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USC Youth Choir

The USC Youth Choir provides singers ages 9–13 with exceptional choral music education and performance experience while inspiring a lifelong love of singing and music. This auditioned choir is a premier group of young singers working together to build superior choral skills and musicianship.

Register online for Youth Choir here (use promo code uscyc17)

Is your child interested in performing in the Bernstein MASS?

Learn more about the School of Music’s biggest musical event. To find out about auditions, email or Ellen Douglas Schlaefer

Fall 2018 Dates

Monday, August 21 - online registration opens for 2017-2018
Monday, September 11
- First rehearsal and Parent Information Meeting
Saturday, December 2, 2:00 p.m. - Winter Concert
The Youth Choir rehearses from 6:15–7:30 p.m. on Monday evenings in room 107 of the School of Music (813 Assembly St.)


$385 for the year


Auditions include vocalizing a choral warm-up to establish range, tonal echo patterns and singing a short selection with the director. No previous experience is required. Please bring a completed copy of the audition form with you to the audition.

Register and pay online

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Victoria Leitner

Victoria K. Leitner

Victoria K. Leitner directs the USC Youth Choir. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education along with a vocal performance certificate from the University of South Carolina. She is a member of ACDA, SCMEA, NAfME, and is GIML Elementary General Level I certified. A native of Columbia, SC, Leitner spent time at St. Timothy Catholic School in Virginia as the music and choir teacher and began after school programs for the Competitive Choir and Worship Choir. The Competitive Choir took first place at competition and scored superior ratings in all categories. During her time at St. Timothy School, she coordinated and directed the first all-school concert with over 500 student performers. Ms. Leitner was a scholarship singer and soloist for the Eastminster Presbyterian Church Adult Chancel Choir for five years and was the director of the Children’s Choir for two years. She has experience working with children of all ages, having taught music and chorus to pre-k through eighth grade, private voice and piano to ages six to 18, and Music Play at USC, birth to age five. As a dedicated teacher and choral director, Ms. Leitner is passionate about sharing her love of music with children and youth.

Support Us

Donor support enables the USC Youth Choir to provide tuition assistance to those students who would otherwise be unable to participate. Donations are tax-deductible and can be given in memory or honor of a loved one.

Contact the USC Youth Choir at 803-777-5381 or