History and Vision
Founded in 1984 by the late Helen Grubbs, Young Naperville Singers has grown to become a premier community-based children’s choral organization in Chicago’s western suburbs and the Fox River Valley. Mrs. Grubbs, whose own musical roots began as a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, recognized the need for a children’s choir and culturally rich organization in the area. Envisioning a choir that would remove the constraints of school boundaries, religious affiliations, cultural or racial barriers, or socioeconomic status, the dream of this composer, pianist and mother of six continues to grow three decades later, with more than 350 children currently participating in Young Naperville Singers.
In addition to formal concerts in December and May, YNS singers engage in many community outreach programs, such as Boys’ Power Sing and Diva Day. Opportunities like these invite non-members to experience the joy of singing, work with accomplished directors and composers, and participate in the enrichment YNS offers. We also gather with local school choirs and other choral organizations to create meaningful musical experiences for children.
Our choirs give back to the community through performances at local senior citizen residences, Naperville Municipal Band concerts, Naperville’s annual Rib Fest, The Kids Matter Annual Service Awards, Edward Hospital Cancer Center’s fundraiser and the Feed My Starving Children and Our Children’s Homestead’s galas. In addition, YNS supports artists and composers, commissioning pieces from living artists and giving our children the experience of premiering original work.
Young Naperville Singers’ Bella Voce Singers choir tours nationally and internationally, traveling to choral festivals in Iowa, Florida, Louisiana, New York, Colorado, Hawaii and Vancouver, Costa Rica and Ireland in recent years. This season, Bella Voce Singers will perform on tour in Austria, the Young Men and older Boys will travel to Eugene, Oregon for the Pacific International Choral Festival and the Concert Singers will be attending the Queen's City Choral Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Contact us today to learn how your child can join Young Naperville Singers.