Awards and Grants

2017 Hillsboro Arts and Culture Council Grant

2017 Hillsboro Community Foundation Grant T. Johnson Memorial Fund

Oregon Arts Commission FY17 Small Operating Grant

2016 Richard B. Siegel Foundation Grant

2015 Richard B. Siegel Foundation Grant

Hillsboro Arts & Culture Council announces Hillsboro Community Youth Choir as first Endowment Award recipient

The Oregonian – August 31, 2015 – The Hillsboro Community Youth Choir (HCYC) is celebrating 10 years of bringing Washington County youth together through music, and now has even more to celebrate after being named the first Hillsboro Arts & Culture Endowment Award recipient…


HCYC has a new Artistic Director!

Hillsboro Community Youth Choir’s board of directors has selected a new artistic director,
Benjamin Noyes.

Benjamin student taught at Ladd Acres Elementary and Lakeridge High School. He is currently the choir director of his alum, Hilhi, and South Meadows Middle School. Read more about Benjamin Noyes here.

Music is for young people to create, not just consume, believes director of youth choir

Founding Artistic Director, Cindy Uecker

The Oregonian – May 13, 2015 – Among Cindy Uecker’s earliest memories is dancing in the middle of a four-string quartet while the rest of her family played.

“We were a musical family,” she says. “Everyone played at least one instrument and my father also composed music.”

Her first instrument of choice was the violin. The second was her voice…

Una Voz Mariachi Band and Hillsboro Community Youth Choir to present collaborative concert ‘Cantar!’

The Oregonian – February 16, 2015 – The Hillsboro Community Youth Choir and Una Voz Mariachi Band will present their winter concert, “Cantar!,” at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, in the Hillsboro High School auditorium, 3285 S.E. Rood Bridge Road…

Take a musical trip around the world with Hillsboro Community Youth Choir

The Oregonian – May 9, 2014 – …“Sahayta: A World United by Song” will fill the Hilhi auditorium with sounds from Romania, Bolivia, Nigeria and Thailand, to name a few, and will relate the importance of unity and cooperation through the universal language of song. Many of the songs performed will be influenced by dance, and audience participation is encouraged…

Hillsboro Community Youth Choir rehearsal (Photo Series)

The Oregonian – May 8, 2015 – Cindy Uecker rehearses with members of the Hillsboro Community Youth Choir for their 10th anniversary spring concert. It will be followed by a reception for the choir and a farewell for Uecker who is stepping down after 10 years from her role as the group’s first artistic director.

Kathleen Taylor, 10, loves to show the world what she can do when she performs

The Oregonian – March 21, 2014 – …Taylor is home-schooled this year and is using the Oregon Connections Academy, a tuition free online public school for grades K-12. She takes the more challenging classes for gifted students in this curriculum. This is her first year doing school this way and she enjoys being able to do things on a schedule she sets…

Hillsboro Community Youth Choir concert will feature local organist Paul Quarino

The Oregonian – February 19, 2014 – …He’ll combine his love of silent films with his passion for music Saturday, March 1, when he performs alongside the members of the Hillsboro Community Youth Choir for “The Sound of Silents” concert. The youth choir features first-graders through high school seniors from the Hillsboro and Forest Grove areas…

Christmas, holiday concerts to feature Handel’s ‘Messiah,’ Hillsboro Community Youth Choir

The Oregonian – December 2, 2014 – Two renditions of George Frideric Handel’s popular “Messiah” are coming to Washington County this month to commemorate the holiday season…

Hillsboro Community Youth Choir kicks off 10th anniversary season with holiday concert

The Oregonian – December 1, 2014 – The kickoff concert of the 2014-15 season for the Hillsboro Community Youth Choir, “Holiday Salutations!,” is set for 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at Hillsboro High School’s auditorium, 3285 S.E. Rood Bridge Road.

The concert is part of the season-long celebration of the choir’s 10th anniversary…

Hillsboro Community Youth Choir helps kids find their voice

The Oregonian – August 20, 2013- Hillary Frie smiled as her daughter Amy answered questions about her passion for singing.

“Two years ago she never would have talked this much,” Frie said.

Amy Frie, 14, nodded in agreement. As a preteen, she played trumpet in a youth jazz orchestra, but she was always curious about opportunities to sing.

Home-schooled in Forest Grove, she decided to audition for the Hillsboro Community Youth Choir, a nonprofit choir made up of young singers in grades K-12 from throughout Washington County…

‘Northern Lights’ concert by Hillsboro Community Youth Choir, songs of Scandinavia

The Oregonian – December 5, 2013 – Oregon may not be near the North Pole, but the members of the Hillsboro Community Youth Choir is taking their audiences close to it with their upcoming winter concert, “Northern Lights: Songs from Lands of the Aurora,” on Sunday, Dec. 15, featuring Christmas and winter songs in Swedish, Norwegian, Finish, Polish and French.

The nonprofit choir, made up of young singers in grades K-12 from throughout Washington County, is known for performances that educate as well as entertain. Past shows have included numbers on Hillsboro history, the Civil War and human rights…

Hillsboro Community Youth Choir takes a lyrical look at history in ‘Hillsboro to the MAX’

The Oregonian – January 26, 2012 – For most of the singers in Hillsboro’s Community Youth Choir, the 1990s are ancient history. But next weekend, the young performers will sing their way back to the mid-1800s, when the bustling city they know now was only a dream of a town, in the debut of “Hillsboro to the MAX” at the Venetian Theatre & Bistro…

Hillsboro youth choir sings ‘Down by the Riverside’ on Civil War and freedom

The Oregonian – May 14, 2013 – For the Hillsboro Community Youth Choir’s annual spring concert, they’re transporting audiences back to the Civil War era, singing the same tunes that were harmonized by soldiers and hymns that traveled throughout the underground railroad…

HACC names Community Arts/Culture grant recipients

The Oregonian – June 17, 2011 – …Hillsboro Community Youth Choir in support of the creation and production of a performance detailing the history of Hillsboro, in collaboration with the Hillsboro Historical Society…

Hillsboro kids’ choir tunes up for ‘Hands Across the Ocean’

The Oregonian – May 13, 2011 – “Hands Across the Ocean,” featuring music from countries around the world, will be the spring concert of the Hillsboro Community Youth Choir.

The concert — including songs about friendship, peace and unity — …

Hillsboro Community Youth Choir sings Dec. 10

The Oregonian – December 6, 2011 – Hillsboro Community Youth Choir will present its winter concert, “Caroling, Caroling Near and Far,” at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.

The concert will include traditional carols and unusual seasonal songs from around the world…