Today the choir consists of approx. 30 members aged 14-24. They are mainly recruited from the municipalities of Hedmarken – Hamar, Løten, Stange and Ringsaker. Innlandet University College, Toneheim Folk High School and Stange High School are also important recruitment channels.
From 2017 Defrost Youth Choir receives direct support from the municipalities in Hedmark. The goal is, among other things, to be a natural choice for those who want to sing in a choir that presents big challenges to each singer.
Defrost Youth Choir from Hamar, Norway, originally started out as a project-choir in collaboration between two of Norway’s most successful and prestigious choir-conductors, Erland Dalen and Thomas Caplin. Back then, the choir was named EDTChoir. During a time-period of one and a half years, the choir accomplished formidable success, which rewarded two gold medals in the World Choir Games in Cincinnati (USA) in the summer of 2012. The choir reached it’s musical goals, but more importantly the positive development around their social competence, endurance and tolerance.
The new choir «Defrost Youth Choir» started in the fall of 2012, and was no longer a project-choir. The choir has a continuous rollover of it’s members due to school and work.