Youth Chorus

The Ironhorse Youth Chorus is a 2017 reboot of the longstanding Helena Youth Choir. Co-directors Dr. Maren Haynes Marchesini, Dr. Joanna Martin Berg, and Sarah Whitlatch are new to the Helena area, and look forward to contributing to Helena’s active music community through building a fun, engaging, and musically excellent youth choir for Helena’s young people.

We welcome all treble-voiced singers in or entering grades 3 through 8 to audition for the Helena Youth Chorus. Beginning in Fall 2017, we rehearse once per week, and perform for events and services in the Helena area. To learn more about our chorus or to schedule an audition, e-mail us at

Les Cramer and Carol Waniata each directed the Helena Youth Choir for many years, building a robust and active organization and a true gem in the Helena community. Under their direction, the choir toured nationally and internationally, performed for sporting events and at resorts around the state, and hosted concerts in the Helena community. Their presence as advisors to the new Ironhorse Youth Chorus is invaluable as Carol and Les remain passionate about youth music in Helena, and inspire excellence and possibility.

The Ironhorse Youth Chorus welcomes young singers entering grades 1 through 8. Rehearsals traditionally take place on Mondays from 5:00-6:00 pm; audition schedules will be shared when we are ready to resume a normal rehearsal schedule.