The Utah Children's Choir was founded in 1984 by its director Kay Asay. Over the past many years the choir has had a history of outstanding concerts, choral festivals, and community collaborations with other choirs and orchestras.

The choir has sung in major concert halls including Carnegie Hall, the National Cathedral, Abravanel hall, Riverside Church, The Cathedral of the Madeline, Libby Gardner Hall, The Assembly Hall and the Conference Center in Salt Lake City. The choir sang in the Tuscany International Festival in Florence, Italy and in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome in 1999. In 2009 the UCC performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in their Christmas Concerts along with soloist Natalie Cole.

what we offer

  • One-on-one vocal lessons

  • Solo Opportunities

  • Short Tours

  • 2-4 hours of singing direction per week

  • Singing in prominent venues (Abravanel Hall, Temple Square, etc.)

  • Regular Concerts

  • Opera & stage opportunities

  • Cheaper tuition than private voice lessons

  • Well-rounded quality music education

What are members have said 

I was in the Utah Children’s Choir for six years. I view it as a highlight of my youth. We traveled to Washington D.C., California, and all over Utah. Miss Asay also made it possible for me to sing at Carnegie Hall. The music was fun, challenging, and expanded my view of the world. We sang in every language from Latin to Russian. Now that I live in Canada, I love singing Canadian folk songs to my children that I learned in choir.
— Lindy McKay, Alberta
“One of the most memorable experiences I had with the choir was in 1998 when we went to a competition in Anehiem California. We competed against 22 high school choirs and we won first place. What an amazing and proud moment for all of us! The trophies and recognition were so fun, but the the times that really meant the most to me were when we sang. The energy in the choir was palpable as we sang with emotion as one unit all completely attuned to our wonderful leader and conductor Ms. Asay. The few seconds between the song ending, Ms. Asay lowering her hands, and the applause—in those few moments when we knew that we had exceeded our own expectations, we all knew all the practice was worth it. I loved these spiritually moving moments.
— Cambrie Nelson, Oregon
“By the time I was sixteen, I had spent half my life as a first soprano in the Utah Children’s Choir. Performing with UCC set my life on a very particular trajectoy. At age 14, I composed my first choral piece for UCC, and since then, I have found great joy in composing art songs, choral pieces, musicals, and operas for groups around the world. In UCC, I made lifelong friends and learned lifelong lessons. My experiences with the Utah Chidlren’s Choir instilled within me a deep appreciation for music created by the human voice and taught me that there is something mysterious and wonderful about choral singing—about contributing a small piece to something much larger than the collective sum of its parts. I’ll never forget traveling to Italy with the choir: We stood, hand in hand, Tuscan sun on our faces—enough children from around the world to fill an entire piazza. With eyes fixed on our conductor, Doreen, we breathed in and felt the subtle rush of 500 voices preparing to sing. “Siyahamba, kukhanyeni.” “We are marching in the light.” We rotated in a wide circle as Doreen spun slowly in the middle, the gravitational center of our little universe. Music. Motion. Connection. That moment would be forever frozen for me in all of its movement-infused vitality.”
— Erica Glenn, Utah
“I sing in my head and to my children at night. I love to sing and have a song in my heart wherever I go! UCC created within me a love for singing and I still have friends today from that wonderful experience along my path of life!”
— Marylynn Nelson Benner, Utah