San Diego Queer Youth Chorus


About San Diego Queer Youth Chorus

The San Diego Queer Youth Chorus (SDQYC) is welcoming new members for the only chorus in the State of California of LGBTQIA2+ and allied middle and high school students. Please join us!

San Diego Queer Youth Chorus encourages and fosters artistic expression, personal development, and leadership in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning intersex and allied youth and presents musical performances that provide an opportunity and space for young people, however they identify, to say “this is a place where I am accepted for who I am and everything that I bring.”

SDQYC is a joint project of San Diego Pride, San Diego Women’s Chorus, and the SDQYC AD, Lindsey Deaton, and operates under the guidance, support, and direction of a committee comprised of these groups. San Diego Pride acts as SDQYC’s fiscal sponsor.
SDQYC is led by Founding Artistic Director Lindsey Deaton, who is the Founding Artistic Director of the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles and the Diverse City Youth Chorus in Cincinnati, OH.




What kind of musical or stage experience is expected from new SDQYC performers?

New SDQYC performers should have:

  • Choral, show choir or musical theater experience, whether from having sung in a church, school or community group.
  • The ability to sight-read and/or sing back immediately what is heard.
  • The ability to learn text in other languages and memorize music for performances.
  • The ability to move rhythmically.
  • The desire to perform a wide variety of music and have fun.

​What kind of time commitment does SDQYC membership require?

SDQYC Season 1 begins October 13, 2019 and runs to the end of July 2020 with weekly rehearsals and two major concert productions. Singers are expected to commit to our rehearsal and performance schedule for a minimum of one year. Attendance at rehearsals and performances is mandatory.

Where and when are SDQYC rehearsals?

Regular SDQYC rehearsals are held Sundays 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the San Diego Pride offices: 3620 30th St, San Diego, CA 92104. Singers are encouraged to attend Sunday sectionals at 3 pm if/when scheduled during the Fall season. The Winter/Spring SDQYC production rehearsals are 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm every Sunday beginning January 6, 2020 until February 9, 2020 for choreography, sectionals and chorus rehearsal.

A sitzprobe, tech rehearsal and dress rehearsal, in addition to the regular weekly rehearsal, is held during the week prior to each major stage production. Additional rehearsals may be required at the discretion of the Artistic Director. Singers are encouraged to attend sectionals hosted by singers throughout the season typically during weekends and in singers’ homes in different parts of San Diego in addition to the weekly rehearsals.

When and where are SDQYC’s performances?

Major SDQYC concert productions this coming 2019-20 Season 1 include performances with Jason Mraz with TranscenDANCE, Banding Together, Malashock Dance Company, Pan Ensemble and more, for two sold-out performances at the Spreckels Theater February 15 and 16, 2020.

Fulfilling SDQYC’s mission and vision, community performances are scheduled for Transgender Day of Empowerment and other LGBTQIA2+ community events. The SDQYC may also have opportunities to perform with the other two LGBTQ+ choruses in the region, the San Diego Women’s Chorus and the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus. A detailed schedule of all confirmed dates for the upcoming season are provided at audition time.

What would be my financial obligations?

​There are no fees to participate in the SDQYC. Members can expect to provide their own travel to and from rehearsals and performances, retreats and social events. Social events are optional and scholarships will be available for touring. Members will need to provide some concert attire; bottoms, pants and skirts, etc.

​What other responsibilities and activities will I have as a member of SDQYC?

​Performers are expected to fulfill SDQYC’s mission, vision and core values and strive for excellence in performance. Therefore, the ability to rehearse and learn your music in a timely manner is really important. Punctuality and preparation are expected. SDQYC requires that each singer provide their own dress concert attire. For many performances, this will be a classy, elegant, all-black outfit with black shoes. Costumes will be required for the stage shows and help will be given to provide them.

As performers, you may be asked to volunteer your talents, skills, additional time or resources for organizational events and fundraisers. While participation is voluntary, it is always welcomed and greatly appreciated. Performers will have the opportunity to perform at special events. SDQYC’s special appearances this past season included:

  • Light Up the Cathedral
  • San Diego Women’s Chorus Pride 2019 concert
  • Mundo Latino stage performance for SD Pride 2019

SDQYC’s special appearances this coming season include:

  • Jason Mraz ‘SHINE’ a musical adventure February 15/16, 2020 at the Spreckels Theater

SDQYC has Fall and Winter membership retreats and takes advantage of other outside activities for a chance to get away from our usual rehearsal space and to get to know each other better.

What can you tell me about the audition process?

The audition consists of two parts: a musical audition and an interview. The entire process takes approximately 15 minutes. During the musical audition, the Artistic Director will ask you to:

  • Sing scales and warm-ups to determine tonal quality and range
  • Repeat simple melodic patterns to ascertain tonal memory and pitch recognition
  • Sight-read a musical excerpt to determine your reading skill level
  • Perform a short a cappella piece of your choice in any style to showcase your musicality

During the interview, you may meet with a small group of singers who may ask you questions such as:

  • What brought you to SDQYC?
  • What – if any – are your expectations of the organization?
  • How do you feel you can contribute toward the mission and vision of SDQYC?
  • Have you demonstrated this ability in the past with school, community or other organizations?

Also during this process, the committee will give you a schedule for the entire season and review responsibilities of membership with you. This will be the perfect time for you to ask any questions.

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Ready to perform with us?

​Fill out the form below and schedule your audition, and the Audition Coordinator will be in touch. If you are unable to join us this season or have missed the audition dates, fill out the form and we will keep you posted on any possible openings and contact you when auditions are next available!

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