ABOUT US

Rise Up Children’s Choir, Utah’s premiere contemporary vocal performance group for young people ages 5 to 18, ignites a love of music and encourages the full expression of each child’s potential for artistic and personal excellence through the collaborative experiences of singing, recording, and performing.

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OUR MISSION

OUR BIORAPHY

The 2021 winner of Utah’s Best of State award for “Best Music Education Organization,” Rise Up Children’s Choir has a global audience with over a quarter of a million subscribers to their YouTube channel and over 30 million views of their music videos. They have won the Utah Music Video Awards’ “Best Music Video Award” for their stunning rendition of “Speechless” which has reached over 14 million views on YouTube. The choir was recognized by the #1 KPOP band BTS on Twitter for their cover of “Dynamite,” which was also named “Best Cover of Dynamite” by KPOP Chart; and recognized by the Contemporary A Cappella Society for their collaboration of “Believe” with BYU’s Vocal Point. The choir has collaborated in live performances with the trio Gentri to sold-out audiences at the Eccles Theatre, Broadway stars Dallyn Bayles and Elisabeth Evans at Libby Gardner Hall, and American Idol-winner Taylor Hicks.

 

Rise Up Children’s Choir is comprised of four ensembles – Junior Choir for children ages 5 to 13 with musical direction by Katie Houts; Children’s Choir for youth ages 7 to 18 under the direction of Scott Shattuck; Amplify, our small, advanced-level mixed-voice ensemble for youth ages 11 to 18 and also under the direction of Scott Shattuck; and Lumina, our small, advanced-level all-female ensemble for girls ages 11 to 18 under the direction of Amy Lynn Whitcomb. The award-winning founders of Rise Up Children’s Choir are Amy Oakeson and Suzy Oliveira, who collectively have over 300,000,000 views of their creative work on YouTube.

Rise Up Children’s Choir, Utah’s premiere contemporary vocal performance group for young people ages 5 to 18, ignites a love of music and encourages the full expression of each child’s potential for artistic and personal excellence through the collaborative experiences of singing, recording, and performing.

 

In a professional environment with a diverse and talented staff of experts in their fields, young performers are given the opportunity to develop their talents, collaborate with artists in the production and performance of live music and recorded music videos, and share their uplifting messages of hope and joy with live audiences and online viewers around the world.

Rise Up Children’s Choir uses social media in wonderful and transformative ways to make the world a better place – one view, one like, and one share at a time. Through the creation of positive, powerful, professional and entertaining content across our various social media platforms, the group engages audiences emotionally, encourages dialogue about important issues and causes, and delivers much needed optimism and inspiration.

 

Every child is born with talents and passions. Rise Up Children’s Choir is a place where young performers are encouraged to pursue their passions and celebrate life through creative expression and personal discovery, both as members of the choir and in their daily lives. We foster talent, offer inspiration, provide support, and give our young performers the courage to follow their dreams.

OUR STAFF

Amy Oakeson

Amy Oakeson

Producer, Director + Cofounder

Bold. Driven. Resilient.

Superpower – Can conjure something amazing out of practically nothing.

Don’t ever ask her to do math unless her life depends on it...or eat mushrooms.

Amy Lynn Whitcomb

Amy Lynn Whitcomb

Music Director, Lumina

Ambitious. Free-spirited. Dynamo.

Superpower – A compassionate leader who brings unity and harmony to any situation.

Don’t ever ask her to pull an all-nighter.

Scott Shattuck

Scott Shattuck

Music Director, Children’s Choir + Amplify

Enthusiastic. Innovative. Intuitive.

Superpower – An empath who exudes positivity and lifts everyone around him.

Don’t ever ask him to work on an empty stomach or when he’s sleep deprived.

Ryceejo Shattuck

Ryceejo Shattuck

Assistant to the Music Director, Children’s Choir

Loyal. Conscientious. Insightful.

Superpower – Moves through the world with a confident energy, puts people at ease, and makes sure everyone is included and feels heard.

Don’t ever ask her to watch a scary movie.

Katie Houts

Katie Houts

Music Director, Junior Choir

Optimistic. Resourceful. Imaginative.

Superpower – Can sight read any music score, and play any song by ear.

Don’t ever ask her to try food on your plate, especially if it's spicy.

Talmage Sanders

Talmage Sanders

Assistant to the Music Director, Amplify

Fun-loving. Energetic. Eager.

Superpower – Like a shape shifter, can adapt to just about any situation with a cheerful attitude.

Don’t ever ask him to ingest anything with vinegar. (Pickles be nasty.)