Help AAYC entries win MLive’s Peeps Diorama Contest!

The MLive Peeps contest is up and running with two Ann Arbor Youth Chorale entries! One is by Descant Choir member Maya Liu and the other is by Mrs. Powell. Everyone can vote for both entries once an hour until 6 pm Wednesday, March 23. So go ahead and vote a lot!

Access photos and voting here:

Then vote for these two dioramas:

Ann Arbor Youth Chorale wants you to be one of our Peeps!” by Shayla Powell of Ann Arbor.

Ann Arbor Youth Chorale, Peep version – submitted by Maya Liu in Ann Arbor.

Spring Plant & Flower Sale

Spring is right around the corner, and it’s time for our last fundraiser of the season – the Spring Plant & Flower Sale!

We offer a variety of beautiful flowers, plants and vegetables that your family and friends will enjoy all summer and into the fall. The hanging baskets are perfect for gift giving – maybe for a special teacher, friend, or for Mother’s Day.

Sales Begin: Tuesday, March 1
Sales End: Tuesday, March 22 (extended date!) – ORDERS DUE

Delivery Date: Tuesday, May 3rd at Huron High


On Tuesday, March 1, all singers will receive the order brochure and several individual receipts (inside the envelope). The receipts contain useful planting information for each item.

Fundraising may not be everyone’s preference. However, it is crucial to AAYC’s continued success and we need everyone’s help to meet our goals. Each year we offer families a choice to opt out of fundraising activities by making a $100 donation to cover both the Winter Greenery and the Spring Plant & Flower sales. If you have already made this donation you are not obligated to participate now.

We ask each family to sell $110 worth of plants or donate $50 in lieu of participating. Be sure to take a look at the brochure. You won’t be disappointed with  the plants! We’ve been working with this vendor for several years and their plants are of the highest quality.

As always, we thank you for your support and participation this year!

Concert Choir Spring 2016 Practice Recordings

Will There Really Be a Morning – Alto

Will There Reallly Be a Morning – Soprano

Mahler Symphony No. 3/5th Movement/Professional

O Fortuna/Professional

Part 3, Tempus Est Iocundum/Professional

Part 3, Cour D’amours/Professional

Three Reflections/The Mountain/Soprano

Three Reflections/The Mountain/Alto

Three Reflections/The Grass/Soprano

Three Reflections/The Grass/Alto

Three Reflections/Summer Shower/Soprano

Three Reflections/Summer Shower/Alto


Cours d’Amour/SingersPartAlone

O Fortuna/SingersPartAlone






Mahler #3 Sop/Alto/SingerPartAlone

Mahler #3 Music/SingerPartAlone

Light and Glass/Unison

I Will Sing with the Spirit/Sop

I Will Sing with the Spirit/Alto

Feed the Birds/Soprano

Feed the Birds/Alto

A Song To End All War/Soprano

A Song to End All War/Alto


50/50 Raffle fun at December concert!

Feeling lucky? Purchase a ticket (or several) for the 50/50 Raffle at our upcoming Winter Concert on December 6. AAYC will keep 50% of the ticket sales, with the other 50% being awarded as a cash prize to one very lucky winner!

Tickets will be sold only on concert day between 2:15 pm and 4:00 pm, before the start of the performance. The winner will be drawn at random during the program.

You must be present to win. Tickets are cash sales only, and you must be at least 18 years old to purchase a ticket. However, tickets can be given to children under the age of 18, and there is no age restriction for winning the prize. The maximum prize value is $500.

Tickets are $1 each. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold, so be sure to get your tickets early. And good luck!!

AAYC to sing in Holiday Pops concert December 11

Ann Arbor Youth Chorale – both Descant and Concert Choirs – is thrilled to perform with the Ann Arbor Symphony at their Holiday Pops Concert on Friday, December 11 at 8:00 p.m. in the magnificent Hill Auditorium. Tickets and information are available at

Come cheer on AAYC choristers as they sing! It’s the perfect way to welcome in this holiday season. Bring your family and friends for a festive evening of orchestra and voice, classical and pops at this annual A2SO tradition.

Join us for a flavorful FUNdraising event!

December 29th is the day to dine at the Briarwood Mall’s California Pizza Kitchen AND support Ann Arbor Youth Chorale. California Pizza Kitchen will donate 20% of our sales to Ann Arbor Youth Chorale. This runs all day long: lunch and dinner, dine-in and carry-out, even online orders, curb-side pick-up, and catering! Simply present a copy of our flyer along with your order.

The flyer is attached to the 11/29 newsletter, and a printed version will be handed out to singers at rehearsal on Tuesday, 12/1. Please makes copies and share it with your family, friends, business associates, and other members of your social network who might like to enjoy a nice meal benefitting our wonderful organization.

Whether you’re looking for something to do with the family, shopping, making exchanges at the mall, or just looking forward to an evening with no cooking and cleanup, plan to dine at our fundraiser on December 29th and support Ann Arbor Youth Chorale!

Winter Concert Sunday, December 6

The Descant and Concerts Choirs will present their beautiful Winter Concert on Sunday, December 6 at Bethlehem United Church of Christ at 423 S. Fourth Ave. in Ann Arbor. The concert begins at 4:00 pm and is followed by a reception downstairs. Tickets will be sold at the door. AAYC spirit wear, totes and CDs are available for purchase – they all make great holiday gifts for your favorite singer(s) and their family!

AAYC’s Winter Concert promises a lifetime of memories for singers, families and friends. You won’t want to miss it!

(Be sure to read below for news about the 50/50 raffle!)

Student Messages and Advertising in Programs

Advertising in AAYC concert programs reaches several hundred local families and provides a great way to promote a business or organization. Best of all, ads support the Ann Arbor Youth Chorale!

Ads can be placed in both our Winter Concert (December 6, 2015) and Spring Concert (May 7, 2016) programs. Please download and print several copies of the order form, attached with the October 25 AAYC newsletter. Then share the form with businesses you know or frequent. Order forms, ad copy, and payment must be received by Tuesday, November 3, 2015, to be included in the Winter Concert program. Information including ad sizes, costs, and the AAYC address are all on the order form.

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It’s also time to start thinking about Student Messages for our Winter Concert program. This is a fun way to send special messages of support to your singer or singers. So start planning what you want to say! Messages are $10, with a maximum of 66 characters and spaces.

New this year: we also offer the option to include a photo with your message. From the October 25 newsletter, just download the Student Message order form for photo sizes and prices.

Game Night on October 23rd!

In response to the great times we’ve had at this event in the past, we’re hosting Game Night again for Youth Chorale members. It’s an evening of fun for kids (with the help of volunteers), as they play cards or board games, snack and socialize. The event will be from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Friday, October 23rd on the second floor of the NEW Center Building, 1100 N. Main in Ann Arbor. Parking and pick-up are easy, so it’s a convenient spot for this drop-off event.

Game Night is free, but we ask that you list your child on the sign-up sheet sent emailed by Lori Harris on October 11th newsletter. We also ask that each child bring a salty or sweet snack to share. AAYC will provide drinks, plates, napkins, etc.

This is a great chance to hang out with Youth Chorale kids and get to know them better. We hope to see lots of AAYC members at Game Night!

Fall 2015 Youth Chorale Season

The Youth Chorale continues with a busy and exciting calendar of events! Here it is, in brief:

December 1, 2015: pick up Winter Greenery orders

December 4, 2015: dress rehearsal for Winter Concert – all AAYC members

December 6, 2015: Winter Concert, 4 pm at Bethlehem United Church of Christ, 423 S. 4th Ave.

December 7, 2015: Dress Rehearsal with Ann Arbor Symphony

December 10, 2015: Dress Rehearsal with Ann Arbor Symphony

December 11, 2015: Holiday Pops concert with Ann Arbor Symphony, 8 pm at Hill Auditorium

December 29, 2015: Fundraiser at California Pizza Kitchen, Briarwood Mall. The restaurant will donate 20% of all orders (with flyer) to Youth Chorale

Winter Break – no rehearsals until January 5, 2016