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Thank you for your interest in Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

In these unprecedented times, very few things are certain. But one constant is the healing power of music. Children still need to thrive, still need to grow, still need to learn.

Founded in 1992, Brooklyn Youth Chorus has trained thousands of students in its history. And now, our renowned methods for teaching music, voice training, and performance have been re-envisioned for the virtual classroom.


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Chorus Overview


Why Beyoncé Is a Fan of These Teenage Singers From Brooklyn
The acclaimed Brooklyn Youth Chorus collaborates with cutting-edge composers and has become a resource for popular musicians.

In after-school rehearsals, students embrace both the fun and the discipline of music study. The Chorus’s age-appropriate curriculum grows with each child, from their earliest choral music experiences to the rigour of pre-professional training.

Students are trained using the Cross-Choral Training® method, a holistic and experiential approach to teaching voice and musicianship in a group setting, designed by Founder & Artistic Director Dianne Berkun Menaker. It is a functional voice training based on voice science, vocal health and a comprehensive approach to building sight-reading and music literacy skills.

Upon joining the Chorus, students are introduced to the art of choral singing and the study of music notation. Advanced singers study and perform a wide range of diverse choral music. They also enjoy increased opportunities for performance engagements, concert tours and recording sessions.

With a scope and pace appropriate for the ages and abilities of our singers, all students receive instruction in voice training, music literacy, and performance. We also focus on developing attention span, concentration and the art of collaborating as a group—skills vital to performing well in rehearsals, on professional concert stages, and in life.

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About Training Divisions 

Brooklyn Youth Chorus’s division structure is organized by both age and level of skill and experience. Most new choristers begin in one of the Training Divisions—Levels 1 to 6 and Men’s Training. Advanced singers (ages 11+) may be placed in one of the three  Performing Ensembles. The number and length of rehearsals, as well as the number of performances each year, increase as a chorister progresses through the program.

Levels 1 and 2 (boys and girls; ages 7-9)

  • One group rehearsal per week via Zoom (60 min/week). Class time will include
    teacher-led and off-camera activities
  • Access to online resources for self-directed learning
  • Participation in virtual chorus presentations

Level 3 (boys and girls; ages 10-12)

  • One group rehearsal per week via Zoom (90 min/week). Class time will include
    teacher-led and off-camera activities
  • Access to online resources for self-directed learning
  • Participation in virtual chorus presentations

Levels 4 &5 (boys and girls; ages 10-12) and Level 6 (boys and girls; ages 13+)
(Weekly Time Commitment – 2 Hours)

  • One group rehearsal per week via Zoom (90 min/week). Class time will include
    teacher-led and off-camera activities
  • Self-directed learning activities and special projects (30 min/week)
  • Participation in virtual chorus presentations

CLASS STRUCTURE

During our virtual instruction period, class time will be split between three (3) different segments, which includes full group and small group instruction as well as a mix of online instruction and independent work.

  • The first segment of each rehearsal class will be vocal development work.
  • The remainder of the rehearsal will be spent preparing choral repertoire for virtual recording projects and longer-term performance goals. Some portion of this time may include splitting out into voice part groups for sectional work.
  • During the third component of each day, students will work in smaller groups, rotating through short classes in solo repertoire, music theory, and applied musicianship (sight singing and ear training). Additionally, a portion of time will be left open each week for independent or partner work on special projects, recording, and home study.

PERFORMANCES

While it may be some time before we are able to perform standing side by side, there are still opportunities to participate in virtual chorus projects.

We have reenvisioned our annual winter concert as a Home for the Holidays virtual event, and are hopeful that we will be able to return to live performing for our year-end Spring Sings finale. More details to come!

TUITION AND FINANCIAL AID

Brooklyn Youth Chorus is committed to offering high-level chorus education to all who have a desire to sing, and we will continue to serve families regardless of their financial situation.

If your financial circumstances have changed, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We value having your child in our community and will be happy to discuss the variety of financial aid options available.


FAQs

How can a virtual chorus experience compare to singing in-person? Isn’t the point to sing together?

Those of us who sing truly understand part of what has been lost during the Covid-19 pandemic. Of course, our preference is to have adorable children singing together in-person each week. But singers are also a resilient group and we have completely re-envisioned our program to provide the same quality of vocal instruction and music education in a virtual environment. And we will be providing numerous opportunities for choristers to express themselves and sing together while we remain virtual.

What is the minimum technology I will need to participate in Virtual Programming?

At the minimum, you will need a phone, tablet, or computer with the Zoom app installed and a good internet connection (wireless or wifi) that can handle live video.

What are your plans for virtual vs in-person rehearsals for the Spring 2021?

Like you, we are eager to come back together in person as soon as possible, and plan to do so as soon as we can be sure we will all be safe and protected. We are currently hoping for a return to in person classes in January, but recognize that we may need to continue with virtual learning for the full season. We plan to confirm our plans for January in November.

I’m worried that my child will be sitting in front of a screen for too long. What is it like to participate in a virtual rehearsal with BYC?

When we train singers, we train their full bodies, not just their voices. All rehearsals begin with active stretching and warm-ups. Students will be asked to hold correct posture, stand when needed, and be generally active during each rehearsal.

Will my child be able to socialize with other students?

While rehearsals are primarily times for learning, there will be opportunities at the beginning and end of each rehearsal for socializing. Students will also participate in activities that encourage group participation. And we hope to create opportunities throughout the year for purely social activity.


About the Brooklyn Youth Chorus

Brooklyn Youth Chorus is a Grammy Award-winning collective led by visionary Founder & Artistic Director Dianne Berkun Menaker. The Chorus’s multi-level training program draws students from across the five boroughs and beyond and delivers world-class performances on stage and in the studio.

Founded in 1992, Brooklyn Youth Chorus serves more than 700 students in its after-school and public-school outreach programs each year. The Chorus’s professional faculty teach a range of repertoire and styles, emphasizing healthy and versatile vocal technique, music theory, sight-singing and ear training.

The Chorus has collaborated with an array of artists and organizations. Collaborators include the New York Philharmonic, The National, Wye Oak, Bon Iver, Thom Yorke, Nico Muhly, Barbra Streisand, Arcade Fire, Sir Elton John, and Grizzly Bear. As a producer of new music, the Chorus has commissioned more than 120 original works and world premieres by contemporary composers. Brooklyn Youth Chorus also develops original work, including the Silent Voices series (BAM, National Sawdust, New Victory Theater); Black Mountain Songs (BAM Next Wave Festival); and Tell the Way (St. Ann’s Warehouse). The Chorus has released two albums through New Amsterdam Records: Silent Voices (2018) and Black Mountain Songs (2017).

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