Who We Are

In September, 2003, with talent, conviction, and enthusiasm, Mia Hall Miller (Savage) and a small team of dedicated musicians started two youth choirs: one for elite treble singers and one for high school students. From the beginning, PYC has been a fully functioning non-profit organization under the governance of a hard-working board and an illustrious honorary board.

Within weeks of the first rehearsal, the original two choirs doubled in size and voice to become four choirs. Pacific Youth Choir immediately found a home as Choir in Residence at Portland’s Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.  And by the end of the first season, five choirs were in place, with 120 voices and singers ranging in age from eight to 18.

Now in its nineteenth season, PYC remains true to its core values and artistic goals: to  connect every singer in every choir to a higher awareness of life through music—touching choristers’ lives in positive ways that they take back to their families and communities. The atmosphere is collaborative, joyful, and disciplined. Committed, focused work leads to true accomplishment. Developmentally appropriate musical and choral challenges keep pace with the singers as their skills mature throughout each choir year.

Pacific Youth Choir is now made up of ten choirs, with ages ranging from five to 19:

  • Music Makers, kindergarten
  • Nova I, 1st–2nd grades
  • Nova II, 3rd–4th grades
  • Rapids (Girlchoir), 5th–8th grades
  • Rogue (Boychoir), 5th–8th grades
  • Neighborhood Choirs: PYC@Whitman, PYC@Penninsula, PYC@Wattles Boys and Girls Club
  • Cascadia, 6th–8th grades - treble voices
  • Coro Pacifica, 9th–12th - soprano and alto voices
  • Tsunami, 9th–12th - tenor, baritone, and bass changed voices
  • Pacific, 9th–12th grades - soprano, alto, tenor, and bass voices
  • Chamber Choir, 9th–12th grades - soprano, alto, tenor, and bass voices

With more than 280 students representing over 60 Portland metro area schools, Pacific Youth Choir is widely acclaimed as one of the finest choral programs on the West Coast.

Mission Statement

Pacific Youth Choir changes lives through high level choral artistry in an open, joyful, and nurturing environment.  Through practice, performance, and education singers build their skills and emerge as confident young adults with a lifelong love of music.  PYC strives to inspire audiences as they work together to create musical excellence.

Vision Statement

Changing Lives Through Music