In Memoriam: Mary Anne Yancey

On October 25, 2013, Brooklyn Youth Chorus suffered a tremendous loss. Mary Anne Yancey, one of our staunchest advocates and greatest benefactors passed away. Mary Anne was intelligent, kind, formidable, and fiercely dedicated to her adopted borough of Brooklyn. She had many gifts which she shared generously with her friends and colleagues.

Mary Anne YanceySince 2002, Mary Anne Yancey has been a Trustee of Brooklyn Youth Chorus, and served as an articulate and inspiring leader for the board, staff, and students. During her three years as Chair, she presided over an extraordinary period of advancement, both academically and artistically. Under her leadership, Brooklyn Youth Chorus doubled the number of children served, tripled the amount of financial aid offered to families in need, embarked on our most adventurous artistic projects, attracted a new generation of supporters, and created a dynamic and challenging blueprint to lead our organization to its 25th anniversary.

Mary Anne was very proud of Brooklyn Youth Chorus’s featured performances with renowned artists such as the New York Philharmonic, Elton John, Barbra Streisand, Harolyn Blackwell and Kronos Quartet, and delighted in bringing her friends and family to see the Chorus’s young singers on prestigious stages such as Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, and BAM. She was fiercely proud of our impressive record of commissioning new works from celebrated composers such as Nico Muhly and Pulitzer Prize winners Caroline Shaw, David Lang, and Paul Morevec.

Her commitment to her family and community will never be forgotten, and we will honor her legacy by continuing her efforts, carrying forth her incredible dedication to Brooklyn Youth Chorus and the borough that she loved.

We are proud to honor her memory with the Mary Anne Yancey Memorial Fund, which will allow us to carry on her incredible dedication to our mission and programs. To make a designated gift to her fund, please click here.