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The National Catholic Youth Choir

Category: Children's and Youth Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
Location: Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA
The National Catholic Youth Choir (NCYC) was founded in 2000, by  program director Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB, is sponsored by Saint John’s School of Theology·Seminary, and meets on the grounds of Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota. The choir began under the motto Spreading the Catholic Faith Through Great Music as a response to the call of Pope John Paul II for a “new evangelization.”  The choir sings music of various Christian traditions, ranging from medieval Gregorian chant to twentieth-century music and is led by choral conductor, Dr. Axel Theimer. The primary focus of the choir is liturgical. NCYC seeks to implement the directive of Vatican Council II that the “treasury of sacred music” be preserved and fostered in the modern liturgy. View videos of past choirs on our website.
Up to 45 students entering grades 10, 11, and 12 from across the United States are selected to participate in the choir based on written applications, formal recommendations, and recorded auditions.  The summer camp generally takes place the last two weeks in June and includes extensive choir rehearsals, repertoire–based classes in religion, music theory, and/or music history, recreation, recording a CD, and daily prayer (Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, Rosary, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament). The choir worships together as a group with the Benedictine monks on campus and with the Benedictine sisters in nearby St. Joseph and conclude each day by singing Compline. The choristers receive cantor training as encouragement for music ministry in their home parishes and throughout their adult life.  The two week camp includes a multi-state concert tour with up to seven performances. 
Application and audition information can be found on our website; applications are accepted annually October through mid-March.
If your parish is interested in hosting a concert performance please contact For further information about the choir, please visit our website or contact our office.
Dorothy Kantor, office manager
Saint John’s School of Theology·Seminary
PO Box 7288
Collegeville, MN 56321
(320) 363–3154 /