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The Ann Arbor Youth Chorale is a non-profit organization whose goal is to enrich the culture and lives of the community by supporting and encouraging young singers to excel in both musical performance and social activities.

Fall Auditions for Concert Choir September 17

Auditions for Concert Choir’s 2016-17 season will be held the morning of Saturday, September 17, just before Workshop Day. Concert Choir is AAYC’s upper division ensemble for 12 to 16 year old girls and boys (boys with unchanged voices) who love to sing and enjoy challenging repertoire.

Auditions will be in Huron High School’s choir room, #7122. Scholarships are available, based on need. Sign up for a 10 minute appointment by clicking on the Auditions drop-down menu, above. Tell your friends about it too!

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Workshop Day September 17 at Huron HS

Workshop Day kicks off Ann Arbor Youth Chorale’s 2016-17 season, and we’ll accomplish a lot: members will receive their AAYC t-shirt, get a photo taken for attendance, have the chance to purchase an AAYC tote bag for $10, meet their directors and fellow singers, rehearse songs, and bring a parent or guardian to the meeting at the end. At that meeting, the choirs will actually sing something they just learned that afternoon!

Regular rehearsals begin the following Tuesday, September 20, at Bethlehem United Church of Christ (BUCC), 423 S 4th Ave, Ann Arbor.

Please put this information on your calendars:

Who: Workshop day is mandatory for AAYC members, plus a parent or guardian at the 1:00 pm meeting

What: AAYC Workshop Day

Where: Music wing of Huron High School (one time only this season!)

When: Saturday, September 17, 2016

  • Final Concert Choir auditions 8:30-10:00 am
  • All singers arrive between 10:00 and 10:45 am
  • Rehearsals with directors from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm (snack/lunch break included)
  • Parent meeting 1:00 to 1:30 pm, including brief performance by choirs
  • 1:30 dismissal

Our administrator, Lori Harris, will send you reminders and more information about Workshop Day.

AAYC totes for sale at Workshop Day

AAYC Totes will be for sale for $10 from 10 to 11 am on Workshop Day. We’ll have a table set up again for singers to personalize and decorate their totes. They’re perfect for carrying AAYC music folders to and from practice!

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September auditions for 2016-17 season

AAYC will hold auditions on the morning of Saturday, September 17, particularly for Concert Choir, which still has openings. Auditions will be in Huron High School’s music wing between 9 and 10 am, possibly earlier. Singers who audition successfully and are invited to join the choir are expected to attend the mandatory workshop that day. Registration is from 10 to 10:50 am, and Choir workshop (also at Huron High School) will be from 11 am to 1:00 pm, following by an all-member/parent meeting in the auditorium from 1-1:30 pm.

Concert Choir is AAYC’s more experienced and advanced ensemble. Boys and girls are ready for this choir when they can sing comfortably in multiple parts and have mastered basic solfège skills for sight-reading. Members are required to sing larger and more dissonant intervals. Emphasis is on sight-reading, part-singing, and more challenging repertoire, along with foreign language, and advanced choral technique. Concert Choir occasionally tours locally, nationally, and internationally.

To schedule an appointment, just click on the Auditions drop-down menu.

Administrator position filled!

Although we’re very sad to be losing Lori Harris, AAYC Administrator of the past seven years, to a full time job at the university, we’re also pleased to introduce to you our new Administrator, Jamie Phillips. Jamie and her family live in Ann Arbor, and their daughter will be a new member of Descant Choir. Jamie has an extensive background in the sciences, music, organization and administration, plus successful fundraising for Burns Park events. Jamie will begin with us in August, and you’ll get to meet her at Workshop Day on September 17. Please welcome Jamie Phillips to AAYC!

Please also help us in thanking Lori Harris for her enduring graciousness, organizational skills, hard work, and her long and loyal service to Youth Chorale. We’ll miss her very much and wish her well at U of M!