The Kern County International Youth Choir exists as an opportunity for students to travel and share choral music with audiences around the world. Artistic Director, Jack Bertrand, has been afforded experiences singing and conducting in several countries outside the United States, each of which has shaped his view of the world by strengthening his knowledge and understanding of various cultures. While the local university and college often takes students abroad, Mr. Bertrand felt founding the KCIYC provides this life-changing opportunity to high school students, something he wishes he had been able to do in high school.
Joining the Kern County International Youth Choir affords students the opportunity to study additional choral repertoire outside of their school choir with three accomplished choral directors in the Bakersfield area. Students will be challenged to sing music from a variety of languages, styles, and cultures further broadening their scope of singing and how it relates to the world.