American Youth Chorus

American Youth Chorus at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

Amer­i­can Youth Cho­rus (AYC) start­ed in the fall of 2008 with 35 stu­dents in the two divi­sions and has steadi­ly grown in size each year. The AYC holds its rehearsals at the Capi­tol Hill Arts Work­shop (CHAW), which is locat­ed in an eas­i­ly acces­si­ble loca­tion and pro­vides fam­i­lies with bus trans­porta­tion that picks up stu­dents direct­ly from some schools.

The AYC pro­gram is a music, human­i­ties, and per­for­mance focused pro­gram that pro­vides stu­dents with an enjoy­able and sup­port­ive cur­ricu­lum that encour­ages healthy vocal pro­duc­tion. AYC nur­tures their under­stand­ing of music the­o­ry, note-read­ing, singing in three-part 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, Direc­tor Katie Kova­covich strives 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.


CHAW Junior Divi­sion Rehearsals for Ages 8–10 are held on Tues­days from 4:30 — 6:00 pm.
CHAW Senior Divi­sion Rehearsals for Ages 11–14 are held on Thurs­days from 4:30 — 6:00 pm.
Audi­tions take place pri­mar­i­ly in the sum­mer and in Jan­u­ary. AYC also has rolling audi­tions through­out the year per request.

Get more infor­ma­tion here about audi­tions and singing in Amer­i­can Youth Cho­rus.