Miss Ruth E. Datz, Dr. Richard Ingram, and Dr. Donald Williams – all leaders in the choral community – founded the Ann Arbor Youth Chorale in 1987. Their purpose was to offer excellent and affordable choral ensemble training and performance to as diverse a group of talented children as possible in order to foster personal and social growth. They felt that the repertory performed by the Youth Chorale should reflect this diversity through the study of masterworks written in various languages and representing a variety of cultures, styles, and periods. Their purpose was not to compete with but to supplement school programs.
The AAYC’s excellent reputation has brought us many invitations from near and far to study, compete, and perform. Exciting venues we have visited include Detroit’s Orchestra Hall, Chicago’s Symphony Hall, and Saint Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria. We have sung at Disney World, with the Chicago Children’s Choir, the Michigan State University Children’s Choir, and with choirs in Cincinnati and Princeton. We partner frequently with local groups such as the Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts; the University Musical Society; the singing duo, GEMINI; and the Ann Arbor Symphony.