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Madeleine Stephens to resign as Executive Director

Dear BYC members and friends,

Madeleine Stephens has informed the BYC Board of Directors that she will resign as Executive Director at the end of February in order to join Village Theater in a full-time capacity. We are overjoyed for Madeleine for this great opportunity and wish her great success!
Madeleine joined BYC in 2017 after graduating from St. Olaf College. Her tireless efforts as Executive Director, grant writer, and fundraiser have been instrumental to BYC’s mission. We will miss her. 


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Happy Holidays from BYC!

Happy holidays from Bellevue Youth Choirs! As 2022 approaches, we’d like to share some musical moments of joy with you as a holiday card from our family to yours. You can also watch video reflections from staff, board, and choristers online.



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Save a Spot: January 2022 Registration Open!

Bellevue Youth Choirs looks forward to welcoming new choristers in January of 2022!

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Coming Home: December Concert Tickets Now Available

Coming Home:
Bellevue Youth Choirs' December MainStage Concert

Saturday, December 4, 3 p.m.
Livestreamed on YouTube
Featuring the Prima, Intermezzo, and Premier Choirs of BYC




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Scholarship Fund 2021: Message 2

October 22, 2021

Every month Bellevue Youth Choirs celebrates chorister birthdays in a special “sibling time,”where singers of all ages join together to celebrate in song!

Above, choristers celebrating September birthdays skip around the circle with Mrs. McIlroy.

The song we sing, adapted from an old Shaker tune, is sung at the end of our meeting:

Siblings now our meeting is over 
Siblings we must part
And if I never see you anymore
I’ll love you in my heart
Yes we’ll land on the shore
And we’ll land on the shore
And we’ll sing forevermore


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Scholarship Fund 2021

October 4, 2021

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Welcome our new staff members!

Due to low enrollment numbers, we were not able to onboard staff. We look forward to hiring them back when numbers increase. 

2021-22 Season Staff: Newcomers to BYC

Please welcome our new staff members for the 2021-22 season! You can read about all of our current staff here.


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Congratulations, graduating seniors 2021!

Dear BYC community,

One week ago today we had our last rehearsal of the year and said goodbye to our BYC graduating seniors! Alex Soong, Fornia He, and Abby Meek will all be heading off to colleges on the East Coast next year. We wish them all well as they embark on a new chapter of their lives! 

Below, you can watch a message from Alex Soong and read some thoughts from all three graduating seniors. Thanks to the three of you and we'll miss you! 


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Message for Pride

Dear BYC community,

In 2018, Bellevue Girlchoir and Bellevue Boychoir merged under the umbrella organization Bellevue Youth Choirs. This decision was made for many reasons, an important one being to create a place for nonbinary singers to join. At that time, all lower choir levels welcomed all genders into each group, but the high school aged Premier Choir was still reserved for young women.

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BYC wishes a fond farewell to two staff members


Dear BYC community,

It is bittersweet to bid farewell to two of our staff members as we close out this very strange year. Ginger Ellingson & Yuh-Pey Lin will be leaving Bellevue Youth Choirs after many years of service.

Ginger has taught nearly all choir levels at BYC, ending her time as the director of Premier, our most advanced group. Over her time, Ginger has created a vibrant culture of healthy risk-taking and strong community for our choristers. We thank her for her many years of service. From Ms. Ellingson:

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