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.