Introduce your child to the fun and discipline of music study.
Brooklyn Youth Chorus offers exceptional choral music training and performance opportunities for both boys and girls, grades 2-12.
Students that participate in the Chorus will become better singers and make lifelong friends. They also learn the value of teamwork, community, and discipline.
No experience is required, but a love of singing and enthusiasm for music is essential.
Auditions are NOW OPEN for the 2019-20 season, which runs from September 2019 to May 2020.
Remaining Fall Audition Dates: September 18 and 24
Click the button below to visit Brooklyn Youth Chorus Parent Portal, create an account and sign-up for an audition slot.
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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.Learn More About our Approach
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).Hear the Chorus