohemian Lodge and at Bob Jones University, and in side-by-side concerts with Rivertree Singers.
GYC takes bi-annual summer trips to New York City with selected singers who perform in Carnegie Hall as part of the National Youth Festival Chorus. GYC’s annual summer programming is “Summer on Stage,” a music video project and music camp that serves between 75-100 singers and includes a music video production, concert, daily rehearsals, and camp activities.
Laura Cook Brundage conducts Chamber Singers, GYC’s SATB choir, and serves as GYC’s Artistic Director. Laura also serves as an Assistant Professor on the Vocal Studies faculty at Bob Jones University where she conducts the BJU Lyric Choir and teaches private voice. Since 2019, Laura has also served as Executive Director of the award-winning community choir Rivertree Singers that has been featured throughout the southeast including at The Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC and at the ACDA Southern Division Conference in Jacksonville, FL.
Steven Brundage is the founder and Executive Director of Greenville Youth Chorale. Additionally, Steven serves as pianist for Apprentice Choir and Chamber Singers. He is passionate about choral music and children’s music education, having been a founding member of Rivertree Singers and having established Copland Sound in 2013, a piano studio for pianists ages 5-18. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano pedagogy from the University of South Carolina and previously served on the editorial board of the Frances Clark Center’s Piano Pedagogy Journal.
Jon is serves as conductor for Concert Choir, GYC’s ensemble for unchanged voices in grades 5th-7th. Jon is an award-winning choral composer and arranger, published with Beckenhorst Press, Chorister’s Guild, Soundforth, and Majesty Music. He also serves as the choral music teacher at Blue Ridge High School and is a frequent clinician throughout the Southeast.
Katelyn is an award-winning music educator, serving as conductor for Apprentice Choir, GYC’s ensemble for 2nd-4th grades. Katelyn has worked with GYC since its founding in 2019, having conducted GYC’s First Impressions choir for K5-1st grades, and assisted with GYC’s Virtual Choirs, music videos, and Summer on Stage series. Katelyn is the chorus teacher at Florence Chapel Middle School in Spartanburg District 5. She was the 2023 recipient of the “Outstanding Young Music Educator of the Year” award by the SC Music Educator’s Association.
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