American Youth Chorus

Who We Are

Since its found­ing in the fall of 2008, the Amer­i­can Youth Cho­rus (AYC) has pro­vid­ed after school music and choral oppor­tu­ni­ties to hun­dreds of DC area youth. In the sum­mer of 2019 we suc­cess­ful­ly launched our first ever sum­mer music camp for six weeks of singing, learn­ing, and play­ing! We will not be offer­ing after school pro­gram­ming for the 2019–2020 school year as we con­tin­ue to build out our new sum­mer and break camp pro­gram­ming, but we hope you stay con­nect­ed with us here and on Face­book for all of our future offer­ings!

AYC is a music, human­i­ties, and per­for­mance focused pro­gram that pro­vides stu­dents with an enjoy­able and sup­port­ive cur­ricu­lum that encour­ages healthy vocal pro­duc­tion. AYC nur­tures under­stand­ing of music the­o­ry, note-read­ing, singing in har­mo­ny, stage pres­ence, and team­work through ensem­ble per­for­mances. AYC’s goals are not only to strive to devel­op stu­dents into strong singers and musi­cians, but also into deter­mined cit­i­zens of the com­mu­ni­ty with high lev­els of self-esteem, deter­mi­na­tion, and focus on school work and per­son­al life goals.

AYC stands apart from oth­er youth choral orga­ni­za­tion through the sys­temic teach­ing of the his­tor­i­cal con­text and val­ues of social jus­tice per­va­sive in the AYC song-cur­ricu­lum. AYC stu­dents are encour­aged to ask ques­tions about the mean­ings and cul­tur­al nuances present in the songs that they sing from around the world as part of their mem­o­riza­tion and per­for­mance prepa­ra­tion. In this way our staff strive to instill a life­long love of music, com­mu­ni­ty aware­ness, and respon­si­bil­i­ty through choral singing.

Amer­i­can Youth Cho­rus has per­formed all over the Wash­ing­ton area, most notably at the Nation­al Archives, Kennedy Cen­ter, the White House Christ­mas tour, the Library of Con­gress, the 2010 Kennedy Cen­ter Hon­orees lun­cheon at the State Depart­ment, and the Children’s Inau­gur­al Ball. The AYC singers have also per­formed at the H Street Fes­ti­val, count­less assist­ed liv­ing facil­i­ties for the elder­ly, and at a White House hol­i­day recep­tion where the stu­dents met First Lady Michelle Oba­ma.