Mary Anne Yancey believed that all children deserve the opportunity to discover the power of their own voice. The first in her family to go to college, Mary Anne dedicated her life to serving the children of Brooklyn through philanthropic service at Plymouth Church, BRIC, and — of course — Brooklyn Youth Chorus. In her 11 years as a member of the Board of Trustees, three of which were spent leading the organization as Board Chair, Mary Anne built a functional framework for our founding values, so that every child is welcome at Brooklyn Youth Chorus, regardless of their family’s ability to pay.
The Mary Anne Yancey Memorial Fund (MAY Fund) honors her memory by helping children from low-income families move towards the highest-levels of musicianship through one-on-one vocal instruction. Private voice lessons, often out-of-reach for families on financial aid, prepare choristers for artistic advancement. As Naomi A., a MAY Fund Scholarship Recipient from 2014-2018 put it, “Being a MAY Fund Scholar has given me the opportunity to be involved in something outside of myself. Brooklyn Youth Chorus has become my second home, and I spent the summer waiting to come back.”
It is our goal that this powerful instructional tool be available to all interested members of Brooklyn Youth Chorus. The MAY Fund makes that dream possible. Since its inception in 2013, the MAY Fund has:
- Given almost $90,000 in scholarships & financial aid
- Served more than 35 exceptional young singers
- Provided over 1,500 hours of instruction
- Sent nearly 100% of graduates on to a 4-year college
Mary Anne Yancey’s spirit of service still resonates throughout the Brooklyn community. With your help, her legacy at Brooklyn Youth Chorus can impact hundreds of young singers for years to come. Please click here to make a gift to the MAY FUND. Your support provides personalized instruction to deserving young artists as they learn the unique power of their own voice.