Oxford Youth Choirs performs a wide range of music, including jazz, opera and most areas of choral music, with regular workshops given by visiting specialists. The choir provides a thorough technical training, and advanced members have individual lessons. The senior choir has over 50 members, aged 11-18, from state and independent schools in the Oxford area, and a teaching staff of two. Some of the older girls are able to undertake paid work and help with the running of the junior choirs.
The choir has made three award-winning CDs of music by Hildegard of Bingen with the ensemble SINFONYE, and three others of medieval music. It is also active in the world of contemporary music, and has commissioned or premièred many new compositions and arrangements, including:
- Judith Bingham: The Ghost of Combermere Abbey
- Howard Haigh: The Oxford Mummers
- Edward Dudley-Hughes: Ascention (John Donne)
- Kenneth Leaper: Maids of Masura, A Page From our Pillow Book, Butterflies, Sutra
- Francis Pott: Nunc Natus Est Altissimus
- Roderick Williams: Alice in Wonderland (opera), Set me as a Seal, and many original arrangements of jazz standards
- Stevie Wishart: Sub Rosa
- Emily Levy: Unending Sky
Oxford Youth Choirs performs regularly, and has sung in Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Malta, Ireland and Wales. In 2005 the Schola Pietatis Antonio Vivaldi, based on past and present Oxford Youth Choirs members and others, filmed the programmes "Vivaldi's Women" and "Gloria" in the church of La Pietà in Venice, recorded a programme for the Radio 3 series "The Choir". The Chamber Choir also sings at functions and events at venues in the area including recently Oxford Castle, the Ashmolean Museum, Highclere Castle, the Bodleian Library in Oxford and various Oxford colleges. In December 2014 the Chamber Choir took part in concerts in Reims, France under the direction of Edward Higginbottom to commemorate the truce of Christmas 1914.