Our Choirs

AAYC is a place where everyone is accepted and loved. It brought my friends and music together into one activity, which was amazing.”

“Not only has my voice improved, but I had tons of fun.” – Rita, a first-year singer

The Ann Arbor Youth Chorale offers two graded choirs:

Descant WC 2017 copyDescant Choir is our entry level ensemble. It prepares younger singers for performance and for the requirements of the more advanced ensemble, Concert Choir. Members demonstrate a desire to sing and the ability to match pitch. They improve their unison singing and begin to sing in two parts. Note reading, basic score reading, and good rehearsal techniques are stressed. Descant Choir may travel locally or for out-of-town day trips.

Version 2Concert Choir is our more advanced ensemble. Members are prepared for the rigors of this choir when they can sing comfortably in multiple parts and have mastered basic solfège skills. They are required to sing larger and more dissonant intervals. Emphasis is on sight-reading, part-singing, and more challenging repertoire, along with foreign language, advanced choral technique, and accelerated music reading readiness. Concert Choir may tour locally, nationally, or internationally.

Each choir is dedicated to fostering excellence in musicianship. At their respective levels, children learn musical concepts (melody, rhythm, harmony, dynamics, form, and style) and skills (singing, breathing, diction, music theory, sight-reading, and performance practice) through choral singing, listening, and analysis

Students study vocal literature from a broad range of musical styles and periods, from classical to folk, from Broadway tunes to spirituals, from the sixteenth century to the present. They are exposed to new languages, as well as the customs, beliefs, and values of the world’s cultures.

While working with professionals in a nurturing atmosphere, members realize their musical potential, experience the satisfaction of achievement, and make lasting friendships. They also develop life-long transferable skills such as discipline, critical thinking, and teamwork.

Rehearsals are at Bethlehem United Church of Christ in downtown Ann Arbor. Both choirs meet on Tuesdays: Concert Choir from 6 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. (with a short break) and Descant Choir 6:00-7:00 p.m. The season runs from September through May.

Our choirs present their own annual Winter and Spring concerts in Ann Arbor.  They often appear with distinguished performing arts organizations, such as the Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Flint Symphony Orchestras, as well as University of Michigan SMTD choirs, orchestras and opera productions. In addition to musical training and performances of the highest caliber, choir members engage in fun social activities within a friendly community of like-minded peers.

Tuition scholarships are available based on need.