Who Are We?
The Deer Creek Youth Choir (DCYC) is a community choir that inspires young singers to reach their full musical potential. DCYC is committed to developing each singer’s vocal technique, music literacy, performance discipline, self-esteem and ability to work well with others. We strive to provide a welcoming and encouraging environment where students feel comfortable to express themselves while working towards a common goal with their peers.
Founded in 2016 with just 17 singers, DCYC now brings together over 40 singers from across Harford & Baltimore counties. Our singers are in grades 2 through 9 and sing in one of our two ensembles: Jubilate & Vivace. DCYC is supported by the Deer Creek Chorale (DCC), the premiere adult choral ensemble in Harford and Northern Baltimore Counties. In line with the values of the DCC, the Deer Creek Youth Choir is committed to “singing locally and giving globally,” serving our community and the world. Our singers enjoy the opportunities for intergenerational singing through various collaborations with the Deer Creek Chorale.
We are proud of our comprehensive program that prides itself in a strong music education foundation for our singers as well as significant performance and music festival opportunities. Our weekly rehearsals focus on vocal technique, ear training, Kodály solfege exercises, music reading and performance discipline. Approximately 5 performances are held during the school year in both Harford and Northern Baltimore counties. DCYC singers are given the opportunity to work with internationally renowned composers and clinicians each year. We are committed to connecting our singers with other youth from across the state and the country through participation in the annual Maryland Young Voices Festival and nomination for honor choirs through the American Choral Directors Association. DCYC departed on our first choir tour in June 2019 to participate in the Queen City Choral Festival at the University of Cincinnati – Conservatory of Music.
Hear Us Sing
Youth Choir Artistic Director
Julie Culotta is an active and engaging choral conductor, clinician, presenter and adjudicator. She completed her Masters in Music from Georgia State University where she studied choral conducting with Deanna Joseph. Mrs. Culotta is the founder of the Deer Creek Youth Choir and loves sharing her experience and passion for music with the next generation of singers.