When  young people come together in song and dance and exchange cultural ideas and experiences, they quickly learn their similarities far outweigh their differences. 

In June, 2013, the Little Traverse Youth Choir Touring Choir, under the direction of Ms. Heather Russell, embarked on its first international tour to French-speaking Canada! The 32-member choir, ages 12-18 from a variety of towns in northern Michigan, performed concerts in Kitchener-Waterloo, Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City & Elmira, N.Y., sometimes joined by the Canadian host choirs. They had the distinct honor of singing at the Parliament of Canada, in Ottawa. The LTYC Touring Choir would like to thank the communities of northern Michigan for their generous support in making this dream a reality! You may relive the tour by visiting our blog at

In June, 2016, the Little Traverse Youth Choir under the direction of Mr. Owen James presented "A Journey in Song", a musical trip around the world to audiences in Petoskey, Indian River, Mackinaw City and Traverse City.

In June 2018, the Little Traverse Youth Choir traveled on its second international tour, this time to Ireland and Scotland! LTYC performed in the Dublin Choral Festival. LTYC was joined on tour for the Celebration of American Music in Ireland and Scotland by dancers from the Mid-Maryland Performing Arts Center and Dance Attack. 

The Great Lakes Youth Choir had accepted an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall in June 2020. Unfortunately, that trip was cancelled due to the novel Coronavirus.