Youth Singers of Calgary (YSC)

Youth Singers of Calgary creates great performers on stage and in life.

When a Youth Singer steps on stage, they give it everything they’ve got – their personalities, their dreams, their fears and their excitement. Their true voices come tumbling out and their love of performing, of growing and succeeding shines through. Their passion and enthusiasm captivate and elevate their audiences as well as each other.

For some Youth Singers, rehearsals and shows are an extension of an already healthy, balanced life. For others, they find an escape from the increasing stresses of being a kid, and discover opportunities to spark motivation otherwise lost behind the glow of their tablet or phone.

The tools we use to produce better performers allow us to develop people who feel better about themselves and who see that the sky really is the limit on their dreams. Every day, we create community leaders empowered by the experiences and personal growth they achieve through singing, dancing and acting.

We are one of Calgary’s largest performing arts organizations. For more than 30 years, guided by the vision and leadership of founder Shirley Penner, we have provided generations of young people with a chance to succeed through the performing arts. We nurture, mentor, guide and celebrate every child who comes through our doors.

Annual Results:

  • We give 500 performers in 15 divisions ranging from three years old to adult an inclusive place to perform;
  • For 10 months per year, our performers work to perfect the group’s two main-stage productions at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium;
  • Our 18,000-square-foot space houses four studios, a sound room, set and costume storage, and a priceless library of music titles.

 We provide a comprehensive performance training and music education program focused on singing, dancing and acting for ages 3 to adult, guided by 50+ artistic staff members. Our program is divided into 15 divisions including: early childhood and special needs classes, summer camps, and recreational and auditioned choral groups. Our bursary program removes barriers to participation by assisting those with financial need.

It’s a full program – classes begin in September and end in June, with many opportunities for extra rehearsals. A typical year for us will see several divisions participate in two main stage shows at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, as well as up to 100 community performances throughout the city. As an exciting bonus our program also gives young people once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to showcase their talents across Canada, and around the world.

Our performers are mentored and continuously challenged to learn and grow artistically. The mentorship component of our program has resulted in a number of working choreographers, musical directors and arts administrators, many of whom continue to benefit our organization as artistic staff – arranging the music, creating the choreography and writing the scripts which form the basis of Youth Singer’s yearly main stage shows.



 Making our program happen takes all of us working together. We are the performers, the teachers, the administrators, the families, the supporters – together we are creating a better community by giving young people the skills and opportunities to achieve their potential.

As a financial supporter, you are a critical part of our family. You enable us to do what we do by contributing much needed funds to run our program. Our costs are substantial.

Total annual program costs = $1.2 million

  • 65% programming
  • 15% Facility expenses
  • 20% Administration

Revenue earned:

  • 47% through tuition, performances and rental of the Performing Arts Youth Centre
  • 53% is raised through gaming, special events, donations, grants, sponsorships and government funding.

You can help Calgary youth develop their creativity and self-esteem, learn life-long skills and experience the challenges of leadership and teamwork through Youth Singers. Here’s how:

Become a Corporate Sponsor:

  • Performances: Spring Show, Summer camps
  • Education: Artistic/Professional development, STAR program
  • Special Events: Hearts Out fundraising gala, YSC Charity Golf Classic
  • And many more opportunities


  • One-time cash gift or a multi-year pledge
  • Gift-in-kind


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Youth Singers of Calgary (YSC)

Shirley Penner



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