The 2019 Application is now available
After reading all of the information on this page, follow the link at the bottom of this page to apply today.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please be sure to read all of the details in this section before beginning your application.
What is the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir?
The All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir (AOSFYC) was founded in 1963 by Glenville D. Thomas, who led the Youth Choir in concerts for thousands of visitors at the Ohio State Fair, directed them in a number of European tours and took them to several national parades. Championed by four-term governor James A. Rhodes, the Choir has sung for several gubernatorial inaugurations and was proclaimed Ohio’s “Singing Ambassadors of Goodwill” by the state legislature. Most recently, members of last year's AOSFYC performed during the 2019 inaugural festivities for Governor Mike DeWine.
Five days before the opening of the Ohio State Fair, the select, 200-voice Choir meets at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus and launches into a rigorous schedule that includes vocal training; sessions on vocal health; part, sectional and full rehearsals; solo auditions; and marching instruction. Once the Fair opens, the Youth Choir sings six to eight concerts a day, marching up to eight miles each day to various performance sites around the 360-acre fairgrounds. In addition to performing, AOSFYC members enjoy activities, headliner concerts and other special events at the Fair, build lifelong friendships in the Choir, and develop leadership skills that many choose to take back to the choirs in their own communities.
In addition to their performances on the Fairgrounds, all members of the 2019 AOSFYC will be performing at the Statehouse in July.
Who Can Apply?
Any students currently in 9th-12th grade and residing or attending school in Ohio may apply. Singers are selected on the basis of their musical ability and experience, their teacher's recommendation, and the consent of their parent or guardian.
What are the dates of the 2019 AOSFYC?
Members of the 2019 Choir will be engaged from July 18 through August 4, 2019. Rehearsal week takes place July 18-23, and the Ohio State Fair runs from July 24 through August 4. Only singers available the entire 18 days should apply.
Where do we live during the Ohio State Fair?
The 200 Choir members live on site at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus and are housed in the Rhodes Center complex. Students are under capable, experienced adult leadership night and day. Each day, three balanced meals are provided to singers in the Rhodes Center cafeteria at no charge.
How Much does it cost?
Because of the generosity of the Ohio Exposition Commission, our membership fees are significantly lower than any other residential summer arts camp. 2019 Membership Fees are:
What information should i have ready before i begin the online application?
The free online appication can be accessed through the link at the bottom of this page. Before beginning the application process, be sure to have all of your personal contact information, your parent/guardian's phone number and valid e-mail address and your school choral director's phone number and valid e-mail address. You are also encouraged to meet with your choir director so that (s)he may assist you in determining your vocal range.
The majority of incomplete applications are the result of mistyped/misspelled email addresses for the youth, parent/guardian and/or the music educator reference. Be sure you have the correct information and type them in correctly!
You can download the 2019 application checklist below:
You must have a valid e-mail address to apply. All official correspondence related to your application, including invitations to join the 2019 Choir, will be sent to the e-mail address you provide. Check it regularly! Be sure that you set your spam filter to accept messages from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your school choral director will receive an e-mail at the address you provide in the application. This e-mail will include a link to the online director recommendation form. This form must be completed within two weeks of your application.
When is the Application Deadline?
All application materials (the online application, the parent/guardian consent and the choral director recommendation form) must be completed on or before March 31. Your parent/guardian and your teacher will not be asked to complete their portions of the application until you submit your application.
We encourage you to follow up with your teacher and your parent/guardian to ensure that they submit their forms before the application deadline.
When will I be notified of the AOSFYC's decision?
Application review will not begin until after the final deadline on March 31. All applicants will be evaluated individually and then in comparison to other applicants of the same voice part. Rolling acceptances to returning members in good standing may be sent out early. Though unforeseen circumstances may change the notification date, we anticipate notifying applicants of final decisions no later than April 15.
Before beginning the online application, be sure that you have:
You can download the full 2019 application checklist below:
All materials are due no later than March 31:
Approximate final decision notification date: April 15
If selected for membership in the 2019 AOSFYC, the following dates will apply: