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The Reason we sing, is to praise the One who gave
Who are we?
The Bay County Christian Youth Choir, Inc., an independent interdenominational youth choir, (the “BCCYC”) was established in 2009 under the conviction that the future of congregational participation in the music of the church lies in the training and nurturing of its youth and children. The choir has the goals of teaching choir members (i) to speak and sing in public, (ii) the experience of performing locally and on choir tours, (iii) how to work together to achieve goals that can only be achieved collectively, (iv) the discipline of making a long-term commitment and the rewards of hard work, (v) how to "get along" with fellow choir members and (vi) skills that enable the choir members to be what God has called us all to be: worshipers of Him.
The choir performs a Christmas concert, sings three or four times throughout the year at area churches and also sings at two or three community events. Each year the choir takes a Spring tour immediately after school is dismissed in late May or early June.
The choir sings a mixture of classical choral literature, traditional hymn arrangements, spirituals as well as contemporary praise and worship songs, and each choir member has a speaking part during the tour program. Each tour program is thematic, with the songs and speaking parts tied together by this theme. On tour the choir watches teaching videos on the bus and participates in Bible studies at night when the choir is together.
What do we believe?
• We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
• We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
• We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
• We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
• We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a
• We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
(Confession of Faith Adopted by the National Association of Evangelicals)
Nevin Zimmerman and his wife Gigi have been involved directing and organizing traveling youth choirs for almost 25 years, and they felt the need, along with others, to start the Bay County Christian Youth Choir in 2009.
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Gigi plans the entire tour every year. She also cooks and prepares the many meals that are served to the choir every week. BCCYC wouldn't be possible without her.
Jody Schnell is the Director for the choir. She has a performance degree in voice from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Music and Worship leadership from The Baptist College of Florida. Jody has many years of experience directing choirs in high school and serves as the choir director at Mosley High School.
Ashley Rader Taws
Ashley Taws is the Director of the Middle School Choir and the Assistant Director for the High School Choir. Ashley is excited to be working with the choir after spending 4 years in Richmond, VA. She has studied classical and jazz voice at Gulf Coast State College and Berklee College of Music. She has directed high school choir with Arnold High School, and other various youth choirs in Virginia over the years. Soli Deo Gloria!
The Middle School Choir (grades 5th - 8th) and High School Choir (grades 9th-12th) rehearses every Monday evening (September - May) from 4:30-5:15 PM (Middle School) and 6:00-7:20 PM (High School) at Emerald Coast Fellowship (4102 West Highway 390- enter from the back of the church facing Jenks Avenue).
Check out the rest of the website for pictures, videos, and other information and then come to a rehearsal and check us out! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Nevin Zimmerman at (850) 215-6604 for more information. Check out our Upcoming Events page and Stay Connected page for our performances and how to stay in contact on other platforms.
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Board of Directors
The Bay County Christian Youth Choir, Inc. is a tax exempt 501c3 not-for-profit Florida corporation. The Board of Directors consists of men and women that are successful in their chosen vocations, and it brings years of experience and enthusiasm to the youth choir ministry.
The Board of Directors and Officers for Bay County Christian Youth Choir, Inc. come from all walks of life, churches and occupations. The current Board of Directors are: Nevin Zimmerman (Chairman), Jody Schnell (Vice-Chairman), Russell Jinks (Secretary/Treasurer), Frank Skerratt, Gigi Zimmerman, Theresa Garcia, Melanie Henneberg, Lisa Parauka, Terrell Magee, Candi Hutchison, Tom Holmes, Elizabeth Hamrick, Gabe Allen, Ashley DeVries, Emily Trumbull Pons, Ryan Pons, Hannah Magee Adams, Matt Adams, Jessica Hayes Teplicek, Monica Napier Halverson, Matt Jinks, Jenny Grace Taws, Shelly Barta and Christina Leete Gordon.
Membership in the choir is open to any interested student, and no choir member is required to subscribe to the statement of belief. However, all Board members must consent to the confession of faith adopted by the National Association of Evangelicals.