Thank you for being an integral part of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus community. During our 25th Anniversary as an organization, we acknowledge that your support and presence has helped to grow us into the high-level institution we are today. This year, we are working to maintain our active presence throughout the borough and to strengthen the tight-knit family that we call Brooklyn Youth Chorus. We encourage you to use this page as a home base for all community events and spotlights. Please check back frequently.Resonance Community Program
RUNNERS-UP IN OUR HOLIDAY HARMONIES COVER CONTEST
For this year’s annual Holiday Harmonies concerts, held on December 16 and 17th at Tribeca Performing Arts Center, we decided to try something different. We asked our choristers to visualize how singing together makes them feel, and we held a contest. These pieces of artwork are runner-ups in our cover art contest, and the winners’ work has been printed on our program books. Come to one of our three concerts this weekend for the big reveal!
Artwork by Harper Giskan, Ara Hekinian, Aurora May Dumlao, Calder Biehle, Bianca Martinez, Lila Penenberg, Lincoln DePietro, Aglaia Mavromatis, Laura DePaolo, Carmen Wheeler
LEAH MILES AND THE NEW ENGLAND PREMIERE OF ENTANGLED
Leah Miles, Brooklyn Youth Chorus teaching artist, shares big news about her latest play, Entangled. Directed by Nate Bertone, you can experience Entangled beginning September 21 at the Salem Theatre Company. What makes the news even better? Entangled features the voices of Felix and Leo Hartley, two choristers from Brooklyn Youth Chorus, who help unearth childhood memories throughout the play. Don’t miss it!
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ALUMNI MAKING HEADLINES: ARYEH NUSSBAUM COHEN
Twenty-two year old Aryeh trained at Brooklyn Youth Chorus for five years before graduating from Concert Chorus (now Concert Ensemble) in 2008. Several young musicians were chosen to participate in the prestigious 2016 Merola Opera Summer Festival, and Aryeh was one of a few who made a “terrific first impression”.
“After a sparkling Overture from Serse , Brooklyn countertenor Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen immediately grabbed attention with a pitch-perfect rendition of the famous opening aria “Ombra mai fu.”… Cohen rightfully seized the spotlight. Many find the countertenor voice an acquired taste; the young New Yorker, with his strong…tone, should help win new fans.” – Bay Area Reporter
Follow Aryeh’s success here.Press +
JAZZING: TOM GREENLAND
In this provocative study based on the author’s deep immersion in the New York City jazz scene, chorister parent Thomas H. Greenland turns from the usual emphasis on artists and their music to focus on non-performing participants, describing them as active performers in their own right who witness and thus collaborate in a happening made one-of-a-kind by improvisation, mood, and moment.
“A probing, fascinating, and sensitive portrait of a community of ‘jazz people,’ Tom Greenland’s Jazzing reminds us that jazz is not simply sound, but is a way of life that impacts us in profound and different ways.”–Ken Prouty, author ofKnowing Jazz: Community, Pedagogy, and Canon in the Information AgePurchase Your Copy +
BIANCO AT ST. ANN’S WAREHOUSE
St. Ann’s Warehouse presents a free performance of BIANCO on Sunday, May 15 at 2 pm. For adults and kids 7+, enjoy International Circus under the Brooklyn Bridge. High flying trapeze, fire eaters, tightrope and live rock band.
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AALDC SUMMER SCHOLARSHIPS AT BROOKLYN YOUTH CHORUS
Do you know someone who would love to spend their summer at Brooklyn Youth Chorus? AALDC Scholarships are available to non-members and you can help spread the word! AALDC is accepting applications through April 28, 2016.Learn more
SIDEWALK INTERVIEW: ERIC WILLIAMSON
Our Chorus Manager Eric Williamson was snapped outside of Shubert Theatre on 44th Street, leading our Junior Ensemble kids into their Tosca performance. Check out his feature in Playbill: he gushes about our choristers and their energy, and tells us why he loves working at Brooklyn Youth Chorus!READ THE INTERVIEW
OUR ELECTIVES INSTRUCTORS
Brooklyn Youth Chorus piano instructor Julian Shore releases album Which Way Now?
Julian Shore has been called “a pianist/composer who beyond the obvious elegance of his playing has a clear sense of the bigger artistic picture” (Peter Hum, Ottowa Times). An “extremely precocious, serious musician” (JAZZIZ) he “riffs and waxes with a sense of space usually reserved for more veteran players.” (DownBeat)
After receiving a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music, and graduating in 2009, he has become a mainstay in the modern jazz scene in New York as both a leader and sideman. He has had the opportunity to perform and record with musicians such as Gretchen Parlato, Ferenc Nemeth, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Gilad Hekselman, Chris Cheek, Kendrick Scott, Mark Giuliana among many others. In addition to that, he is into his fourth year of teaching piano at Brooklyn Youth Chorus.
A few weeks ago Julian released his new record entitled Which Way Now?, an album focused on the process of artistic exploration and the joy of musical discovery. He incorporates strings, woodwinds and vocals to an all-star cast of New York’s finest improvisers. All About Jazz offers some early praise: “Pianist Julian Shore, a rising star with a wide gaze and a firm sense of self, uses each song as an opportunity for invention on the enthralling, multifaceted Which Way Now?… [he makes] each piece a self-contained story that’s not beholden to what comes before it. A sense of personalized sophistication and quiet intelligence, stitched into every performance, ultimately connects them all. ̣̣̣̣” Dan Bilawksy, All About Jazz You can preview the record and purchase it here or from iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby and wherever CDs are sold.Listen & Buy
Listen to a WQXR interview with our partner in Aging Magician, the founder of the wonderful Beth Morrison Projects.Listen
THE HOLIDAYS ARE HERE
Brooklyn Youth Chorus loves to carol and spread Holiday cheer. This year, our choristers have performed at several free community events throughout Brooklyn. Deck the Halls!
COMMUNITY POTLUCK AND TALENT SHOW
Talented choristers, alumni, family members and staff came together in the name of community, and it was a night to remember. Thank you for everyone who came, performed, and brought something to share!Event Photos Performers
HALLOWEEN AT BROOKLYN YOUTH CHORUS
Many of our divisions had the opportunity to dress up on October 30th during regular rehearsal times. We visited Pre-Teen Level 5 to take a peek at their colorful costumes!View the album
OUR FIRST UNIFORM SWAP
We are thrilled to be holding a Uniform Swap for the first time this year, thanks to the idea of Pre-Teen chorister parent Cristina Soto. Gently used uniform pieces will be collected from Nov 14 to Nov 20, and we will distribute on a first come, first served basis from 11am to 1pm on November 21.MORE INFO
PREP FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT
Our first-ever Family Movie Night was a great success! Thanks to all who came to watch The Snowman and Frosty the Snowman on a Saturday evening with us.Movie Night Photos
ST. ANN’S WAREHOUSE OPENING CELEBRATIONS
Brooklyn Youth Chorus opened the new St. Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO on October 17, 2015 with the Kronos Quartet. Featuring a free, community performance, the Chorus premiered by Mary Kouyoumdjian and Sahba Aminikia, as well as other commissions for the Chorus by Bryce Dessner, Caroline Shaw, Richard Reed Parry, Aleksandra Vrebalov, and Jherek Bischoff. Brooklyn Youth Chorus was also joined by Bulgarian a cappella trio Black Sea Hotel and other special guests.Read the review
GLEE AT THE 2015 ATLANTIC ANTIC
The Annual Atlantic Antic, presented by the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC), is the oldest and largest street festival in New York City. This year, we were proud to showcase our Summer Camp “GLEE” group during the 2015 Atlantic Antic Festival, conducted by Elizabeth Woodhouse. They sang a variety of repertoire, including an organic arrangement of “Landslide” which they arranged themselves. This was also the first year that Brooklyn Youth Chorus manned our own booth on Atlantic Avenue. We look forward to working with AALDC in the future and to performing at Atlantic Antic again next year.View The Facebook Album
22nd ANNUAL RED HOOK FEST
Brooklyn Youth Chorus was pleased to perform for the 2015 Red Hook Jazz Fest, a free community event featuring live music, dance and activities in celebration of the Brooklyn community.